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Cat Contiguglia The Prague Post
ČSOB's headquarters, above and below, are housed in the country's first LEED-certified office building.

ČSOB's headquarters, above and below, are housed in the country's first LEED-certified office building.


At a time when office developers are endeavoring to differentiate their projects from those of the competition, Swedish developer Skanska has decided to completely change its Central European portfolio over to LEED-certified projects, a sector experts say is set to grow in the coming years.



LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification.

"With LEED certified buildings, the occupancy ratio increases and the rent ratio increases," said Petra Hajná, green business manager for commercial developments in the Czech Republic and Poland. "We have clients committed to LEED-certified [construction] - they do not want to be based in any other buildings. Going green is a simpler way to remain prosperous because it has an added value on the market. It's the only reason we can go on a speculative basis."

LEED was developed by the United States Green Buildings Council and is based on a comprehensive analysis of a building's energy efficiency, with grading categories in the sustainability of the site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environment quality, as well as innovation in design. Points are allocated in each of these categories, from which different levels of certification are awarded, from the basic "certified" to platinum certification.



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