Eiffel Palace wins Leadership in Building Design and Performance award
Eiffel Palace, located in central Budapest and in possession of the LEED Gold and BREEAM Very Good certificate, was awarded the Leadership in Building Design and Performance title by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) in Verona last Thursday at Greenbuild Euromed, according to an announcement published yesterday.
“The WorldGBC Leadership Award is the most prestigious recognition of our ongoing commitment to develop sustainable buildings that excel both with their future-proof design and long-term energy performance. Eiffel Palace – with its 120 years of history, innovative technical solutions and dual environmental certificate – is a unique gem among European office buildings,” Attila Kovács, MRICS, Managing Partner at Horizon Development said on behalf of the project.
“We are very proud of the achievement of this project and the role that our member company DVM group played in it. This building is a great example of how we can make a historical building sustainable,” Mónika Tornóczky, Secretary General of Hungary Green Building Council, said.
“Eiffel Palace is an outstanding example of contemporary architectural design that embeds novel energy and water saving solutions into a historic building on a heritage site. The Eiffel Palace building renovation preserves the future, while reflecting on the past,” the Architects Council of Europe remarked as one of the expert partner organizations on the awards jury.
“A knowledge-based society must be based on the intelligent use of resources to allow the prospect of producing more while consuming less,” awards partner the European Council of Engineers Chambers said.
The biannual awards were established by WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network to promote leadership in sustainability and inspire best practice in building projects, business practice and public policy, the announcement says.
Eiffel Palace is a Central Business District development of unique significance in historic preservation, urban planning, sustainability and general construction, the announcement said. It officially opened its doors in Budapest in 2013. After 120 years, the former Pesti Hírlap and Zrínyi Nyomda building has been restored to its original splendor and has contributed to the rebirth of the Hungarian capital, the announcement added.
The building’s dual environmental certificate (LEED Gold, BREEAM Very Good) is unique in Central and Eastern Europe, the statement said. Apart from the focus on environmental value creation, it also puts great emphasis on restoring historic values, paying tribute to the heritage of Pesti Hírlap and Zrínyi Nyomda with its exhibition on the history of printing and the display of original machinery in the buildingʼs common areas, it added.
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