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Real Estate & Construction

Ecology in the service of office workers

By Adam Pietrzyk, CEO, Mix Biura
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Modern technology can help firms meet international environmental requirements, raise the standard of office operations and bring benefits to people, cities and nature.

Solutions that helps reduce air pollution and traffic jams, raise employee comfort and save energy are being offered on an increasing scale, contribute to the improvement of work efficiency. One building of this type is the Bronowice Business Center 9 in Krakow.

The office isn’t just a building – it’s also a space in which people employed there spend eight hours a day working. It’s necessary to plan a comfortable space for their daily functioning, also taking into account the commuting issues around the city. A bicycle fleet, extensive facilities for cyclists with parking, access to the changing rooms and showers, and carpooling to work, are a significant convenience for employees, and for their employers – the tenants.

In addition to ecological solutions, easy access to the office is essential for the comfort of employees, so is the distance from main roads or railway stations. When choosing a location for investment, you should e.g. consider the throughput of local roads. As a result, employees will not have to worry about commuting to work. Therefore, our newest office building at Bronowice Business Center 9 is located in the north-western part of Krakow, near Rondo Ofiar Katynia. The three-level intersection allows free passage of 18,000 vehicles per hour - much more than the current volume of traffic at this spot, and indeed more than is projected for the future.

“We chose this location due to the quick and easy exit to the A4 motorway, and its location near the airport,” says Marta Klejmont, head of the office of the board of EC Engineering Sp. z O.O., the new tenant of the building. “Since many of us commute to work by bicycle, we also wanted a large and safe bicycle parking lot, changing rooms and showers,” she adds. Thanks to such solutions, traffic in cities can be reduced, and the people employed in our office will save not only time but also fuel.

One of the many environmentally friendly solutions used in the BBC 9 is carpooling. In Poland it is still not a very popular solution; however, in the world carpooling to work, implemented through a special application coordinated by the manager of the building, is becoming increasingly popular. The use of such a system has an ecological function (lower transport costs, limited parking problems, reduced traffic, reduced CO2 emission into the atmosphere) and allows integration (you can make new friends, improve your working atmosphere and increase the productivity of employees). The importance of such solutions are shown in numbers - in the UK, where there are up to 38 million empty car seats on the road during all peak hours, it is estimated that air pollution would decrease by up to 10%, and traffic jams by 20% if half the drivers had shared their cars one day a week.

Saving energy and water

Innovative ecological and technical projects compliant with international certificates such as BREAAM, are increasingly used in the largest buildings in the world. These requirements were met by Heathrow’s Terminal 2, and the facilities built for the 2012 London Olympics. Such solutions, friendly to people and the environment, are also used in office buildings, like the newest building at ul. Jasnogórska 9 in Kraków, which was awarded a Very Good rating in this certification. Large glazing, lifts with energy recovery systems for braking, and with  ecological water management systems to ensure energy efficiency and minimise energy losses are to be found here. The building saves 3,360,000 litres a year – enough to supply drinking water for over 4,600 people.

The Bronowice Business Center is a complex of three class A office and service buildings on Kraków’s ul. Jasnogorska. Tenants include Tauron Distribution, Accenture, EC Engineering, Air Liquide, Vorwerk and the Malopolska Centre for Entrepreneurship. The complex comes complete with a 5,500 m2 office building, scheduled for completion at the end of 2018. The investor is the Mix Biura, established in 1997 - owner and manager of 50,000 m2  of office and service buildings in Kraków.

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