Helping GD&K Group achieve one of Krakow’s first LEED Core and Shell Gold Certificates

The AVIA office building has been awarded a LEED Core and Shell Gold Certificate by the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming one of the first office buildings in Krakow recognised for its overall sustainable performance.

The certificate places AVIA in an elite group of investments in Poland that were able to meet high standards of this international green building certification scheme.
Iain Leyden, Country Managing Director for Poland comments: “Being a leader in sustainability, Turner & Townsend is determined to shape a better built environment for future generations. We are proud to be a part of AVIA’s success in achieving a LEED Gold certificate.”

Dominik Włodarczyk, our LEED Assessor adds: “We are happy that with our knowledge and expertise we were able to help GD&K Group in obtaining a higher level certificate than the initially anticipated LEED Silver.”

Representing GD&K Group, Jakub Wazowicz comments: “I am very pleased the AVIA building meets the latest design trends of the GD&K Group portfolio. It was important to us that AVIA meets the highest standards and creates a friendly workplace for our Tenants”

AVIA is an A class office building located in Krakow’s Technology Park. The seven-storey building has almost 14,000m2 of office space, with an underground car parking ready to accommodate 173 cars. It has been designed to provide a high standard to all the users, with an internal atrium and indoor Japanese recreational garden. Among AVIA’s tenants are high-profile companies such as GE Healthcare and Bank BPH. AVIA is joint project of GD&K Group – one of the leading Krakow developers and CA Immo – an investment company operating in the in Central Europe real estate market.
Being certified LEED Gold, the AVIA building offers perfect connections to city transportation systems, promotes low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles and uses 46 percent less water than local standards for office buildings indicates. Furthermore a significant part of the energy used within the building comes from renewable sources and materials used for the purpose of the investment were purchased and manufactured locally, therefore contributing to less CO2 emissions and promoting local economy. Additionally almost 100 percent of office area workstations have an external view, what significantly increases the comfort of work for the building’ users.

LEED is a well-recognised green building certification system with the emphasis on the best building strategies and practices. The US-originated certificate marks true leaders in sustainable buildings across the globe due to its complex assessment criteria and high requirements.