Construction work on the urban development project “PRATER GLACIS” by IG Immobilien is well underway. And the three buildings that are being erected on an area in the immediate vicinity of the Prater have already been awarded gold three times as part of a pre-certification by ÖGNI. By having involved an auditor from an early stage of the construction process, IG Immobilien is ensuring that the future project phases will also go to plan and that the buildings will be used sustainably.

“Sustainability has been a central theme for us right from the word go. Already in the planning phase for the three PRATER GLACIS properties, we made sure we would be able to pass the pre-check by ÖGNI. This involves a rigorous survey, checking whether the required sustainability criteria have been met. We passed with flying colours and won triple gold,” beams Hermann Klein, Managing Director at IG Immobilien.

The award by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate Management (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Nachhaltige Immobilienwirtschaft, ÖGNI) facilitates performance comparisons between buildings. Ecological, economic, sociocultural as well as functional and technical process quality are assessed. The involvement of the ÖGNI sustainability auditor already began in the planning phase of the project and will continue throughout all project phases. Once construction is complete, the operation of the buildings will be evaluated and compliance with the criteria will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Sustainability on all levels

The project “PRATER GLACIS” on Perspektivstraße 4-10 in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt stands out due to its great location near the city centre and its excellent infrastructure. The site will be home to three cutting-edge hotel concepts – Hampton by Hilton, Superbude and ZOKU – as well as a practically self-sufficient office building with wooden facade and a photovoltaic system on the roof. An architectural competition was held for the planning of all properties. In addition to the design quality, the jury members also focussed on the estimated sustainability of the buildings over their entire life cycle. “Once construction is complete, the final audit will take place. The certification process will culminate in the handover of the final certificate. However, as sustainability does not end there, we would like to commission regular recertifications of the buildings on ‘PRATER GLACIS’. We are looking into ensuring a sustainable building technology and procuring sustainable energy and supplies. Resource-saving disposal is also important to us,” says Hermann Klein. Construction on Perspektivstraße is expected to be completed by 2020.

Here you can see the ÖGNI pre-certificates for unit A, unit B and unit C (in German).