Postepu 14 among the greenest buildings in Warsaw
Elevators recovering energy while braking, LED light interior bulbs saving 50% of energy as well as rainwater harvested form A/C for reuse. These are just a few ecological solutions to lower energy consumption and create a friendly as well as healthy work environment for employees of Postepu 14 in Mokotow district. The office scheme developed by international real estate company HB Reavis boasts the BREEAM Final certificate with an “Excellent” rating.
From an early stage, HB Reavis considered the environmental impact of the construction process and performance of the completed project. Thanks to the use of certified ecofriendly products, the building’s waste, pollution and unnatural aromas were limited to ensure a pleasant and non-hazardous work environment. This also included the use of high class carpets, ceiling tiles and paints.
Stanislav Frnka, President of the Management Board at HB Reavis Poland said: “Green office buildings are not a temporary fashion statement or marketing slogan. Such solutions really have an impact on the comfort and health of people working in our buildings as well as the sustainable development of cities. After Gdanski Business Center, Postepu 14 is actually our second development in Warsaw to achieve the BREEAM Excellent certification. We are very proud since there still are not that many Excellent rated buildings in Poland.”
A significant part of Postepu 14 is also powered by energy from renewable sources. The electricity consumed by the building’s facilities is generated by wind turbines situated in north-western Poland. Moreover, the building’s elevators are equipped with energy recovery system, which means that when the brakes are applied, the reclaimed energy is utilized back into the building’s grid to be later used to cover the energy consumption of lightening or monitoring needs.
Postepu 14’s visitors will also notice that the spacious lobby, interior common areas and surrounding public space all use energy-saving LED light bulbs. For office occupants LED lightening means lowering the total lighting costs by 50% compared to similar schemes equipped with standard strip lights. Water waste has also been limited with greenery and HVAC system using rainwater stored in a dedicated retention tank.
The BREEAM certification (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is a well-recognised method in Europe to verify the energy efficiency and quality of an existing building. Management, health and well-being of users, water, energy, light and carbon dioxide consumption, transport, materials used, waste management, ecology, management of green spaces, pollution and innovation are the 10 different categories which are carefully assessed when evaluating the building.
Offering a total of 34,500 sq m of Grade A office space, Postepu 14 is home to several international businesses including AstraZeneca, Samsung and Ikano Bank. The building’s certification process was managed by design, engineering and management consultants Grontmij.