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Hungary’s First LEED Building Takes Shape

Hungary’s First LEED Building Takes Shape

Hungary’s first LEED certified office building, which will be the greenest in Budapest, is currently taking shape.

Developed by construction and property management group Skanska, work has recently started on ‘Green House’ on Kass├ík Lajos in central Budapest, located close to the River Danube.

Despite still being in the early stages of construction, the property has already gained an EU Green Building certification based on its design and projected energy consumption, along with the highest LEED certification of 92 out of 106. It achieved the biggest score in the energy efficiency and water efficiency sectors.

Green House is expected to use 30% less energy than conventional office buildings, which is made possible by its sustainable planning. Designed by White Arkitekter AB from Sweden and Hungary’s DPi Design Kft, the building features geothermal cooling, green roofs and electrical charging points for low carbon transport.

It will also re-use grey water and feature solar collector heating for the supply of hot water.

Once completed in December 2012, Green House will have around 192,000 sq ft of lettable office space along with a roof terrace, landscaped gardens, multilevel underground parking and bicycle storage.

Aside from office space, the plans also allow space for a restaurant and a café.

According to The Guardian, Managing Director of Skanska Property Hungary, Andreas Lindel├╢f, said: “We are very proud to be the first property developer in Hungary to realise such a meaningful project as Green House. We expect this to be a landmark, establishing baseline standards for our future developments.”

In June 2011, developers Skanska reached the top spot in the Sunday Times’ Best Green Companies Awards list, which was described as a “fantastic achievement” by Director of Environment at Skanska UK, Jennifer Clark.

“This is a fantastic achievement and is a reflection of the continued hard work and commitment of everyone who works for Skanska to make us the greenest company in the UK,” she said, speaking in June.

Image left: Parliament Building in Budapest.

“We are all immensely proud and believe this will open new doors for us to win more ‘Green Business’ and work with clients who share our vision and green ethos.”

Hungarian capital Budapest is protected as a World Heritage Site and is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. Its list of protected sites include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Heroes’ Square, while its geothermal springs and enormous Parliament Building – the largest property in Hungary – are popular tourist attractions.

Formerly two cities known as Buda or Óbuda on the west bank, and Pest on the east bank, the city formally joined in 1873 and became the single city of Budapest.

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