Sterlinga Business Center Awarded BREEAM Certificate

(WARSAW, POLAND) The Warsaw office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that Sterlinga Business Center (SBC) has completed the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certification process.

SBC, the most modern office building in Łódź, offers its tenants more than 140,000 square feet of Class A office space located on nine floors.

It is the first facility in Łódź to receive this certification.

BREEAM is a leading and widely recognized European environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standards for best practice in sustainable design and has become the measure to describe a building’s environmental performance. Obtaining the BREEAM certificate involves meeting several requirements for energy efficiency throughout the entire development process. BREEAM recognizes performance in key areas: sustainable management, energy and water usage, air quality inside the building, proper waste disposal, implementation of eco-friendly materials and the provision of a friendly working environment.

Receiving this certificate is a result of SBC’s innovative design. Some of the sustainable solutions which contributed to this certification are: convenient location with access to public transportation; energy efficient systems for exterior and interior lighting, elevators, etc.; implementation of water saving technologies; attention to proper waste disposal; and use of environmentally friendly building and finishing materials. Not only do these features contribute to the issuance of the BREEAM certificate but also to the success of SBC in the office market in Łódź.

SBC’s roster of tenants include: Philips; Nycomed; Budimex; Plano-Invest; Arboretum; Tate & Lyle; Rule Financial and Sodexo.

Hines commissioned Buro Happold, a consulting firm dedicated to performing environmental assessments of buildings, to conduct the property’s assessment.

Bruno Happold Associate Mark Dabrowski commented, “Obtaining the post-construction BREEAM certificate is a confirmation of Hines’ standards and its dedication to sustainability. We are pleased that we were entrusted with the assessment of the Sterlinga Business Center under the BREEAM method.”

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Hines is one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world.

In 2011 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the fourth time, with the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award; Hines manages 146 labelled buildings, representing approximately 68 million square feet, in the ENERGY STAR® program.

Twelve Hines development or redevelopment projects, representing more than six million square feet, have been designated as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR®.

Hines is also a leader in the U.S. Green Building Council’s programs, with 195 projects, representing more than 100 million square feet that have been certified, pre-certified or registered under the various LEED® rating systems.

Hines was a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council and the Russian Green Building Council, and is active in the Green Building Council Brasil, the Green Building Council España, the Green Building Council Italia, the Indian Green Building Council, the BRE Environmental Assessment Method program in the United Kingdom and the Haute Qualité Environnementale program in France.

Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,126 properties representing more than 459 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments.

With offices in 106 cities in 17 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $23.7 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world.

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