IVG Immobilien AG has obtained the internationally coveted awards LEED Silver, Gold, and Platinum of the US Green Building Council for three of their most recently completed project developments in Germany and in addition the first LEED-Certificate granted for a building in Hungary.
At the beginning of 2011, a total of six commercial properties in Germany were given LEED certifications, with IVG awarded with three of them. LEED is the abbreviation of 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design'.
The IVG project development 'An den Brücken' on Landsbergerstrasse in Munich, a location perfectly linked to public transport and in sight of Munich central railway station, was given LEED Platinum. The building comprises usable space of 5,800 m², with 90% of space let. The adjacent and slightly bigger part was given LEED Gold. Providing 20,600 m², it is let in its entirety to FTI Touristik.
The first new building project in Europe to be awarded LEED Silver according to the new system LEED-CS v2009 was the IVG project ARTQUADRAT in Bonn. The property is let to a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.
These three office buildings are included in the IVG 'Premium Green Fund', the first and biggest 'green' special real-estate fund (investment volume of 300 million) which was subscribed by five institutional investors in spring 2010. This fund also comprises two properties (Hackesches Quartier in Berlin and Frankfurt Central next to Frankfurt main station) for which the certifications are still expected.
An additional silver medal has just been granted to IVG Infopark 'E' in Budapest. It is the first LEED certificate awarded by the US Green Building Council to a building in Hungary. The IVG Infopark 'E' is the latest construction in an office park offering a total of 100,000 m² of office space, developed by IVG. The most prominent tenant is the Government of Hungary, that has leased office space for 20 years for the newly founded European Institute of Innovation and Technology. It is the first
EU organization seated in Hungary, a European equivalent to the US MIT. Other well known tenants are Lufthansa Systems, the international KRAFT FOODS Corp. and the Chinese ZTE Corp.
Already at the beginning of the planning process at a time, when neither LEED nor any other certifications were brought into focus, IVG in their capacity as a building-owner were fully aware of the significance of ecologically compatible real estate and paved the way for ecological, energy-efficient and socially responsible project developments. By means of innovative construction planning and building services engineering the prerequisites of significant business optimizations were set and environmentally friendly construction material was used.
"We have clearly determined the course towards a sustainability stra