Etele Plaza is the first to obtain the BREEAM Very Good certification in Hungary

by   CIJ News iDesk III
2023-01-10   12:04
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Etele Plaza has received BREEAM Very Good certification in the retail category. Due to its sustainable solutions Futureal’s development is the first shopping centre in Hungary that has obtained one of the highest green building ratings in the construction phase.

In line with the BREEAM certification, special attention was paid to ensuring easy accessibility, minimizing light pollution as well as direct environmental impact, incorporating durable materials and promoting waste reduction and reuse. In accordance with the rating, the tenants also focused on sustainability during the realisation of the stores. Nearly 4,000 sqm of green space, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and trees awaits visitors at the environment friendly shopping and entertainment centre.

State-of-the-art equipment is also available to ensure the safety and health of visitors. In line with Futureal’s Stay Safe initiative the interior areas are almost completely touch-free wherever possible. The HVAC systems of the building includes UV sterilizing filters. The systems provide almost 100% efficiency in killing viruses and bacteria in seconds, without the use of chemical disinfectants. Disinfection points are available in the busiest areas and in the restrooms. The escalators are also fitted with a built-in handrail sanitizer system to maximize safety. The sinks can also be used without touching them.

"The environmentally conscious and people-centred operation had a major role in the development of the new generation Etele Plaza. The building’s state-of-the-art technical solutions have brought a new era of shopping centres to Hungary," emphasized Dóra Borsos-Vámosi, co-director of Etele Plaza.

Etele Plaza with a rentable area of 55,000 sqm is also Hungary's first smart plaza. The complex can provide a personalised shopping experience from the moment the costumers leave their home, through its proprietary mobile app and cloud-based services. The spacious food court directly connected to the green-roofed terraces features the latest shopping centre design. In addition to the shops, there is a wide range of food outlets, restaurants, cafés, fitness facilities, a children's play area and services. Moreover, the Etele Cinema takes the movie experience to a new level in the shopping and entertainment centre.