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Going greener Downtown

Nathan North 18 May 2020

Nathan North

Deputy editor

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nathan@eurobuildcee.com

Nathan is responsible for the English section of the magazine. Nathan was born in Manchester in the UK and completed a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of London. As well being responsible for editing the English section of ‘Eurobuild CEE’ magazine, he also contributes news from around Central Europe and articles on the investment and industrial markets and on architecture. In his free time he likes playing piano, drawing and cooking.

Going greener Downtown
Downtown One is due to be completed in 2024

SEE REGION The Downtown One skyscraper development in Tirana has been awarded LEED ‘Gold’ pre-certification.

Downtown One is the first building in Albania to be LEED pre-certified. The process was supervised by Colliers International Albania and Colliers International Poland’s green building advisory.

The project is a mixed-use skyscraper, which will be Albania's tallest building, is being developed by Kastrati Construction on Bulevardi Bajram Curri in Tirana’s CBD. The 37-storey building, which is due to be completed in 2024, will have a height of 144m. It will contain five underground parking levels as well as five retail floors, eleven office storeys, three floors for services and 18 residential floors. In total it will contain 77,000 sqm of office space. The design of the project is by Dutch studio MVRVD.

“Downtown One has been designed with multiple green features, such as high efficiency HVAC and lighting system, good thermal insulation, above average volumes of fresh air for the occupants, bicycle racks, shower and changing rooms positioned close to the bicycle racks and electrical car charges in each of the underground parking levels. Water use is to minimised by optimising flow and flush rates and cooling tower cycles. It will become a notable example in Albania of how to maintain an environmentally conscious, enjoyable, comfortable and healthy workplace and satisfy the needs of its customers at the same time,” points out Andrzej Gutowski, a green building certification expert at Colliers International Poland.

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