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.
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The new city district Bory, between the Small Carpathians and the Morava River in Bratislava, continues to grow. Its developer Penta Real Estates has announced two more phases to the residential area. After completion, the new district will feature offices, shops, parks and amenities including a kindergarten, besides housing.
Housing construction in recent years has lagged behind consumer demand in Slovakia. Not only were new apartments bought, but also older homes, whose prices were pushed higher by the acute shortage of new residential buildings.
Long-term manager and developer of logistics warehouses, P3 Logistic Parks, continues to record strong growth over the past 12 months. This has been driven, in part, by the boom in online demand, which has fuelled the need for strategically-located warehouses in Europe. P3’s customer base has grown by 20 percent, with customer retail share surpassing 30 percent for the first time in the company’s history.
Housing affordability in the Bratislava Region is the lowest compared to the remaining seven regions of Slovakia. This is true for employees with an average monthly wage of €1,360 and average prices of residential real estate. While the average wage in this region is 39 percent above the national average, the average price for one square metre of real estate is 117 percent higher than the average, specified VÚB bank analyst Andrej Arady.
Company owners are searching for more effective solutions for managing their companies. One of such solution is shared office space; as much as 80 percent of companies using this solution put cost reduction as the reason. This way they save especially on costs needed for acquisition of offices and rentals, as well as repair and maintenance costs, a survey conducted by International Workspace has confirmed.
Extensive reconstruction of Mlynské Nivy Street in Bratislava and construction of a brand new central bus station, including an adjacent high rise office building, are progressing. Currently almost 450 workers of various professions and 18 cranes are working on it, the biggest construction site in central Europe at 4.4 hectares large. The developer HB Reavis still promises to launch the new bus station in late 2020.
In the former industrial zone on Račianska Street in Bratislava, next to the Lidl retail store, stands an old brick smokestack and concrete beams. These are the remnants of a long defunct parquet factory. Developer Corwin plans to replace the remnants with Guthaus, a residential complex with a new vision for housing quality.