In 2011. "Atrium Consulting" started providing services in the field of certification of the green buildings, by using LEED system of certification. Later in 2013, “Atrium Consulting” included BREEM in the field of their expertise. Since then, the company progressed in the field of registration for issuing other certificates and has expended business outside the borders of Serbia, therefore being established as one of the few local companies which is exporting their knowledge to the European Union.
- When the first version of the certificate BREEAM International New Construction (intended for new construction) appeared we used the opportunity and gained valuation certificate, and two years after that we received valuation certificate for BREEAM In-Use (existing facilities in operation). We are also registered for issuing energy passports under domestic legislation. This practically covers all the most important standards that are present in Serbia - says at the beginning of the interview for "eKapija" Martin Elezovic, executive director of "Atrium Consulting" and first certified valuator for green building according to the British BREEAM standard in Serbia.
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We are pleased to announce that on February 22nd, Atrium Consulting became licensed company for BREEAM In-Use. The formal certificate, issued by BRE Global has been received and registered with the name of Martin Elezovic, director of Atrium Consulting, as BREEM In-Use Auditor.
This makes us ready to respond to requests of all those who would like to ensure the quality of its existing property, to have the official confirmation from the globally recognized body and to ensure that best environmental practice is incorporated into its building, or who would like to promote or sell the property. BREEAM covers all aspects of the building design, construction, management process as well as the wellbeing of the users.
In 2013, Atrium Consulting published the information that it became the first assessor in Serbia for green building certification for new constructions, according to the English BREEAM standard.
In the meantime, our company recognized that Serbian market has become prepared for the green building certification of the existing buildings too.
Whether you are building new construction or already have an existing building, we would be glad to discuss potential for certification of your property and to analyze which certification would be the most suitable for it, LEED or BREEAM.
As a leader in providing sustainable services on our market, we have experienced and accredited professionals for both certifications, LEED and BREEAM in-house.
We are looking forward to our future cooperation through which we would contribute to the development of a better environment as well as social and economic prosperity.Read more...
After a period of stagnation in the real estate in Serbia, development cycle is initiated, and the next three to five years will be crucial for the construction of new projects, said Roman Klott, Managing Director of Atrium Consulting d.o.o., professional Property and Facility management provider in Central and Southeastern Europe and main sponsor of the event.
At “1st Serbian Property Development Conference” he pointed out that Serbia has recorded an intense trend of construction of office and retail space. As he stated, greater demand by tenants and Government efforts in supporting investors through handling problems such as complex administration and legal regulations have contributed to the rise of the real estate market.
According to Aleksandra Damjanovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, in order to attract foreign investment, Serbia conducted a comprehensive reform of legal regulations. Among the key innovations are the new Law on Planning and Construction, Law on Conversion of the Right of Use into the Ownership Rights on Construction Land for a Fee and the Law on Legalization.
There are over 1,600,000 illegal properties on the territory of the Republic of Serbia. The aim of the new law is to return to the legal channels, which will enable their energy recovery - said Damjanovic.
As she stated, one of the most important reforms is the system of issuing electronic building permits, which reduced deadline for obtaining permits to less than 30 working days. Damnjanović outlined that the goal of the reform is to start the construction industry of Serbia and encourage new employment. State Secretary illustrated that in December 2015, 1,051 building permits were issued, which is by 56.4% more than in the same month of 2014.
In 2016, our plan is to upgrade the software for electronic issuing of building permits, as well as to continue investing in transport infrastructure. During this year, section of the highway Ljilg-Preljina on Corridor 11 will be completed, and followed by restructuring of PE "Roads of Serbia". We will invest in water transport, in the construction of ports and harbors, and in the regulation of riverbeds - said Damjanovic.
Belgrade has the biggest role in the development of the construction industry. As explained by Pedja Petronijević, general manager of the company "GTC Serbia", the only foreign investment outside the capital are investments in factories and retail parks. Petronijević believes diversification of investment to other cities in Serbia is essential, since, according to him, other cities have also a demand for modern office space.
He emphasized, however, that Belgrade continues to be an attractive market for investment in real estate.
In the region, Belgrade competes with Budapest and Bucharest. When it comes to Class A office space, Belgrade has about 400,000 m2, which is about ten times less than in Budapest - explained Petronijević.
Construction of high-quality office space in New Belgrade continued in 2016. This Belgrade municipality has attracted investors such as "GTC Serbia" Complex "FortyOne", "MPC Properties" with the "Navigator Business Center" project, "Afi Europe" with business park "Airport City", and the Erste Group, which is building the business center "Sirius Offices".
According to Roman Klott, a year and a half ago, the rate of availability of office space in New Belgrade was about 30%, and is currently around 5%. Increased number of tenants is the result of the arrival of new companies in Serbia, with a higher demand and prices which increased rents in this part of town. Despite the large number of projects, development of real estate market continued to delay due to certain factors, most notably-legislation.
Martin Elezovic, Director of Atrium Consulting, is the first assessor for green building according to the English BREEAM standard in Serbia.
The BREEAM standard is the oldest, and the world's leading method for assessment of sustainable building. It was established in 1990 and since then 250,000 buildings around the world have been certified.