Futureal Group is about to realize the first Well Building Standard certified office building in HungaryFutureal Group’s Advance Tower is getting closer to becoming the first office building in Hungary obtaining the Well Building Standard (WELL) certification. The International Well Building Institute’s system examines buildings’ impact on human body, health and environment and rates them based on 7 categories – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The pre-qualification process of Advance Tower that will be built at Váci street has already started. All further office projects of Futureal Group will be realized in line with the requirements of the Well Building international standard
Air pollution contributes to 7 million premature deaths worldwide but physical inactivity is similarly dangerous. Most of the office workers performing sedentary jobs obtain only 6-10 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day instead of the recommended daily 30-minute minimum of moderate-intensity physical activity. According to the research of the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.7 million deaths worldwide can be attributed to insufficient fruit and vegetable intake, making this problem one of the top 10 risk factors that contributes to global mortality.
For modern buildings that contribute to the effectiveness of employees, besides the environmental considerations and energy requirements, it is of great importance that the office has a positive effect on employees’ health as well. Developers need to take the required factors into account during planning. The Well Building Standard (WELL) rates and acknowledges these aspects and thus helps creating office buildings that have a beneficial impact on employees’ health, well-being and comfort, besides the environmental protection.
Advance Tower, located at the Váci street corridor, will be the first among Futureal Group’s Hungarian projects that has been be designed to meet the Well Building Standard’s requirements. The building’s pre-qualification for the WELL certification is already in progress. Office buildings bearing WELL certifications help employees with their special features to pick proper nourishment and to improve their fitness, well-being or even their sleep; ensuring greater comfort and thus, optimal performance in companies’ operation. Futureal Group will keep the Well Building Standard’s requirements in mind during its forthcoming office development projects including Corvin 5 as well as Budapest ONE Business Park.
Comfort features mitigate stress and help maintaining the body’s hormonal balance. Healthy diet and active lifestyle have a positive impact on body weight and, for instance, strengthen the muscles of the heart. Buildings having WELL certification achieve better indoor air quality with air filtration, advanced ventilation and special equipment and by determining the number and length of stairs and corridors, employees get sufficient space and opportunity to obtain daily physical activity. Farmers’ markets and shops offering healthy food near certified buildings also support the appropriate lifestyle, while bike paths and pavements promote physical activity.
“Work environment is among the top 3 factors affecting employees’ performance and satisfaction. Futureal has been committed to sustainability and thus when developing our office buildings, factors that improve employees’ health and well-being are of great importance, besides the environmental considerations and energy requirements. Our aim is creating a work environment that is beneficial not just for the comfort of employees but also for their health. That’s the reason why would like Advance Tower to become the first office building with Well Building Standard certification in Hungary” – said Tibor Tatár, CEO of Futureal.
The 6-storey, ‘A’ category building, located in district 13, acquired a BREEAM certification indicating that it meets the highest sustainability requirements. Advance Tower bears 11,900 square meters of gross leasable area (GLA) and will be realized through an investment that has a total value of EUR 36 million (HUF 11,2 billion).
The glass surfaces of Advance Tower, designed by Mérték Architectural Studio grant the high proportion of natural light in the offices. According to the market needs, the office complex will be equipped with intelligent and sustainable technologies. Furthermore, as part of the intelligent building operation system, the automated shading technology, will facilitate the regulation of the sunshine exposure. By the same token, the office building will be hallmarked by decentralized hot water supply, smart irrigation system mounted on the roof garden as well as low-emission heating-cooling system.
Besides Advance Tower, Futureal Group realizes iconic office development projects on more than 75,000 m2 in Budapest. The 25,000 m2 first phase of Budapest ONE Business Park will be located in Őrmező, at Hungary’s largest multi-modal transport hub, next to Etele square and Kelenföld railway station.
The 5th and 6th phase of the Corvin Promenade project will be realized in the neighborhood of 25,000 m2 Skypark that was finished at the end of 2016. When planning the ‘A’ category office building’s concept, features that are extremely important for tech companies, for instance, higher electrical capacity and dual power supply providing continuous, uninterrupted operation, received special attention.
About Futureal Group
Futureal is one of the leading real estate developers and investors in Central and Eastern Europe and is among the top 20 largest real estate developers in Europe. Over the last 12 years the Futureal Group has developed over 600,000 square meters of real estate projects with a total value of EUR 900 million. One of the Futureal Group’s most outstanding projects is Corvin Promenade, the largest inner-city urban regeneration project in the CEE region. In 2010, the project received the European Commercial Property Award for the Best Mixed Use Development of Europe and in 2014, the company received the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Award for Excellence.
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