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Union Investment’s Zebra Tower achieves LEED Gold as first newly built project in Poland

Warsaw, November 30 2011 – Zebra Tower has been awarded LEED Gold in a Shell and Core standard certification. The Zebra Tower building is the first commercial property in Poland designed, constructed and commissioned in accordance with LEED Core & Shell standard. Zebra Tower is owned by Hamburg-based investment company Union Investment who acquired the building in February for one of its real estate funds for institutional investors.
The 18,280 sq. m A-class office building is located in central Warsaw, on Mokotowska Street.
The 17-storey Zebra Tower is almost 100% leased. Amongst Zebra Tower occupiers are top Polish and international companies: Akademickie Inkubatory Przedsiębiorczości, Allegro Group, Bastion Group, Boston Consulting Group, Cityboard Media, ENWC, FOX TV, Investors TFI, Millenium Bank, Qualia Development, Samsung, Svenska Handelsbanken, San Leon Energy, S+B Gruppe AG, Starbucks, Saint Honore, Resource Partners. 

The announcement was made jointly by the Zebra Tower Developer, Mr. DI Reinhard Schertler, Managing Director at S+B Gruppe AG, and Union Investment, existing owner of the building together with Mr. Paweł Warda, LEED AP at Jones Lang LaSalle.

“LEED certification is becoming one of the top criteria for many tenants today, and it reinforces the strong business case we have made for a cost-effective energy solution that lowers tenants’ occupancy costs.” Reinhard Schertler said. “Zebra Tower brought us outstanding renting performance in 2011 and one of the key factors in this process was its sustainability. By means of an anti-cyclical investment and by trusting the Polish market the Zebra Tower is one of the few projects in the city that have been constructed and successfully leased during the last three years. Following the biggest single transaction in the company’s history, the Zebra Tower has been sold at the beginning of the year for about 76 million € to Union Investment.”

Paweł Warda added, “We are very pleased we could participate in this innovative, pioneering and interesting project, supporting S+B Gruppe AG in implementing the LEED certification as the company’s pro-environmental strategy. This is a great achievement not only for the team involved in the project but actually for the whole industry in Poland demonstrating that the Polish market is keeping the pace with the more matured real estate markets. I believe that the required skills and the experience we have gained during this nearly two year task sets Jones Lang LaSalle on the leader’s position with regards to LEED certification services.”

Zebra Tower building has the following features which helped achieve LEED Gold certification:
  • Highly energy efficient building’s mechanical systems (16% saving of energy versus benchmark requirements)
  • Potable water saving solutions (40% water saving in comparison to the rigorous benchmark)
  • Non-emission and safe finishing materials
  • High indoor air quality (above 30% more than required air exchange rates and enhanced filtration)
  • Reduction of the heat island effect for the site hardscapes
  • Preferred parking for low emission vehicles