O1 Properties describes the benefits of green technologies in office real estate

December 11, 2018. O1 Properties took part in the 4th International Conference “Green City. Green Office”, which took place on December 7 in the Smart City pavilion at Moscow’s VDNKh exhibition park.

Pavel Barbashev, head of asset management and leasing at O1 Properties, described the company's experience certifying office real estate to the global BREEAM standards. More over 300,000 square meters  of the company’s real estate, at the White Square, Ducat Place III, Vivaldi Plaza and Lighthouse business centres, has  already been certified. The design project for O1’s new Greendale business centre was judged “Outstanding” by BREEAM experts (the highest rating ever accorded to a project in Russia).

Pavel Barbashev said that certification to environmental standards is natural for O1 Properties, since more than half of its tenants are large foreign companies. International tenants set particularly high standards for the quality of their office space, including energy efficiency and potential for resource economy, which ultimately affects the level of operating expenses.

“However, the most important gain from applying green technologies in the construction and management of office buildings is the effect it has on the comfort and productivity of the people who work there. Air quality, natural light, minimal noise and green zones have positive impact on staff performance and tenants are increasingly aware of these factors when they choose a location for their offices, ” Pavel Barbashev said.

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