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EY moves to Powerhouse Telemark

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After almost 25 years at Bjørnstad, EY (Ernst & Young) moves a stone's throw away, more specifically to the "green diamond" Powerhouse Telemark.

CNN is impressed with Snøhetta's design and the building's environmental footprint, and has included Powerhouse Telemark on its list "The most anticipated buildings set to shape the world in 2020". "Everything about this sleek building, which is almost completely covered by solar panels, is done with the environment in mind," writes CNN.

EY's Porsgrunn office, with its 42 employees in auditing, tax, and consulting, will move into Powerhouse Telemark towards the end of the year. In the 11-story high building, which holds a total of 350 office spaces, EY will occupy an entire floor. The three upper floors will be shared between all the building's tenants and house a staff restaurant, meeting room center, and roof terrace. The other tenants are R8 (who is also the owner), Gassnova, Rambøll, SCG Chemicals, Evolve, Schneider Electric, Mynd Entreprenør, and Protekt IT.

- We are really looking forward to moving into new, state-of-the-art premises. This is a strategically important decision for our further investment in Telemark and our visibility in the Grenland area. We also believe that new premises will strengthen the attractiveness among employees and new graduates, says Tone Mari Flatland, office manager EY in Porsgrunn. She adds that the building is adapted to different work situations and that EY is concerned with facilitating this flexibility.

Builder and CEO of R8 Property, Emil Eriksrød, is also very pleased with the new tenant. - EY has, for several decades, been a solid and important company in our region. Most people in public and private sectors have probably been introduced to EY in some way. For us, it is a feather in our cap to have EY as a tenant, and at the same time, it is extra gratifying that they invite their customers to visit their new offices. This way even more people get to experience the building. We strive to develop great communities, and EY helps us achieve this.

The signal building Powerhouse Telemark produces more energy than it consumes over its lifetime and will be one of the world's most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings when it is completed in early August. The complex geometry is closely associated with sun, heating, and cooling and the distinctive architectural character has given it the nickname "the green diamond." Flatland also mentions that EY on a national basis will look for the most carbon-neutral and energy-efficient premises possible when renewing leases for the future, as part of fulfilling the company's purpose: "Building a better world." - Yes, we hope there will be more Powerhouses in both Telemark and Vestfold, concludes Tone Mari Flatland.

Contact:
Tone Mari Flatland, 984 77 290, tone.mari.flatland@no.ey.com
Emil Eriksrød, 415 22 463, emil.eriksrod@r8group.no