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The most greenie house in Budapest and for sure, nobody “turned green”!

 Only for the guests  having to have worn something green, if not … upon  their arrival at the entrance gate they received a green color silk ribbon.


TUESDAY, June, 26. 2012.

 Over 150 representatives of the real estate community – architects, investors, agents, business partners, and future tenants of Green House ABB and AVIS – joined the Skanska Property Hungary team on Tuesday’s special event.

The official „Topping Out” at the Skanska’s Green House opening ceremony was held by Ms. Anna Boda, Deputy Head of Sweden’s Embassy in Budapest.

“It is truly an honour and a privilege for me to take part in the Topping Out ceremony for this fantastic building – the first LEED Platinum pre-certified office building in Hungary. The climate and the environment are a common concern for all of us, and as a Swede, I am particularly proud that a Swedish company like Skanska can be at the forefront of green building development here in Budapest” were her opening thoughts.

Skanska Property Hungary had three momentum to celebrate on 26 June. Besides the global celebration of Skanska’s of its 125th anniversary, Budapest is also celebrating a quarter decade of developing Skanska landmarks. Not bad for an age of a company rolling along with its success and let alone a young adult in age of being actively present in Hungary.The Nordic region ’s Skanska brand is most probably well know around the world as the biggest builder company.

As Ms. Anna Boda continued with figures that sounded pretty frightening by saying:„The world’s population is growing and it is growing very fast. By the year 2050 there will be 9 billion of us, up from to-day’s 6 billion. The impact on our environment will be tremendous. Every economy is to build sustainable urban areas to ensure human well-being to-day and tomorrow. It is a MUST thing to deal with now because the majority will live in cities. Cities are and have always been centers for cultural life and economic growth. The main challenges are well-known: water and food supply, transport systems, waste disposal, threats to fauna and flora and, of course, the CO₂ emissions and climate change. Managing the areas of urban growth is crucial to every decision maker.The Swedish Government has, together with the private sector, launched a program called: SymbioCity. The aim is to find the best practices for sustainable city development and in finding the best and most profitable ways of doing so.The Embassy and the Swedish Trade Council have been working together with the Hungarian government, the city of Budapest and Swedish companies such as Skanska, in the framework of SymbioCity and Green Sweden for three years now. We’ve had joint seminars and projects, one such project was the green development of a playground at Margaret Island “Margirsziet”.

On this milestone day, representing the Skanska Commerical Development in Europe, Mr. Nickles Lindberg, President of the Business Unit, emphasized the significant role Hungary. He mentioned: “During the period of time Skanska brought under the roof the following projects: the first landmark was the East-West Business Center, then after come more-and-more sophisticated buildings like the Science Park, Retail Park at Soroksár and at Budakalász, “Népliget” Center.

By the 1970s, decades of heavy industrialization had finally taken their toll on Sweden. Polluted air, dead forests, wastelands and toxic water were everyday news. To cap it all, Sweden was the most oil-dependent country in the industrialised world.

Dr. Tamás Szentes, Deputy Mayor of Budapest reflected with pleasure on the sophisticated green building to be pulled up in his district and the impotency of having more-and-more  green scenarios in  Budapest.

Mr. Grzegorz Strutyns,  Managing Director gave an excellent overview showing  a movie  covering architectural details of all Skanska projects built between the year 1987 and 2012.

For over three years the Hungarian government  have had been jointly working together  with  the Swedish Embassy in Budapest and the Swedish Trade Council, also the City of Budapest and the  Swedish company, the Skanska  in the frame of  SymbioCity. They  had joint seminars and projects One of the projects was the green development of a playground on the Margaret Island “Margitsziget”.

Getting to the end of the  celebration, an awesome Eco-Design Greenie Fashion Show  was out on the catwalk.  Have  to admit the imagination of designer artists surely took the attention of the guests.  From a distance you could hardly believe they were all  “tailored”  from recycle materials.

Update and snaps: Aggie Reiter

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