London and Oslo buildings in Sema Park certified BREEAM Excellent

Bucharest, October 5, 2020. River Development, a Romanian company and developer of the Sema Parc Project, announces the obtaining of the BREEAM Excellent certification for the design phase, for two new A-class office buildings in London and Oslo, which are in an advanced construction phase. The certification process was coordinated by BuildGreen, leading consultant in the field of design, development and certification of sustainable buildings across CEE region.

The two A-Class office buildings - London and Oslo - are part of the Sema Parc mixed-function Project, located in the central-western part of the capital and have a gross leasable area of ​​31,524 square meters (London - 21,347 square meters, Oslo - 10,177 square meters). Both are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of next year. 

“In the development of all our projects we give special importance to the concept and architecture, but also to the level of efficiency and sustainability. The BREEAM certification process for the London and Oslo buildings took place simultaneously with the design and execution. The “Excellent” rating we obtained reflects very well the responsibility we have assumed so much towards the future beneficiaries, but especially towards the local community, because it revitalizes and restores to the city an extended, completely renewed area” - states Dan Vilău, River Development Project Manager. 

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the world's longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying sustainable developments, including buildings, infrastructure projects and masterplanning. Assessment and certification can take place at a number of stages in the built environment life cycle, from design and construction (New Construction) through to operation (In-Use) and Refurbishment. 

BREEAM ensures an objective assessment of an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, using standards developed by BRE (Building Research Establishment). BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.

„London and Olso buildings were the subject of a thorough evaluation and certification process at the design stage, obtaining a BREEAM Excellent level, with a score of 81.0%. From the 7 assessment categories, the two projects were differentiaded by their ecologic value and a higher level of performance in the Land Use chapter, thus reflecting the development strategy of the entire Sema Parc project” – states Răzvan Nica, Managing Director BuildGreen. 

River Develoment has delivered over 38,000 square meters of A-Class office space in the last years, as part of the Sema Parc project, through the three A-Class buildings - Bruxelles, Paris and Berlin, all BREEAM certified, with a high score of certification or in the process of certification.  



River Development is a real estate developer with fully Romanian capital, specialized in planning, development and management of large real estate projects, with over 15 years of activity on the local market. River Development is developing two large-scale mixed-use projects - Sema Parc (located in Splaiul Independentei) and The Light (located in Iuliu Maniu Boulevard), both located in the central-western area of ​​the capital. Sema Parc is the largest urban regeneration project in Bucharest. The project involves an integrated real estate development on approximately 41 hectares, which in the end will deliver approximately 964,800 square meters built, of which 54% for office space, 32% for residential space, and the remaining 12% for commercial, entertainment and hotel, as well as public utility (school, hospital).  



BuildGreen is leading consultant in the design, development and certification of sustainable buildings in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 2010, it was the first company in Romania to offer advisory services for green building and certification.

The company stands out with the largest number of properties certified according to the LEED, BREEAM, WELL and EDGE schemes - over 200 real estate developments in CEE, from office buildings, shopping centers, logistics parks or industrial factories, to residential and public properties - totaling over 5 million sq m and a €8 billion investment. Răzvan Nica, Managind Director and founder of BuildGreen, was appointed in 2019 by BRE as the first BREEAM International Quality Auditor outside the UK, a position from which he supervises BREEAM certification processes across the entire Globe.

Also in 2019, BuildGreen opened its first headquarter in Prague, after joining forces with Green Gain, one of the leading BREEAM consultans in the Czech Republic, thus becoming one of the largest and most experienced certification consultants in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).