Cologne, 14 December 2020. After moving into its new headquarters, Der Grüne Punkt completed the certification process conducted by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for the building’s interior features and was awarded the DGNB Platinum Certificate. “Our new building reflects our aspiration to operate on a sustainable basis,” said Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt when the certificate and the seal of approval were handed over. “This is why successful certification by the DGNB constitutes an extremely important milestone for me.”
On the occasion of a tour through the building, Dr. Christine Lemaitre, Chief Executive Officer of DGNB, handed over the platinum seal of approval to Michael Wiener: “A DGNB Platinum Certificate provides the best evidence that ultra-stringent sustainability requirements were not merely planned for the building but actually translated into hands-on reality. Moreover, it shows that the way in which the company treats its buildings is seen as a key element in its holistically conceived sustainability strategy.”
Der Grüne Punkt had already initiated the certification process in accordance with the extensive criteria of the DGNB for the building’s interior fixtures and furnishings over a year ago. While construction work was in progress, the building materials used for the interior fittings were checked and approved, and measurements were taken to test the indoor air and the acoustics. In addition to health, user-friendliness and functionality, the interior fittings’ ecological and economical quality was likewise assessed.
With its flexible room concepts, ergonomically designed workplaces, a plant-studded atrium, an outdoor terrace and recreational facilities, the new building offers the employees of Der Grüne Punkt a pleasant, productive working environment. What’s more, the new premises can also be conveniently reached by local public passenger transport, and are equipped with charging stations for electric cars and e-bikes as part of a holistic mobility concept.
A most varied range of fittings, from floors right through to pieces of furniture, are in whole or in part made of Systalen®, the recycled plastic manufactured by Der Grüne Punkt – without any quality impairment as compared to conventional products. They make a vital contribution towards turning the new headquarters into a sustainable building and complying with the stringent DGNB standard. “Our intention is to demonstrate that we ourselves have fully embraced everything we’re asking from various stakeholders. The DGNB Platinum Certificate is a vitally important confirmation in this context,” says Michael Wiener in conclusion.
Picture caption: Dr. Christine Lemaitre, Chief Executive Officer of DGNB, seen handing over the seal of approval for the DGNB Platinum Certificate to Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt (Photo: Jan Knoff/Der Grüne Punkt).
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The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are service providers for extended producer responsibility, leading suppliers of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producers of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution providers for the needs of the circular economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), with the Green Dot as its trademark, was among the companies to introduce and establish the dual system in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brand name for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.