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Tishman International to address green building strategies at 5th international facility managenent conference in Sofia, Bulgaria

October 15, 2010, 11:19 (PX Newswire)

Los Angeles-based Tishman International Companies, a leading international commercial real estate development and management company, will be making a presentation at the Fifth International Facility Management Conference, themed "Sustainability and Efficiency" to be held on October 15, 2010 at the Holiday Inn in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together facility managers and experts in the field from throughout Bulgaria and southeastern Europe to exchange ideas and knowledge about sustainable building development and management, the creation of healthy and more productive workplaces, and the importance of good design for a successful, energy-efficient building.

Representing Tishman International at the conference, Carlo Marzot, Senior Partner and Managing Director of EZ MEP International and will present "The Green Advantage of Sofia Airport Center (SAC)," the first commercial, LEED-certified office building in Bulgaria, developed by Tishman International/GE.

Tishman International designed Sofia Airport Center located adjacent to Sofia International Airport, as a model of innovative, environmentally friendly development thus creating the first commercial "Green" building in Bulgaria.. The environmental benefits of green design are significant: green buildings can reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, water usage and solid waste by as much as 50-70 percent, and the cost savings that result are good for business.

"As a pioneer of green development in Bulgaria, Tishman International is committed to providing the latest information about green buildings, sustainability strategies, and the advantages they offer to facility managers throughout Europe," said Tishman Chairman Alan D. Levy.

The SAC team of owner, architect and MEP engineers and general contractor early on established the goal of collaborating to achieve LEEDÆ Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the office building being developed at SAC. In five key areas critical to qualifying for LEED, each with multiple factors to take into consideration, the development team used a range of strategies to attain the best possible green outcomes. The five areas are:

o A sustainable site with low impact on its surroundings

o Water efficiency

o Energy consumption and carbon management

o Environmentally friendly materials and resources; and

o Indoor air and environmental quality.

For the benefit of facility managers attending the conference, Mr. Marzot will detail the energy-saving strategies and sustainable materials used at SAC to reach the primary goal of green design-to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace for the building's users and occupants.

"Tishman International is very pleased to be contributing to the development of green buildings in Bulgaria. The construction of SAC is just one aspect of our company's involvement in Bulgaria's economic growth and real estate market", noted Mr. Levy. ìWe are grateful for the support we have received from the Bulgarian government and local enterprises. Tishman is committed to continuing to work together toward a healthy and sustainable future,î he concluded.

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About Tishman International - Tishman International Companies is currently active in the United States, United Kingdom and Central & Eastern Europe including Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. The firm specializes, in the acquisition, development, management and financing of commercial real estate. Tishman has been a consultant and joint venture partner to some of the world's leading institutions and private investors and has recently been appointed by a UK Fund to provide asset and development management services for a portfolio of 12 properties located in Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia.

About Tishman International in Europe - In 1986, Tishman International established its European headquarters in London, England. Since then, the company has developed and managed in excess of six million square feet of premier office and commercial space in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Tishman has provided acquisition and management expertise for millions of square feet of prime real estate assets in Europe, including several Supermarket Centres in the Czech Republic for an International Supermarket Company. Its prestigious roster of clients and partners has included Metropolitan Life, New York Life, Teachers Insurance, Bank of America, Grosvenor International, Citibank, American Express, Fidelity Investments, Lend Lease, HVB Real Estate, and many others.

About GE Real Estate

GE Real Estate currently has over Ђ1 billion invested in Central and Eastern Europe. The Company has invested or developed in the retail, office, residential and logistics sectors in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. The Company made its first investment in Turkey in 2006.

GE Real Estate (www.gerealestate.com) is one of the world's premier commercial real estate companies with more than US $87 billion in assets and a presence in 31 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. GE Real Estate offers a comprehensive range of capital and investment solutions including equity capital for acquisition or development, as well as fixed and floating rate mortgages for new acquisitions or re-capitalizations of commercial real estate. With a 28% compound annual growth rate since 1993, GE Real Estate is one of the world's fastest growing and most profitable real estate enterprises. This extraordinary record of success grows out of a reputation for collaboration and partnership; a depth of knowledge and experience and a history of building relationships, finding opportunities and opening doors for more than 5,000 owners, builders, borrowers and brokers worldwide.

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