Sustainability of each floor, therefore artificial light must be

Sustainability wise, the building has achieved
an energy performance rating of “A” due to low CO2 emissions. To achieve such a
rating, the engineers had utilized a geothermal ground water heat pump for the
heating and cooling of the building, which runs 14m deep. Each of the 35
offices had been allocated a provision to the geothermal system, which allows
the offices to “tap in” utilized the system by the tenants, provided piping and
specialized equipment is purchased and installed at their own expense. 

The design of the building’s façade and
openings has been built in a way to minimize exposure to the sun and reduce
energy consumption. The rain screen aluminum decorative exterior panels on the east
and west sides of the building were fit onto a secondary steel frame structure
with thermal insulation, which “wraps” around the main building construction
and shields it from the sun. All offices feature double-glazing windows with
low energy features, whilst the lobby area features tempered glass panels.

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Building Management System (BMS) has also been utilized, which monitors and
controls the lightning, HVAC, security, fire alarms, elevators and other
parameters of the building, to effectively manage the building’s “heart-beat”
and efficiently monitor energy consumption, for example, as the building is not
operating at its full occupancy rate, only two of the four elevators are
operational, to minimize energy consumption. All floors feature standalone
light sensors in the common areas and switch on automatically upon detection of
movement. Energy efficient LED lightning has been used throughout the building.

Unfortunately, no natural lighting is present
in the common halls of each floor, therefore artificial light must be used
whenever passing through the common hall area on all office levels.

The oval design of the building and decorative
aluminum panels, albeit looks creative, restricts the building from have any
horizontal areas, thereby making it impossible to efficiently utilize the
“dead” areas of the building and harvest the energy of the sun for water
heating purposes and/or to install photovoltaic panels.

The building does not feature a rainwater
collection system, nor does it have a grey water treatment plant, both of which
could have been utilized for the watering of the grounds or in the toilets.

conclude, whilst the building has achieved an A rating, Cybarco, the developer
of The Oval, could have taken an additional step forward to achieve a better
energy rating and sustainability of the building i.e. utilizing the energy of
the sun to power the building, of which there is plenty in Cyprus, as de-facto,
The Oval only features a geothermal pump system, BMS, LED lighting and thermal
insulation, all of which are commonly used in new developments.