Companies should choose green office buildings because they consume tens of percent less energy than conventional buildings. Energy recovery, external window shading, LED lighting with motion sensors and daylight-enhancing office design can reduce lighting costs by 50%.
Leading Brno developer Domoplan is planning a large-scale construction for four and a half billion crowns near the final stop of the recently completed West Gate tram line. After exiting the "wasteland" one finds only a barren plain here today, but within a few years the multi-functional urban two-block Brixx will grow here with more than four hundred apartments, offices and a top medical workplace. The construction of the project, for which Domoplan has already received planning permission, should begin in the first half of next year.
Sharry, a company developing a workplace experience platform around digital employee badges, has completed its largest project in the Czech Republic yet. It has launched a comprehensive digital solution for the office part of the Prague-based DOCK complex developed by Crestyl. The contract includes a mobile application "DOCK by Crestyl", which connects users from all five office buildings and contributes to the greater sustainability of the project.
Rising energy prices and upcoming changes in the mandatory reporting of ESG information, which show the effects of companies' management style on the environment, energy balance and the quality of the working environment, aroused a significantly higher interest of companies in sustainability and dream related areas last year. Specifically, it was confirmed by 67% of more than 500 interviewed investors and tenants of commercial real estate participating in a global survey by the real estate consulting company CBRE. The current facts are inexorable: only 15% of buildings worldwide currently meet the conditions of the so-called Paris Agreement, while 85% of all existing real estate located on the territory of the European Union is to be used even in 2050, when the EU wants to achieve climate neutrality. In the future, it will therefore be necessary to implement a whole series of reconstructions and demanding rebuilds. It is for these reasons that CBRE's latest survey was created, the results of which reveal the main trends that are currently gaining ground in the field of ESG and have a significant impact on the strategic decision-making of companies.
Scott.Weber Workspace, which operates flexible serviced offices, coworking and event spaces, is expanding. In the new locations of The Park and Port7, it will offer 830 office spaces with an area of 7,322 m2, in addition to expanding the area in Atrium Flóra by another whole floor. The Park in Chodov is a campus of office buildings with exceptionally rich civic amenities. Due to the nature of the companies located there, the location is referred to as "Prague's Silicon Valley". On the contrary, Port7 is a newly built complex in Holešovice, which is considered to be the new Prague waterfront. And it is, for example, the only place in Prague that can be reached by seven modes of transport. The Atrium Flóra concept, where offices are located in a shopping center building, is being expanded by another floor due to its great popularity.
The volume of investment in commercial real estate in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in 2022 was approximately 10.7 billion euros. Although this is a year-on-year decrease of only 3.3%, compared to the situation before the pandemic, it is a reduction of more than 20%. At the same time, domestic capital was the most active with a 38% share of total transaction volumes. In the first half of 2023, commercial real estate markets will remain subdued due to significantly higher financing costs and the subsequent price correction currently taking place in both CEE and many other regions. Colliers experts estimate that in 2023 investment volumes in CEE could reach between 7.0 and 10.0 billion euros. This follows from a study by Colliers, a leader in the provision of diversified professional services in the field of commercial real estate and investment management.
In February, the development and investment group Crestyl appointed Lenka Preslova as its commercial director for commercial real estate. In the newly established position, she became part of the management of Crestyl in the Czech Republic, where she will lead the team dealing with the leasing and management of commercial real estate - both office and retail.
Despite the fact that in 2021 and 2022 most employees planned to return to the office for 2-3 days a week, the actual occupancy of company offices is currently only around 35%. The most people visit the company office on Tuesday, the least on Friday, when the average occupancy is only 17%. The eight-hour stay at the workplace is now a thing of the past, employees most often spend 9-12 hours in the office in one day. This follows from a study prepared by the Colliers company in cooperation with the workplace occupancy analysis platform Basking.io.
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