Westbridge to conduct a 'portfolio screening' of selected Skanska office properties in CEE

by   CIJ News iDesk III
2023-11-30   09:17

International energy and sustainability consultant Westbridge Advisory (Westbridge) has been commissioned by office company Skanska in Central and Eastern Europe, part of a multinational construction and real estate group based in Sweden, to conduct a 'portfolio screening' of selected office properties. The buildings examined are located in Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary, with a total leasable area of approximately 135,000 m².

"By taking a broad view of its own real estate portfolio, in particular the issue of sustainability, the company ensures the high value of its properties. An independent and external assessment helped Skanska in this respect. Following the portfolio analysis, Skanska knows exactly where its buildings are on the decarbonisation path and can make the right investments to improve ESG performance," says Danuta Grzywacz, Head of Poland Westbridge Poland Sp. z o.o.

The purpose of the portfolio review was to identify the strengths and weaknesses of all the analysed properties in relation to sustainability standards. On this basis, in close cooperation between the client and the contractor, possible directions were identified to take appropriate measures to further optimise energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Westbridge's support is one of the ways the office company Skanska is using to manage the challenges, associated with a changing climate, in its property portfolio. The project was implemented by the team of Westbridge Poland Sp. z o.o. and agradblue GmbH of Hamburg, part of the Westbridge Group.

"At Skanska, we have many years of experience in designing, constructing and finishing office buildings to minimise their environmental impact. As a result, today, when energy prices have gone up and climate issues are becoming more pressing, we can offer solutions in our office buildings to, among other things, reduce energy consumption and thus reduce CO2 emissions. The efforts and investments we have made in the past mean that we do not test new technologies in a hurry; we already have them tested and implemented. At the same time, we believe that our buildings can be even more sustainable, and what specifically we can still improve is helped by understanding analyses such as the one carried out by Westbridge," says Łukasz Kwiecinski, Director of Building Value Management at office company Skanska in Central and Eastern Europe.