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Sponda’s Estradi office building granted LEED Platinum Environmental Certification

Sponda Plc                  
Press Release
6 October 2015, 10:30 am

Sponda’s Estradi office building granted LEED Platinum Environmental Certification

The property investment company Sponda Plc has obtained the LEED® Platinum Environmental Certification for its Estradi office building, which was completed in the spring of 2015. Kone Elevators Ltd is the main tenant of the office building located at Aku Korhosentie 8 in the Lassila district of Helsinki.

LEED® Certification is one of the best-known international green building certification systems, aiming at the reduction of the environmental impact of construction and use of buildings and the development of healthier working environments.

High scores for energy efficiency and location

LEED® Platinum is the highest certification level in the LEED environmental certification system. Estradi satisfied the certification criteria without question. Energy efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions were emphasised in the design and construction of the office building. Estradi’s approximately 5,700 gross square metre building received a particularly good score for its efficient use of energy and its location.

The office building is equipped with solar panels on its roof to produce energy for the property. In addition to solar panels, the roof features roll roofing that reflects the sun. The ARE Sensus building services system, in which heating and cooling are organised with the Sensus panel based on radiation technique, is used in the building’s work spaces. In addition to energy efficiency, the system guarantees users of the space a pleasant indoor environmental quality for working by reducing the draught problems experienced in cooled-down buildings.

Estradi is in an excellent location that is ideal for public transport access. The best parking places in front of the property are reserved for low-emission vehicles and bicycles, and there are comprehensive services within walking distance.

The design of the property also takes the building’s users into consideration, with environmental issues communicated by means such as the display system in the elevators. All of the tenants at the property are welcome to join Sponda’s environmental partnership programme.

“The Platinum Certification received by Estradi is a fine recognition and also a solid basis for cooperation with users at the new offices,” says Hanna Duraku, Sustainability Manager at Sponda. “Energy-efficient solutions in the construction phase and environmental cooperation with users will keep costs under control during the use of the property as well,” she adds.

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognised and widely used green building certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  In the certification process, a building project is assessed on the basis of six criteria: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design. Sponda was assisted in Estradi’s certification process by L-Arkkitehdit Oy, and the assessment was carried out by an independent third party, the Green Building Certification Institute.

Sponda Plc

Additional information: Hanna Duraku, Sustainability Manager, tel. +358 50 483 9735

Sponda Plc is a property investment company that specialises in commercial properties in the largest cities in Finland. Sponda’s business concept is to own, lease and develop office properties, retail properties and shopping centres in environments that promote the business success of its clients. The fair value of Sponda’s investment properties is approximately EUR 3.1 billion and the leasable area is around 1.2 million square metres.