News Article Budapest certification ESG green Hungary LEED office Skanksa
by Property Forum | Office

The first phase of Skanska's H2Offices has earned a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Core and Shell version 4 certification with 84 points, which is currently the highest score in Hungary. Based on its accessibility features, the building also obtained the highest rating of Access4You certification, meaning Gold level.

András Ábrahám, Project Director of Skanska's commercial development business unit in Hungary, stated: "We shape sustainable places to support healthy living beyond our lifetime, and this milestone underscores our commitment towards such aspiration. Achieving the highest LEED Core and Shell version 4 certification score in Hungary is proof of the thoughtful design and construction of H2Offices and of our overall mission to build for a better society."

The development earned additional recognition for features such as a light pollution reduction strategy, a significant reduction in irrigation (98%) for outdoor water use, and an all-LED design which includes no mercury. The first phase, now completed, introduces 27,000 sqm of space created in accordance with ESG principles.

H2Offices is designed to optimize energy efficiency, contributing to reduced operational costs. The first phase boasts an array of sustainability-enhancing features, including 40% water savings, an annual reduction of 540 tons of carbon emissions (equivalent to 2,685 round airplane trips from Budapest to Warsaw), as well as a 37% decrease in energy consumption.

In addition to environmental solutions, accessibility is also an essential element and vital feature of the project, with H2Offices Skanska has created a truly inclusive environment and received the prestigious Gold certification of Access4You, which evaluates accessibility features of the built environment. The office building features level entryways from both sides and is equipped with motion-activated automatic doors, a motor-operated single-leaf door, and an intercom at each entrance. Inside, the building features tactile paving signs, an induction loop and an online sign language service at reception to support hearing-impaired visitors, as well as barrier-free toilets on every floor.