Healthy offices providing a sustainable environment in terms of energy, as well as their surroundings, are a world trend that has not skipped Slovakia. There are a number of buildings that have already received or are applying for the world-renowned LEED, BREEAM, WELL or Fitwell certifications. One of them is the Einpark office building in Petržalka, which – as the first in Slovakia – has successfully completed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pre-certification to the highest degree, Platinum.
“For us the project is not over when we hand the completed building to the client or rent all the premises,” said Marián Hlavačka, CEO of Corwin, developer of the office building, as cited in the press release. “Right at that time the most important moment arrives, when the building has to begin operating in symbiosis with its surroundings and provide people with comfort and a pleasant healthy environment.
To obtain the certificates, properties need to meet a set of ranked criteria for design, construction, operation, and the maintenance of green buildings and neighborhoods, that aim to help building owners and operators use resources efficiently and in an environmentally friendly way. Thanks to the unique technical solutions used at Einpark such as air conditioning that reacts to the number of people in the office and the many ecological elements in the design, this office building will rank among the one percent of the buildings in the world with the lowest CO2 emissions.
“To obtain a LEED Platinum certificate is very demanding,” said Samuel Sůra, specialist in sustainability at the Salvis company, adding that for them working on the Einpark project as consultants is a challenge and a pleasure.
Platinum pre-certification means the elimination of dust from the construction site, the protection of arable land, keeping the surroundings of the construction site clean and the almost 100 percent separation of waste during construction and the recycling of construction materials.
Photo: Courtesy of Corwin
The PNK Group, an international developer of industrial and logistics real estate from Russia, has joined the European real estate market by constructing a new industrial park called PNK Park Sereď in western Slovakia. Spanning 45,000 square metres of industrial space, the park offers premises for various uses: storage, distribution centres and light industry assembly halls.
After the British carmaker Jaguar Land Lover (JLR) announced its plan to build a brand new plant in Nitra, local real estate prices skyrocketed. Now the situation seems to be calming down. This is because the central bank has tightened conditions for taking out mortgages as well as developers announcing projects for the construction of new apartments.
The Czech investment fund Arete Invest, focusing on investment in real estate, is building a new warehouse for the international chain of fashion e-shops Factcool in the industrial park at Nové Mesto nad Váhom.
Investors in Slovakia are becoming more interested in launching their projects on brownfield sites or old industrial premises, Martin Varačka, head of the department of industrial real estate at CBRE Slovensko, confirmed for the TASR newswire. Apart from their further use for manufacturing or warehousing, new functions including residential ones may also be found for such sites.
The average price of flats in all eight Slovak regional capitals increased over July. Nevertheless, the increase of a mere €8 per square metre, from €1,613 to €1,621 per square metre, is the lowest month-on-month increase over the last few months. Thus, the expectations of Vladimír Kubrický, analyst for Realitná únia, have been fulfilled after he predicted that, following the tightening of conditions for taking out mortgages introduced by the National Bank of Slovakia as of July 1, 2018, there would be a stabilisation of prices.
Investors invested almost €500 million into commercial real estate in Slovakia during the first half of 2018. This almost equals investments for the whole year of 2017, which amounted to €535 million, the data of the real estate consultancy company JLL indicates.
One Fashion Outlet 1 near the village of Voderady, the biggest outlet centre in Slovakia, has filed for bankruptcy, the Trend weekly informed. The further fate is now in the hands of the courts.