Prague’s Zlatý Anděl facility has received the BREEAM Excellent environmental certificate in the In Use category. In effect, it has become the oldest office building in the Czech Republic to obtain a certificate at this level. The Cushman & Wakefield real estate services firm is the property’s facility management provider.
Completed in 2000, the Zlatý Anděl building received an overall score of 80% in the rating. It was assessed in the In Use category, which is intended for all projects that have been completed. New projects are rated in the New Construction category. The evaluation focused on the environmental impact of the building’s management and operation in particular in terms of energy consumption, technical facility management and use of renewable resources. The certification and the implementation of the changes required to obtain it bring property owners an increase in the building’s market value as well as a decrease of its operating expenditures.
“We have successfully reduced energy consumption in the shared premises of the Zlatý Anděl by one half over the last five years. We achieved this through an upgrade of the building’s systems and equipment, for example by installing frequency converters, LED fixtures and so on, and also through streamlining equipment control using I&C (instrumentation and control) systems,” says Luboš Balík, Senior Property Manager at Cushman & Wakefield who is in charge of managing the Zlatý Anděl.
“In order to obtain the certificate, we had to adopt additional measures as well: for example, our major suppliers must possess the required ISO certificates, and we also regularly monitor CO2 concentration in offices, water quality and other parameters. To improve biodiversity, we have installed bird and bat houses and also an insect hotel on the premises,” Mr Balík adds.
“The overall score achieved in the rating is a weighted average of point allocations for the individual aspects assessed. These include issues such as pollution, energies, and location and environment, which is where the Zlatý Anděl obtained a 100% rating,” says Tereza Jelínková, Project Manager and BREEAM In-Use Auditor at Cushman & Wakefield. “We at Cushman & Wakefield have been pursuing long-term improvements in the environmental standards of the buildings we manage. We have also helped Prague’s Anděl Park and Brno’s Titanium facilities in obtaining the certificates,” Ms Jelínková adds.
BREEAM Certification is independent environmental rating of buildings, which helps to reduce the environmental impact of operating buildings, contributes to reducing operating costs and streamlining building management and operation, and sets an operational standard for buildings. The certificate has to be renewed every year and buildings have to undergo an audit once in every three years in order to ascertain if they still satisfy the defined criteria; otherwise the certificate will be withdrawn.