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.
“People are pushing architects and developers in this direction as they want to live ecologically,” said Pribila. “Simultaneously, they want to work in green buildings. Figures also show that they are healthier for it. Green architecture is a trend that is beginning to come to the fore in cities as well as in the countryside.”
He recalled that development and new constructions have brought a lot of concrete to cities over the last decades and that they cannot retain water any more. This results in negative phenomena especially during torrential rains, such as the ones that hit Bratislava in early September.
But ecological architecture can retain water in cities. For example, a green roof can absorb as much as 170 litres of water and reduce sewage costs by 5 percent. Moreover, a green roof cools the building during the summer and thus reduces the cost of air conditioning.
The European Union is beginning to push through the so-called Life-cycle assessment (LCA), a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance and disposal or recycling. This way the carbon and water footprints should near zero. Pribila recalled that for now the EU does not have a clear system of support for green construction with subsidy programmes targeting smart technologies rather than solutions closer to nature.
Germany is the sixth European country in which the Slovak developer HB Reavis is active. In mid-February it announced two major acquisitions in Berlin and Dresden totalling 3.5 hectares. The announcement followed only a few days after media reported on the sale of some HB Reavis projects in the Czech Republic.
The oldest shopping mall in Bratislava, Polus City Center in Bratislava’s Nové Mesto borough, is undergoing major reconstruction. With an investment of €4 million euros, the interior and exterior of the shopping mall will undergo radical change.
Mlynica, a former industrial building in Bratislava rebuilt into a multi-purpose building, is one of 40 projects shortlisted for the prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The biennial competition is considered to be the most prestigious architectural award in Europe.
The first of three residential towers of Sky Park, a project designed by the prominent Zaha Hadid Architect studio in Bratislava, reached its final height at the 31st above-ground floor at the end of last year. The other two towers will reach their final height during the first half of this year. Construction of the first of two office buildings and restoration of the historical heating plant known as Jurovičova Tepláreň are going on as well.
At the end of 2018, the offer of housing units in newly finished apartment buildings in Bratislava hit a low since 2002-2005, when this market started developing in Slovakia. This resulted in an increase of average prices of apartments.
The iconic building of the British retail chain Tesco department store in the centre of Bratislava has changed hands. The new owner of the building is the Mirage Shopping Center company of Žilina-based businessman George Trabelssie. Since 2016 the retail chain Tesco has sold five department stores across Slovakia. Trabelssie, who is close to former chair of the Slovak National Party (SNS) Ján Slota, acquired Tesco department stores also in Nitra and Žilina, the Hospodárske Noviny business daily reported. Tesco will continue to operate in the building on Kamenné Square as it will rent the premises.
The reconstruction of the Park Inn by Radisson Danube hotel in Bratislava has become the ugliest new building constructed between the years 2011 and 2018. As much as almost one third of 1002 participants in a survey organised by the website Trend Reality of the economic weekly Trend voted for it. The weekly launched the survey in early December. Its goal was to start a discussion and hold up a kind of mirror to developers.