Certifications make sustainability performance comparable, and investors and customers expect comparable disclosures on our sustainability performance. We continue to offer our customers excellent certified projects using established certification schemes. 

Environmental certifications

LEED certification

LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. It provides a framework for healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving green buildings. In Central and Eastern Europe, we require that each commercial building that we build must be certified with the LEED certificate. To date, we certified 75 office projects with over 1 million square meters of leasable area. 

BREEAM certification

BREEAM is the world’s leading science-based suite of validation and certification systems for sustainable built environment and it provides consistent and comparable sustainability assessment and verification across all asset types. In Skanska, we use BREEAM certification for our residential buildings. 

Certifications that include social impact

WELL certification

An international certificate confirming the quality of the project and its high-class performance from the perspective of the health and well-being of its users. It measures and monitors features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. 

Our commercial buildings have been certified with WELL since 2018 and to date, 12 of our office projects and 5 of our workplaces have been successfully awarded with this certification. 

WELL Health-Safety Rating

The WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management is an evidence-based, third-party verified pathway for addressing acute health threats, including COVID-19 and beyond. It confirms the preparation of the building in terms of the solutions and procedures used for crises – such as a pandemic. 

This certification must be verified annually to confirm the building continuously provides a healthy and safe environment. In Central and Eastern Europe, all our commercial projects must be WELL Health-Safety rated and recertified every year. 

Building without Barriers certificate

In 2009, the Integration Foundation, which works for people with disabilities, created the "Building without Barriers" certificate. Until 2018, it was granted to public, commercial, and service facilities, office buildings and cultural institutions.  

Skanska was the first commercial real estate developer in Poland to submit its facilities to an accessibility audit conducted by Fundacja Integracja, both for offices and residential buildings. In 2016 Maraton in Poznań became the first certified office building in Poland, and in 2019 Holm House stage one became the first certified residential building. 

Energy reduction in new office buildings

Annual expected energy reduction in divested office buildings developed by Skanska Commercial Development units in Nordics, Europe, and the USA, in relation to the LEED certification system's established baseline.

Certified buildings, share of commercial development divestments in 2022

Share of total value, corresponding to SEK 8.3 billion, of divested offices in the commercial development business stream certified by LEED Platinum or Gold, or BREEAM Excellent, or WELL.