Francuska Office Center developed by Globe Trade Centre S.A. in Katowice has received a certificate in the prestigious EU GreenBuilding programme organized by the European Commission.
EU GreenBuilding certification confirms the high quality of the project. Under the requirements for certification, the buildings use at least 25% less energy than a typical office building of a similar standard designed and built in accordance with the requirements of Polish law. Francuska Office Center saves approximately 40% of energy. Key solutions include energy-efficient windows that prevent overheating of rooms, effective ventilation with recuperation (heat recovery), and computerized building management system (BMS) and lighting control.
The GreenBuilding programme has been carried out since 2005. The purpose of the programme is to encourage developers to adopt energy-saving solutions, resulting in a reduction of energy consumption in office buildings and other facilities. Projects seeking an EU GreenBuilding certificate must meet rigorous requirements and pass through a multi-step review process, including an energy audit.
Francuska Office Center was built in the center of Katowice at 34 Francuska St. The complex offers 21 700 sq. meters of modern office space. The design was created by the renowned architectural studio APA Wojciechowski. The general contractor was Hochtief Polska. Tenants at the complex include such companies as Ruch, Bank Millennium, Nordea Bank, Philips Lighting and Berlitz. More information: www.biurawkatowicach.pl
The development was completed in 2010. In addition to state-of-the-art technical solutions, they provide tenants the opportunity for flexible arrangement and efficient use of the space, e.g. for back-office, research or laboratory purposes. They also offer the opportunity to grow within the same office park, which in both of the cities is still a rare option.