The Futureal Group has been awarded WELL Building “Platinum” pre-certification for its three current Budapest office projects: Advance Tower; Corvin Technology & Science Park (Corvin 5); and Budapest One Business Park.
The three complexes will collectively provide more than 100,000 sqm of WELL, LEED and BREEAM accredited office space.
The Well building standard was established as a third-party interior sustainability accreditation system for multi-tenanted office buildings, and is designed to run in partnership with the LEED accreditation system.
The Washington-based International Well Building Institute’s system examines the impact of buildings on the human body in terms of health and wellbeing and rates buildings based on seven categories: air; water; healthy nourishment; natural light; fitness; comfort; and mental freshness. The Well Building Standard aims to create office buildings that have a beneficial impact on the health, well-being and comfort of employees in addition to environmental protection, the institute says. Developers and building designers are increasingly designing projects that conform to WELL specifications, as tenants are showing a greater concern with interiors and the wellbeing of staff. The certification is relatively new, however; there are currently just 34 WELL pre-certified office buildings worldwide.
“Futureal Group has committed to developing all of its future office buildings according to WELL Building standards, since the health of the employees working in the building must be a key priority during planning. The WELL Building Standard, together with LEED and BREEAM certifications, forms a complex system that leads to creating buildings that meet the highest sustainability requirements,” said Tibor Tatár, CEO of Futureal.
Futureal Group started the construction of Advance Tower on Váci út at the end of 2016 and the project has also been awarded BREEAM certification. The 20,000 sqm project will be completed in two phases with an investment of EUR 68 million (HUF 21 billion).
The EUR 90 mln Corvin 5 project will deliver 27,000 sqm of space in the Corvin Quarter urban rehabilitation development adjacent to the Nokia Skypark office building. The first phase of the office complex is expected to be handed over by the end of 2018.
Futureal’s latest mixed-use project includes the phased 70,000 sqm Budapest One office park next to Etele tér and Kelenföld railway station, a major multi-modal transportation hub at the western edge of the city. The first phase of the office park will deliver around 25,000 sqm of offices in addition to 2,600 sqm of retail and service units.
“Futureal Group’s office buildings with WELL precertification at the ‘platinum’ level will achieve better indoor air quality with advanced ventilation and higher quality drinking water,” commented Gábor Radványi, chief architect at Futureal.
“The complex will meet advanced international accessibility standards and increase the opportunities for physical activity and healthier nutrition options. Meanwhile, employees will be able to enjoy art works and biophilic solutions that can contribute to the better performance of colleagues through maintaining their physical and mental health,” he added.
Both HB Reavis and Skanska have also committed to seeking WELL accreditation for their Budapest development projects.