The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) awarded 20 shopping centers, which are owned by Deutsche Euroshop AG and managed by ECE, with sustainability certificates at this year’s Expo Real in Munich. Seven centers received platinum certificates while 13 received gold certificates. DGNB Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christine Lemaitre presented the certificates to Markus Lentzler, Managing Director Architecture & Construction at ECE, and Wilhelm Wellner, speaker of the Executive Board of Deutsche EuroShop AG.
The successful certifications were based on the DGNB basic certificate for buildings in-use. ECE was the first company ever to receive this certificate for its sustainable work processes. ECE optimized its equipment and its processes in a way that enables its shopping centers to be operated on sustainable principles. These processes include procurement, maintenance, or “Green Lease”, i.e. leases which comply with sustainability standards.
On this basis ECE and Deutsche EuroShop AG decided to have 20 centers rated in a portfolio certification process to ensure the continuous development of these properties. The auditors looked especially at property-specific aspects such as energy consumption, sociocultural projects, or mobility. This procedure follows a holistic approach in which all pillars of sustainability – economic, the environmental, and social aspects – are constantly considered and optimized. “The DGNB certificate for buildings in-use has become a very handy tool for us,” said Maria Hill, Director Sustainability & Internal Services at ECE. “It allows us to optimize our national and international projects constantly. This, in turn, benefits the owners of the shopping centers.”
The platinum certificates go to A10 Center Wildau near Berlin, Billstedt-Center Hamburg, City-Galerie Wolfsburg, Phoenix-Center Hamburg, Stadtgalerie Passau, Árkád Pécs in Hungary and City Arkaden in Klagenfurt, Austria. These centers received very good ratings for many areas audited by DGNB.
In the picture of the certification ceremony (from left to right):
Maria Hill (Director Sustainability & Internal Services ECE), Dr. Christine Lemaitre (DGNB Chief Executive Officer), Markus Lentzler (Managing Director Architecture & Construction ECE), Wilhelm Wellner (speaker of the Executive Board of Deutsche EuroShop AG), Prof. Dr. Joachim Hirschner (DGNB Senior Auditor), Johannes Kreißig (Managing Director DGNB GmbH)
Source : Joint Press Release