Skanska plans new green office project in Central Prague (CZ)

Skanska Property Czech Republic is preparing for the development of a new green office building that will be named City Green Court, in Prague 4 - Pankrác. The building will be constructed in line with Skanska's strict environmental principles and aims to be certified in accordance with the international environmental certification system LEED.

CityGreen Court Prague

City Green Court in Prague will be LEED-certified.

Skanska's new development is located in an established business district in the Prague 4 – Pankrác at the corner of Hvězdova and Pujmanové street. Good accessibility and availability of services were crucial criteria for Skanska when choosing the site for its new office development. City Green Court is easily accessible by public transportation, bicycle or car. A wide range of services and amenities is provided in the area.

City Green Court will offer a leasable area of approximately 15.000 m² of modern A-class offices. The building will comprise of seven stories around a central atrium, with parking in the basement. The project start is planned to late 2010 and the new office building is expected to be ready for tenants during the first half of 2012.

"City Green Court reflects our company's focus on the aspects of efficiency, flexibility and sustainability. The building will be LEED-certified since we want to offer our customers an independent measure" states Britta Cesar, Managing Director of Skanska Property Czech Republic. "The fact that we are commencing a new investment in spite of the economic recession demonstrates that Skanska is a stable developer with a strong capital base and that we trust in the Czech office market."

City Green Court was designed by New York architect studio Richard Meier & Partners in the cooperation with the local Cuboid Architekti. A special attention is paid to ensuring that the building complies with the green criteria of the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standard. LEED takes into account the buildings environmentally aware design, the use of materials and resources, energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality as well as the location. This certification provides developers and building operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing sustainable solutions for the green building's design, construction, operations and maintenance.

"Buildings currently account for 40% of global carbon emissions during their lifetime, which is more than, for example, the automotive industry. Skanska has solutions to lower their impact on the climate," says Britta Cesar. "We are today able to construct energy-efficient buildings, which are not more expensive compared to the standard ones. I'm convinced that lower energy consumption, reduced discharges of CO2 and healthier working environment will be appreciated by the tenants."

Source: Skanska Property Czech Republic

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