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 prestigious architecture award Arch went to the Vallo Sadovsky Architects studio for the Nádvorie (Courtyard) project in Trnava involving reconstruction and extension of a set of historical buildings in the city centre.
After more than a 10 year break, construction work on the derelict skeleton of an unfinished shopping centre in Nitra will resume. The developer Living Park will rebuild it into a complex named Promenáda Living Park, combining shopping with housing. It has already obtained a construction permit, the SITA newswire reported.
Aupark, one of the first modern shopping centres in Bratislava, is to extend its premises. A new block, for which it has already obtained permissions, should add a new parking lot as well as extension of the retail area, the Trend weekly informs on its website dedicated to real estate.
The construction industry is a huge consumer of energy and generator of greenhouse gases. Thus, it is important to pursue green building to reduce these negative impacts. In Slovakia, green buildings and ecological construction make up 20-25 percent of all newly built real estate commented Martin Pribila, an expert in construction and green building in the discussion programme Tablet TV, hosted by the TASR newswire.
Despite geopolitical uncertainty and a slow down in the economic cycle, investment in the global property market has seen a significant rise of 18 percent year-on-year to a new record high of $1.8 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion in 2017. Cushman & Wakefield, which examines global commercial real estate investment activity, assessing cities by their success at attracting capital, came to this conclusion in their latest report.
Fewer than 3,000 new apartments are available on the market of new residential buildings in Bratislava, which is the lowest figure for the past two years. As demand for new apartments is still relatively lively, prices for new units continue to grow slightly, the TASR newswire cited the real estate agency LEXXUS.
The Austrian company Soravia has opened a new retail zone in Liptovský Mikuláš in northern Slovakia, the Retail Park Liptovský Mikuláš. It is 9,000 square metres and is the first investment by the Austrian developer outside Bratislava. The investment totalling €22 million has created 100 jobs so far.