Uncovering the real costs of office buildings in Poland
A new study of the real operating costs of certified and non-certified office buildings in Poland shows that insight, training and aware management are key success factors
BuroHappold Engineering was a partner at a recent Warsaw business breakfast “Business for Climate” as part of a pioneering project ‘Operating Costs of Office Buildings”. Organised in cooperation with European Sustainability Week it presented as yet unseen data showing the comparative energy consumption of certified and uncertified office buildings.
The main purpose of the meeting “Business for Climate”, under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Energy, Mayor of the City of Warsaw and the Warsaw Branch of SARP was a discussion on the COP21 climate summit commitments and their impact on the business world.
Invited guests, included Roland Hunziker – Director Sustainable Buildings and Cities, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the Programme for Sustainable Construction and Cities, as well as Michal Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.
They aimed to answer the questions:
- Will the COP21 commitments boost energy efficiency in the building market?
- How to use power consumption data in practice?
- Which best practices do businesses implement in the Polish market?
The highlight of the event was the presentation of data showing energy consumption of certified verses non-certified office buildings in Poland as part of a project to uncover the operating costs of office buildings, by Katarzyna Chwalbińska-Kusek of BuroHappold. The research coordinated by SPIE Poland, with input from key players in the market of office buildings including; Colliers International, Construction Marketing Group, Cushman & Wakefield, Knight Frank, Savills, Skanska Property Poland and BuroHappold.
A dynamic panel discussion followed, moderated by Justyna Biernacka, Sustainable Architecture Plenipotentiary, Warsaw Branch of Association of Polish Architects. where a number of key points were raised.
“Our experience shows that, especially in case of BREEAM In-Use Certifications, changes that can be implemented are within easy reach, and within most manager’s budgets.” – Jan Cieśla
Jan Cieśla, from BuroHappold emphasised the fact that the effective management of both certified and non-certified buildings, is not always associated with large investments. “Our experience shows that, especially in case of BREEAM In-Use Certifications, changes that can be implemented are within easy reach, and within most manager’s budgets. They include the provision of appropriate light sources or equipment affecting water consumption, modest but not insignificant factors that help improve the technical parameters of a building” emphasizes Cieśla. “It is my theory, that when both users, and particularly managers better understand their buildings they can optimise it’s performance more effectively. Additionally increased awareness of the scale of a building can result in much more efficient planning of future changes.”
Representatives of companies also discussed the actions businesses are taking to promote energy efficiency and protect the environment. Ian Booth highlighted the importance of education.
“Energy efficiency should be taught at schools”
– concluded Ian Booth, Partner, BuroHappold Engineering.
More information on the methodology, analysed samples and the result of the project will be presented in a report released in Autumn 2016.