New RTL HQ Gets Class “A” Energy Certificate Following Renovation by Wing

Sustainability

The renovation of Liget Center, as part of a Wing development, continues to progress according to schedule, and Liget Center Auditorium has reached an important milestone, as it has been given a rating of “A” for energy efficiency and “A+” for CO2 emission efficiency, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The highest level of energy modernization is almost unique among historic buildings in the Hungarian office market, Wing says.

The company installed the most energy-efficient systems possible in Liget Center Auditorium, taking into account the characteristics of the monument, the ESG aspects, and the special technological needs of RTL Hungary, and thanks to the reconstruction, the building, which has a modern architectural value, was reborn as a nearly zero-energy building.

Wing notes that its main mission is to preserve the values of the complex Hungarian modernist architecture that defines the image of Budapest, and to do so in a sustainable manner.

Liget Center Auditorium has not been used since the 1980s and its condition has deteriorated considerably. Following the exemplary renovation and change in function, the historic building will be home to the news directorate and news and infotainment studios of RTL Hungary, while the adjacent classic building will be used for office purposes of RTL's business areas. From this summer, the facilities will serve as RTL’s downtown headquarters for the media group’s 500 employees.

“Increasing the energy efficiency of our buildings and switching to modern, environmentally friendly technologies has been our goal for a long time in our office developments. However, Liget Center Auditorium is the first office building developed by Wing where we have turned a more than 70‑year‑old building into a nearly zero-energy building. It is extremely rare in the Hungarian office building market for a listed building to meet all energy efficiency criteria after renovation, so we are particularly pleased that we have managed to obtain a rating of “A” for Liget Center Auditorium," said Gábor Angel, deputy CEO of Wing Zrt responsible for offices.

During the renovation of Liget Center Auditorium, the entire heating and cooling system was installed with cutting-edge heat pump equipment. The developer provided the windows and doors with three layers of glazing and thermal insulation. A thermal insulation layer was also added to both the roof and the facades, and state-of-the-art LED light sources were installed.

Liget Center Auditorium is redesigned by Tiba Architects Studio, while the general construction is carried out by Workup, a specialized division of Fitout Zrt.

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