Budapest ONE 1st Office Building in Hungary With Highest Well Rating

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Budapest One by Futureal.

The first 25,000 sqm phase of Budapest ONE has received Well “Platinum” certification, the highest rating available from the third-party sustainability accreditation organization. The office building was the first in Hungary to meet the highest requirements of the International Well Building Institute (IWBI), which was confirmed by on-site inspections by international experts, according to the developers, Futureal.

The International Well Building Standard values and recognizes space that improves people’s health and well-being. Currently, only five complexes in Hungary have the certification for people-centered buildings, four of which were developed by Futureal. The first phase of Budapest ONE was handed over at the beginning of 2020.

“In addition to location, accessibility, and a people-centered environment, energy efficiency has emerged as one of the most important factors in the decision to choose an office,” says Tibor Tatár, CEO of the developer.

“Futureal has always developed its buildings to the highest sustainability standards, often as an industry pioneer. Thanks to these efforts, we can offer attractive options even for particularly energy cost-sensitive major tenants,” he adds.

In line with sustainability certification requirements from another third-party organization, Breeam, the Budapest ONE office building has been equipped as standard with intelligent building management systems to ensure optimal operation of mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as low-carbon and energy-efficient heating and cooling technologies, according to Futureal.

The office complex was one of the first in Hungary to be pre-certified to the highest IWBI standard, which recognizes aspects that have a positive impact on the health and well-being of employees during the design phase of buildings. Futureal has also launched what it calls a “Stay Safe” initiative, introducing new health protection regulations and technical solutions.

Rooftop Track

The interior walls of Budapest ONE are covered in calming colors, and there is a green roof garden, bicycle storage with showers, and a rooftop running track. In addition, it is possible to charge electric cars in the garage, and selective waste collection is also a standard feature.

Half a hectare of open public space was created inside the building, and a weather-controlled, low-water consumption irrigation system was installed.

“In line with the highest Well requirements, we create unique office areas that enable tenants to create attractive, healthy, and creative workplaces for their employees while they can improve their ESG performance and, therefore, their competitiveness,” comments Gábor Radványi, the chief architect for Futureal Development.

“Our commitment is proven by the fact that four of the five Well-certified buildings in Hungary were developed by Futureal. Moreover, Budapest ONE’s Well ‘Platinum’ recognition is a rarity not only in the country but also internationally, as it is [only] the second building in CEE that has been proven to meet the highest expectations during the on-site inspection of the international certifiers.”

The first Well certification in Hungary was obtained by the Corvin Technology Park office building on Corvin Sétány, completed by Futureal in 2021. This year, both phases of Advance Tower on Váci ut also received Well certification. Upon completion, Budapest ONE will add a total of 65,000 sqm of leasable space to the Budapest office market.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of December 2, 2022.

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