The new efficiency standard in Real Estate: BREEAM Excellent Certification for Luxuria Domenii Residence Project

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 27/08/2020 | 10:19

2020 is about change, improvement and solutions for a better quality of life. The preoccupation for green solution is a must and certifications on sustainability and energy efficiency are a strong asset in real estate nowadays. In Bucharest, there is only one residential project registered to receive the BREEAM Excellent Certification, offering an impressive amount of advantages: Luxuria Domenii Residence, project of Impact Developer & Contractor.

Alignment to international standards

Bucharest is a city in continuous development, with focus on Smart City projects and green solutions that will improve the lives of citizens. The responsibility for making notable changes lies with the authorities, who must implement solutions for a green infrastructure, but also with real estate developers, who must build sustainably and with a future perspective.

In the capital, green spaces occupy only 7.5% of the city’s surface, 39% of the areas with vegetation being in District 1, including Băneasa Forest. According to Vital Signs statistics, the green space index is 9.86 sqm / inhabitant, 12 times lower than in Vienna (120 sqm / inhabitant), which means that projects including large areas of green spaces are a must.

The housing and development environment are essential for the lives of citizens and in the current context, where people are more interested than ever in the quality of life, alignment with international housing standards is a topic of utmost interest.

Experienced real estate developers know the importance of building in accordance with the requirements of the future and have chosen to invest in sustainable projects, friendly to both the environment and residents, in terms of a higher standard of living and low maintenance costs.

Green buildings are beginning to be part of the urban landscape, shaping the reality of the future and BREEAM Certification is the most important method of assessing global sustainability for design, infrastructure and buildings, which recognizes and reflects the value of higher performing assets in the life cycle of the built environment, from new construction to use and refurbishment.

The certification is a process performed by a third party, specialists in assessing the environmental, social and economic sustainability performance of an asset, using the standards developed by the international authority BRE Group.


Sustainability, investment decision factor

A study by Cushman & Wakefield claims that 93% of respondents consider sustainability a valuable and relevant differentiator. Therefore, BREEAM Certification increases the attractiveness of the building and facilitates its trading. At international level, the sustainability of a residential compound is among the essential criteria for choosing a home, offering greater confidence in the project, a better estimate of its long-term value, and a better investment rate. In the next years, the citizens will prefer the new quality standards and they will prioritize this aspect in their decisions.


Residential Projects with BREEAM Excellent Certification in Bucharest

29 Years on the real estate market demonstrate the power to adapt to the globalization context and the continuous improvement of the business. Impact Developer & Contract is a joint stock company which aligns to international business and corporate social responsibility standards.

For Impact, sustainability is a priority in project development and the flagship projects are real proofs. Taking care of the 3 P’s of sustainability that have a strong impact over the business is a regular practice, since the planet, the people and the profit are essential assets for Impact.

According to Build Green, the leader of the local consulting market in the field of design, development and certification of sustainable constructions, at this moment, in Bucharest, only one residential project ticks the BREEAM criteria, with the Excellent rating: Luxuria Domenii Residence.

Designed to fit the energy class A and green buildings category, Luxuria is the first premium project of the developer Impact and also the first up-scale residential development that received this certification.


The advantages of BREEAM Certification in Real Estate

BREEAM level enhances the well-being of the residents, while contributing to the protection of natural resources. The efficiency of the buildings means sustainability, green solutions, construction quality, consumption efficiency and, implicitly, cost reduction.

For obtaining this certification, starting from the initial stages of design and construction, Luxuria Domenii Residence adopted strategies of sustainability and integrated design (intelligent design, special material for increased energy comfort, good compartments) to consume low energy.

There are multiple benefits for flat owners in BREEAM Excellent certified buildings:

– up to 13% reduced maintenance costs;

– reduced energy consumption, between 25 – 50% lower;

– up to 39% less CO2 emissions;

– up to 39% less water consumed;

– up to 70% less waste.

Respecting sunshine studies is another important requirement of the project. The efficiency of the natural light penetration in the location brings the following advantages: the ability to learn faster raises by up to 26% and productivity is increased with 18%. In Luxuria apartments, spacious terraces and large glazed areas allow natural light to penetrate most of the day, so that residents have optimal conditions to live and work, even more if they will opt for an apartment with integrated office. The building’s improved ventilation systems bring considerably better individual productivity, correlated with better lighting and ventilation, as well as room temperature control.

In Luxuria Residence, the indoor air quality is ensured by well-chosen ventilation systems and the thermal comfort can be adjusted by each tenant, depending on preference. The standard for water consumption encourages the sustainable use of water both during construction and during operation.

The certification is done by identifying the possibilities to reduce the consumption of drinking water throughout the life of the building. Regarding the material used, BREEAM Excellent certification encourages the reduction of the quantity and types of materials with a high impact on the environment at all stages: design, construction, operation and maintenance. Emphasis is placed on the procurement of materials in a sustainable manner and with a low CO2 footprint on the environment. The waste category encourages the reduction of the amount of waste and the use of the properties of materials to the maximum capacity.

Pollution standards address the prevention and control of uncontrolled pollution and water leakage. The requirements aim to reduce the negative impact of buildings in the immediate vicinity and on the environment caused by minor pollution, noise, floods and emissions that could pollute the air, soil or water.

Ecology requirements encourage soil sustainability, habitat protection and its creation / re-creation, and enhancing the value of biodiversity for the building site and its immediate surroundings. In Luxuria Domenii Residence, 9,650 sqm of green spaces are about to be delivered this September: 2,500 sqm park and 10 thematic gardens will be exclusively available to residents. A very important aspect that also validates the certification: there is no traffic inside the compound, since there is only underground parking.  The proximity to all types of transportation encourages public transport and pollution reduction.


For all the categories mentioned above – Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Ecology and up to Pollution, in Luxuria Domenii Residence have been considered the best options so that the residential project to be the first in Bucharest to take the BREEAM Excellent certification.

This kind of certifications raise the standard and offer the citizens the chance to live better, in a healthier environment, as a statement of their good choices. Discover the first BREEAM Excellent Certified Project, at The Address Of Success!

* The five BREEAM Rating levels are: Pass; Good; Very Good; Excellent; Outstanding.

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