Skanska eyes WELL certification for CEE buildings

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Real estate firm Skanska will help introduce the WELL Building Standard to the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, which the firm considers a “major leap towards fully sustainable buildings,” according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Spark, developed in the Wola district of Warsaw by Skanska. 

The developer’s Spark offices in Poland will be one of the first to pursue state-of-the-art WELL Certification, a preeminent building standard focusing on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment, and Skanska says it will also apply for certification for its projects developed in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

“Newest trends point towards people and their needs, so developers have also started putting humans in the center of their office building concepts,” said Marcin Lapinski, managing director of Skanska Property Hungary & Romania. “This approach is already being introduced in the CEE region as one of Skanska’s Polish projects, Spark, is about to get WELL certification. We are also planning to apply for it here in Hungary for upcoming office projects which are currently in the design phase,” he added.

Administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the WELL Building Standard is the premier standard focusing on the influence that the places in which we work, live and play have on the well-being of their occupants, according to Skanska.

In order to achieve certification, WELL requires the property owner to submit documentation regarding their property, and have it undergo rigorous testing and a final evaluation by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the third-party certification body for WELL that evaluates whether properties meet WELL performance requirements in areas such as water and air. In order to maintain certification, testing must be carried out every three years. 

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