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    All about the world of construction, 11 March 2020
    Green starts and wins

    Oleg Baranov

    Ecotechnology in construction is a popular topic now. Which is quite justified: the effect of its use is obvious and very tangible. And the comparison with ordinary buildings is always in favor of "green". Oleg Baranov, Deputy General Director of Metropolis, spoke about the growing popularity of green standards in construction and their impact on the quality of life. All green building certification systems are based on the principle of reducing environmental impact.

    It is important both to prevent pollution of the environment during construction and to reduce the negative impact during the operation of the building and even during its disposal. Construction according to green standards - a large complex of measures on the part of the developer.

    The two most popular rating systems in the world are British BREEAM and American LEED. They appeared in the 1990s and are already well known in Russia. Also in 2011 our country got its own voluntary certification system "Green Standards". It is based on the same principles as its Western counterparts, but it also takes into account local peculiarities, for example, the climatic diversity of Russia, and also fully complies with our regulatory framework.

    On average, additional costs for design and construction of a green-certified building amount to about 6% of the investment in a project. They pay off in up to 10 years. At the moment, green certification in Russia is more popular in the commercial real estate segment. The reasons for this are clear. Firstly, it increases the investment attractiveness of the building. Secondly, after completion of the construction of a commercial facility, the owner continues to operate it, making a profit. In such a situation, he is directly interested in reducing the consumption of electricity and water, reducing the amount of household waste, convenience and functionality of architectural and planning solutions that will suit even the most demanding customers. In addition, obtaining a LEED or BREEAM certificate allows you to attract large international companies as tenants. Often, such certification is required when choosing an office or investment facility for a multinational corporation.

    Now in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Sochi and other large cities of Russia, dozens of objects have already been built that have passed certification according to green standards. In the capital, one can distinguish such projects as the headquarters of the Siemens AG concern, the Deutsche Bank office, the Oriflame building, the office of the consulting company Jones Lang LaSalle, the multifunctional complex on site 15 “Moscow City”, facilities on the territory of the Skolkovo IC and other significant objects. It can be predicted that in the future the number of objects that have passed the green certification will grow steadily.

    In residential real estate, the popularity of green certification is somewhat lower. The investor is not interested in improving the environmental friendliness and energy efficiency of the building, since after the completion of the construction cycle and the sale of apartments, he leaves the project. Until green certification gains value in the eyes of buyers and becomes an important part of the project's image, developers will be reluctant to resort to this tool.

    Read the full article on the journal's website All about the world of construction.