Sustainability issues have become key elements of the planning, construction and management of office and, increasingly, other commercial properties.
This is in large part due to market pressures, with sustainability demands being made by tenants, who are concerned with staff wellbeing, productivity and retention. Further, developers and building owners increasingly need to adhere to international and national sustainability regulations regarding energy usage, construction materials and CO2 emissions and the working environment at construction sites. These issues have been given further emphasis by the impact of the coronavirus on office and social behaviour and associated health concerns in the workplace and wider urban environment. From a locational perspective, direct access to public and alternative transportation modes are now a primary requirement for any commercial or business development. The Budapest Business Journal approached several prominent company managers in the real estate industry to comment on what they see as the impact of sustainability on the industry. Sustainability in the COVID-19 environment is further evolving and getting more and more attention, together with the importance of health and safety and contactless technical solutions. Currently, the main focus is on building machinery, especially the air handling systems, which should at the same time be the most energy saving possible, while 100% free of mixing fresh and used air.