Europe leaves UK behind in green building developments

April 4th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Construction of green office buildings on the Continent is far outstriping that of the UK, new figures have shown, with LEED and BREEAM certified office space increasing in European hubs such as Moscow, Paris and Budapest.

Recent figures from Knight Frank have shown that certified green office space is set to grow by 60 per cent to 360,000 sq.m by the end of 2013 before doubling in 2014. The impressive surge represents a general increase in interest across Continental Europe, with other prime cities also looking to get a chunk of the action.

In Budapest, the total stock of green buildings, including certificates granted for new buildings, totaled 262,000 sq.m at the end of 2012, accounting for 8.2 per cent of the total modern Budapest office stock. This is expected to rise to 12 per cent of the total stock by 2014, showing a strong appetite for the environmentally friendly buildings.

“The upward trend is continuing, since only green buildings are expected to be delivered in the near future,”  Norbert Szircsák of Colliers International said. “Skanska’s recently completed Green House was pre-certified LEED Platinum and is expected to be the first building to achieve Platinum certification in Hungary,” he added.

Paris has enjoyed similarly impressive levels of uptake, with 79 per cent of investment into new office stock in the area in 2012 for High Environment Quality (HEQ) certified stock. With such impressive moves on the continent, questions are being raised over the UK’s commitment to environmentally sustainable buildings, although the case for new builds may not be as straightforward as in other areas.

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