Smart Building Certification has awarded YIT with Platinum Smart Building Certification for the Workery+ Vallila office property development. The property, which was opened in spring 2021 and features smart property infrastructure and solutions, is the first in Finland to be awarded this certification. The property also won the Smartest Building Award last spring.
Smart Building Certification, which granted the award, appraises buildings on the basis of how smart they are by applying criteria including building usage, user experience and collaboration, building performance, building environment, integrative design and safety and security.
The former Telia head office in Helsinki’s Vallila district was refurbished for YIT as a continuously developing living lab for innovation, smart property solutions and property applications. YIT will take advantage of the lessons learned in its business operations and other projects to support the development of solutions to the changing requirements of hybrid work. Sustainability was one of the key priorities of the renovation project. The circular economy and recycling were taken into account; for example, the old metal floor was renovated to avoid the unnecessary use of new materials. At the same time, the original appearance of the building was emphasised.
“The project has focused on the user experience and the development of new business models and ways of managing the space with the help of smart technology. YIT scored very high marks for building performance, building environment and building usage. Special focus has been placed on user health, building sustainability and enhanced control and management. Innovations inspire us all,” says Smart Building Certification Co-Founder Nicholas White.
“Workery+ Vallila is an inspiring example of what is possible with older buildings. This project combines smart solutions and technology,” says Anders Stenbäck, VP, Offering and Services at YIT.
YIT aims to have an impact on society in many ways and to engage in interaction with innovative technology partners, universities and the surrounding society to create thought leadership that supports the smart, sustainable and healthy movement.
“We believe in solutions that combine a pleasant working environment and productivity and, at the same time, are more profitable. We make use of smart solutions because we recognise that things that can be measured in properties can be managed more effectively,” says Juho Siitonen, VP, Strategy and Development at YIT.
YIT’s Workery+ business premises utilising smart and innovative real estate technologies are YIT’s response to the changing needs of businesses, offering innovative commercial properties combined with remote workstations. The concept promotes better working conditions through flexibility, comfort and hotel-level services.
For further information, please contact:
Juho Siitonen, VP, Strategy and Development, YIT Finland Ltd, tel. +358 (0)40 647 4523, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anders Stenbäck, VP, Offering and Services, Partnership Properties segment, YIT Finland Ltd, tel. +358 (0)50 548 2234, email@example.com
Heidi Kauppinen, Communications Manager, YIT Corporation, tel. +358 (0)40 574 3170, firstname.lastname@example.org
YIT is the largest Finnish and a significant North European urban developer and construction company. Our goal is to create more sustainable, functional and attractive cities and living environments. We develop and build apartments, business premises and entire areas. We also specialise in demanding infrastructure construction. We own properties together with our partners, which supports the implementation of our significant development projects. We also provide our customers with services that increase the value of properties. We employ approximately 7,400 professionals in ten countries: Finland, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Our revenue in 2020 was approximately EUR 3.1 billion. YIT Corporation’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy. www.yitgroup.com