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UNIQ office building wins golden LEED certificate
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UNIQ office building wins golden LEED certificate

UNIQ Staromestská, a new office building in Bratislava’s Old Town, has successfully undergone demanding environmental certification. Only five months after getting approval for construction works, the project by the developer Cresco Group received the LEED Gold certificate.

 

The Green LEED certificate proves that UNIQ Staromestská is an exemplary working environment with a responsible environmental strategy,” said Ján Krnáč, managing director for Cresco Group, as cited by the press release. “The project has been successfully assessed in terms of its environmental, economic, functional and technical properties. We are one of the few developers to have delivered a completely new building in the centre of our capital, which is why we were determined to globally showcase recognised eco-friendly technologies.”

 

A building’s energy consumption largely depends on the behaviour of its tenants, said Marek Kremeň, auditor at EXERGY Studios and Simulácie budov. However, if a building meets LEED certification criteria, it can save up to 16 percent of all operation costs allocated to the energy systems, e.g. heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting, compared to a reference building. UNIQ Staromestská’s roof features extensive greenery which requires very little maintenance. This also prevents a ‘thermal island’ effect while reducing cooling costs. During the initial design stage, the building’s thermal comfort and use of daylight were tested using modern computer simulations and the façade’s performance was also tested using a thermal vision study.

 

The new building has already welcomed its first tenants, including the law firm Čechová & Partners, Oriflame and CBRE.

 

Our aim is to provide all our tenants with energy-efficient high-quality office areas,” added Ján Krnáč. CBRE Property Management Group is the developer’s partner in the area of property management.

 

UNIQ Staromestská comprises of three underground and seven over-ground floors. It offers office area of 7,656 square metres and 917 square metres of retail and storage area.

 

The Gold LEED rating is the result of close collaboration between the Cresco Group and the building’s designers, Bogle Architects, together with an impressive team of consultants.

 

Replacing a former parking lot, the boutique project enjoys a prominent location on the corner of Veterná and Staromestská streets.

 

We are very happy to have led the design for this project. It is a stellar example of a responsible approach towards design,” said Ian Bogle, founder of Bogle Architects as cited in the press release. “This also stems from our efforts to think differently and continuously expand our limits.”

 


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