Skanska will provide LEED for new projects in Poland

Skanska plans to incorporate the international environmental certification system LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in Poland. The first step is to certify Skanska’s own new office located in the Deloitte House building in Warsaw and thereafter to certify new projects. Skanska’s next step is to develop whole office buildings in accordance with LEED standards (the Company will develop the office complex named Silesia Business Park in Katowice).

– We can see that our customers get more and more interested in ecological buildings as a result of an increased corporate environmental responsibility – says Nicklas Lindberg, CEO of Skanska Property Poland. – With offices certified according to LEED and GreenBuilding we can offer a chance to contribute to a better environment, without any additional costs – adds Lindberg.

LEED is one of the world’s leading systems for environmental certification of buildings. Resource utilization, the building’s location, design and indoor climate as well as energy and waste minimization are a few of the criteria on which LEED classification is based. The certification is carried out and verified by an independent third party through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Skanska has completed approximately 70 LEED Certified projects in the US and one project each in Finland and the Czech Republic. Currently, the first LEED projects in Sweden are being developed.

About LEED

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) System is a voluntary system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED promotes environmental solutions for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection and indoor environmental quality.

Through fulfilling and documenting specified demands, buildings can receive LEED Green Building Certification. The aforementioned areas are assessed and points assigned. In the updated version, LEED 2009, reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gases are assigned increased weight and will comprise 31 percent of the total assessment.

LEED Green Building classification can be attained at four levels: LEED Platinum, LEED Gold, LEED Silver and LEED Certified, depending on the number of points attained. Renovation projects can also be certified.

The LEED System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit membership organization with a vision of a sustainable built environment. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education through its LEED Green Building Rating System™.

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