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LEED Gold certificate for Rondo 1

Certificated office building, Rondo 1 in Warsaw

Office complex Rondo 1, owned by MGPA Europe Fund II, is the first skyscraper in Europe to receive the LEED® Gold certificate in the category “Existing Buildings”.

The certificate is a culmination of more than a year long process of implementing new, environmentally - friendly solutions in Rondo 1. Rondo 1 is one of the most modern office buildings in Central-Eastern Europe and currently one of the most “green” buildings. Moreover it is the first office building in Europe with more than one tenant to be awarded LEED Gold.

- The LEED Gold certificate is an achievement we largely owe to Rondo 1 tenants and their employees. There’s over 70 companies and institutions located in Rondo 1 which employ in total 5 500 people. I’d like to thank them for their engagement and support. Their daily help and pro-ecological attitude were crucial for successful certification”, says Karol Bartos, Vice President – Asset and Development Management, MGPA.

During the certification process, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) evaluates amongst others: water and energy consumption, type of materials used in the interiors, and effectiveness of the waste segregation system.

The Rondo 1 certification process started in October 2009, since then water consumption was reduced by 30% and the number of light bulbs containing mercury compounds was reduced. All cleaning products used in the building are biodegradable and 10% of electricity consumed by the building comes from renewable energy sources (wind energy). Furthermore, 61% of the building’s total waste is sorted and almost 63% of the 5,500 employees working in Rondo 1 cycle to work or use public transport, according to data gathered by USGBC in February 2010.

- Rondo 1 is a unique building. From the beginning it’s been setting standards on the office market in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe. The LEED certificate confirms that we care not only about the quality of offered space and tenant’s comfort but for the natural environment as well”, says Karol Bartos.

Hochtief Development Poland (the company administrating the building), and Epstein, an architectural firm offering consultation for the LEED programme were also involved in the certification process.

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