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Company:  Skanska Property Hungary Kft. 
Title:  Our Journey to Deep Green through a more environmentally conscious society 
Mission and vision of the company:  Skanska is truly dedicated to sustainable development. As the market leader green developer of the Hungarian office market, we believe that our planet can only be protected for future generations by a more environmentally conscious society.
Transport:  We aim at continuously decreasing the delivery routes of the materials used at our developments, and focus on purchasing materials from the region, thus supporting local suppliers. When local acquisition is not an option, we optimize the purchased amount to avoid subsequent re-orders, and also make sure that the materials meet strict quality requirements. We only use materials from certified sources, with tested compounds and emission levels.

We are working on introducing a modeling system (Building Information Modeling) that will enable us to project the exact amount of all building materials to be used at each construction phase of the office building, prior to starting the construction itself. We can make procurement more efficient this way, and through careful planning we can also promote local acquisition of pre-defined amounts even when production might take longer locally.

Since 2010 all Skanska developments have been certified at minimum the Gold level of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system. In accordance with LEED system requirements, materials used at the development should be from a maximum 500 mile radius.
Fairness:  Skanska had a clearly defined ethical framework from the beginning. This framework helps us behave consistently with our competitors, the greater society, as well as the environment.

We set the Five zeros vision expressing our qualitative targets:
• Zero loss-making projects
• Zero accidents: the safety of our personnel as well as subcontractors, suppliers and the general public is ensured at and around our projects
• Zero environmental incidents: our projects should be executed in a manner that minimizes environmental impact
• Zero ethical breaches: we take a zero tolerance approach towards any form of bribery or corruption
• Zero defects: the double aim of increasing customer satisfaction while improving the bottom line

We also have a Code of Conduct since 2002 that defines how all Skanska employees work, no matter where we are in the world. We are proud of the ethical business practices that we have established and Skanska’s intolerance towards any form of corruption, bribery, unfair anti-competitive activity, discrimination or harassment. We promote ethical corporate behavior and business practices, fair treatment of all employees, diversity and equal opportunities. Health and safety is another area of vital importance to us. Our commitment is to create safe and healthy workplaces, protect the environment, and contribute to sustainable development. We are constantly striving to do more to reduce our environmental footprint.

Our Budapest office won the Green Office competition in 2010 and since then we have also received the international LEED Gold certification. Good working conditions are really important for the company and we consider employees’ opinions, personal requests and health conditions (such as back pain) when implementing changes in our physical environment.

The ratio of male and female employees is even. We have one colleague in the finance department who works part-time and one in the leasing department who also had the possibility after two children to come back to work part-time (continuously increasing the working hours as the kids grew). Fluctuation is low, many have been with the company since the beginning, and we also hire new people to manage the increased workload.

The company incentive system is competitive and includes life and health insurance, medical services including complete annual check-ups, and meal tickets. Twice a year we have team-building days, where we do something outdoors (bike tour, fishing, cook-out, etc.) with the participation of the entire team.

The company was never subject to employment lawsuits.
Economism:  Our new project in Budapest is the sustainable Green House office building. It already received LEED Platinum pre-certification at the planning phase, the highest level of the volunteer international green building evaluation system.

Green House will be the greenest building on the Budapest office market. To achieve the ambitious goal of reducing water use by 64% and energy consumption by 30%, we invested in high cost state of the art technologies; expensive, quality materials; and subcontractors who comply with our strict environmental requirements.

Energy and water efficiency, low CO2 emission, great indoor environment, a sustainable site accessible by public transportation and built-in materials are just some of the criteria where Green house has to outperform.

Although our financial investment is higher compared to the costs of a non-sustainable building, Skanska made a commitment in 2010 to only build minimum LEED Gold or EU GreenBuilding certified energy efficient buildings.

We do not set higher rents in these buildings; neither do we impose extra charges on our tenants to make up for the higher investment. We lease them on an average market price and enable our tenants to decrease their energy costs in our efficient buildings where utility bills are lower and sick leaves are less due to a healthier work environment.

Besides developing green buildings, we also share our experience, and advise our tenants on how to create more sustainable office interiors and a green environment.
Size:  Currently 15 people are employed by Skanska Property Hungary.
When we have an ongoing construction, we provide work for approximately 200 people on the site who are employees of our subcontractors or suppliers.

We are determined to have 1 new project per year in Budapest. Our business plan has ambitious objectives for the next 5-10 years.

In line with those objectives we provide employment for our employees, subcontractors and suppliers, as well as encourage them to develop and comply with our high environmental and health & safety standards (which are stricter than Hungarian legislation or policies).

Within the last 3 years, the number of Skanska Property Hungary employees increased from 11 to 15. This growth is in sync with our business plan, the increased number of projects and the higher workload.

Skanska Property Hungary is headquartered and active in Budapest.
Product:  Our company engages solely in commercial property development in Hungary, i.e. we construct high quality office buildings. We deliver sustainable, quality projects that operate in sustainable ways during their entire lifecycle.

We choose materials, locations and strategy in accordance with the requirements of independent international qualification systems, as well as our strict internal criteria. We check that the built-in materials are transported, packaged and used in a safe way.

We have full-time employees focusing on work safety (Health & Safety Manager) and environmentally conscious property development (Green Manager). We have a preference for locally produced materials; our objective is to minimize our CO2 emission and energy consumption. We will not be wasting drinking water for flushing toilets in any of our currently developed/future buildings, but reuse ‘grey water’ instead.

We are aware of the fact that our built environment is the largest energy consumer, and our initiatives of great significance also come with great responsibility. We are ready to face this responsibility as the greenest corporate property developer of Hungary.

On a scale of 0-100, we rate our buildings at 30.
Stories:  András Schmidt (Property Manager): Work safety is one of the most important principles for Skanska. Unfortunately, construction is one of the most dangerous business fields on a global scale if we consider the number of serious injuries and fatal accidents during work hours.
Safety at work has always received central attention at Skanska (both globally and locally), but it moved even closer to the spotlight within the last couple of years. Skanska Property Hungary employees have also become more conscious and aware of safety issues.

Besides the office employees we also have (a maximum number of) 200 workers at our construction sites. All of us in the office have developed a deep sense of responsibility for our people on site through:
• consistent actions and trainings
• events (Skanska Safety Week)
• thematic conversations and internal communication
• joint analyses of case studies of fatal accidents when we also pay tribute to those who lost their lives at any Skanska project in the world (Global Safety Stand Down).
All of my colleagues, whether from the Finance, the Project or the Leasing Department, are alertly looking out for situations that can be potentially dangerous, and report them. We expect not only our colleagues, but also our subcontractors and suppliers to comply with our safety rules and policies. We created and introduced a very thorough work safety system that gives detailed information for every phase of the construction process. Compliance with the system is a prerequisite for all of our subcontractors to get into a contractual relationship with us. They need to agree to our strict rules, even if some processes take longer or have higher costs, or if they need to participate in our trainings and send us regular reports.

This job is never ending: we have to do our best to maintain the awareness level in order to avoid all negative consequences. I am very proud of our actions and practices in the field of health and safety, and I hope Skanska will be able to influence relevant Hungarian standards, as well.

Magdi Ruzsa (Manager Assistant): Last year we participated in the Green Office Competition organized by KÖVET. Our Managing Director approved and supported our application, which was not his, but our initiative. The only condition of his financial and moral support was that we take full responsibility for both generating ideas and actually implementing the changes. We managed to get everybody on board very soon, and had them identify with our dedication to do things in a green, sustainable way. Our Managing Director created a very inspiring and motivating environment for the project.

We implemented multiple changes in the office – which we had thought was green already – as we realized numerous shortcomings. We organized trainings for our colleagues about recycling, optimized computer settings, updated the lighting system with motion sensors and started to use energy saving bulbs, substituted the dishwashing liquid with a more sustainable brand, and switched from bottled water to filtered tap water. The competition did not only change our office behavior. By internalizing our newly gained knowledge, we also started to do things differently at home, and act in more environmentally conscious ways.
Challenges:  Often times during our activities we are faced with the challenge that environmental consciousness and sustainability is in its infancy in Hungary. Similarly, health and safety issues should receive more emphasis and attention. Our subcontractors need to be educated to understand the importance of our approach and aspirations. It is difficult to change people’s mindset and point of view.

As a profit-driven company registered at the Stockholm stock exchange, we also need to ensure that the financial background is provided for our sustainable, green developments.
Benefits:  Last year we took a great step forward in the field of Health and Safety (H&S). We implemented a unique H&S minimum standard system that has to be applied at all construction works from stage one.

As a result of our internal know-how on sustainability, Green House is the first LEED Platinum pre-certified office building in Hungary. We call the attention of our tenants and subcontractors to the importance and benefits of sustainability, and promote a green way to thinking on the office market.
My place in the ‘small world’:  At Skanska we have a clear vision about the future, which inspires and motivates us to work together. Although in Hungary we only deliver commercial development projects, we also have residential, infrastructure and construction business units worldwide.

We are able to create any form of built environment, as we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise in all fields (from roads to bridges, underground and hospitals).

In order for our way of thinking and behavior to adjust to the changing world, our society also has to change.

But where are we going?

Skanska designed a colored roadmap that helps us define where we are, where we are headed, and what we need to achieve to get there. Our objective and final destination is the development of Deep Green buildings and Deep Green infrastructure.

Deep Green means zero or near-zero environmental impact. (e.g.: Net Zero Primary Energy Consumption, Near Zero Carbon Construction, Zero Unsustainable Materials, Zero Hazardous Materials, Zero Waste and Near Zero Water.

If we consider Vanilla as the starting point (reflecting current regulations, policies and environmental systems), we realize how much more we are capable of achieving. (Please find the Skanska Color Palette attached).

Vanilla: The environmental construction process or product performance is in compliance with laws, regulations, codes and standards.
Green: The environmental construction process or product performance is beyond compliance, but not yet at a point where what we construct and how we construct it can be considered to have near-zero impact.
Deep Green: The environmental construction process or product performance is future proofed – for example, it consumes zero net energy and produces zero waste.

With some of our projects, we are within sight of our Deep Green destination. But at Skanska we are more interested in pushing each and every one of our projects as far into the Deep Green zone as possible, from both the point of view of the final result and the development process itself. Some factors can really speed up the process. Smart, engaged and demanding clients are one. Other important factors include the involvement of our stakeholders early on in the process, and great partnerships with subcontractors and suppliers. This will help to make the entire chain – from raw material to completed construction – more environmentally sound. It will also assist in developing new and better materials and methods that conserve as many resources as possible. Applying a more holistic approach to our surroundings means that instead of just building a house or a bridge, we make sure it functions in its setting without introducing negative effects now or at any point in its existence. That doesn’t necessarily mean using the latest technology. We’ll aim at using the best technology, and in some cases it is hundreds of years old.

In our sustainable little world we are surrounded by Deep Green buildings and infrastructure, and live in a more enlightened, environmentally conscious society.
Industry:  építőipar 
Place of implementation:  Budapest 
Date of implementation:  Since 1987 
Founding year of the company:  1987 
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Contact person:  Andreas Lindelöf
Managing Director
+36 1 382 9100