Downtown One wins Leed Gold in first for Albania

Downtown One, a mixed-use project in Tirana, Albania, has been awarded Leed Gold, becoming the first building in the country to be Leed pre-certified by the US Green Building Council.

The sustainanbly-designed tower, developed by Kastrati Construction in Tirana's central business district, has good access to the city centre.

'We are thrilled to receive this designation for Downtown One,' said Viron Hamzai, CEO of Kastrati. 'From the planning phase, our goal was to develop a high performing and sustainable building that would upgrade the way construction projects are designed, built and operated in Albania.'

The 144-metre-high 37-storey building will provide five underground parking floors, five commercial floors, 11 high quality office floors, three floors for facilities & services and 18 residential floors.

It offers two separate reception areas, one for residential units and the other for the office space. Additionally, the commercial area has its own entrance.

The project's green features include high efficiency HVAC and lighting system, good thermal insulation, above average volumes of fresh air for the occupants, bicycle racks, shower and changing rooms and electrical car charges in each of the underground parking floors. The project aims also to prevent water use by optimising flow and flush rates and cooling tower cycles.

Colliers International Albania and Colliers International Poland advised on the precertification process.

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