Company News, 2011-05-06, 06:18 PM
Gold for the ThyssenKrupp Quarter
ThyssenKrupp was awarded at a formal ceremony held on May 6, 2011, the German Sustainable Building Council’s Gold Certificate for the ecological and economical construction of its new Quarter in Essen, Germany. The corporate headquarters of the Group inaugurated in 2010, complies with the strict requirements of DGNB regarding energy efficiency, the use of sustainable technologies and construction materials, and is impressive for its energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.
“The ThyssenKrupp Quarter is a symbol of forward-looking and sustainable group development,” emphasizes Dr. Martin Grimm, Management Board Chairman of ThyssenKrupp Real Estate when considering the significance of the new corporate headquarters. “The ambitious goals had been defined by ThyssenKrupp even when formulating the underlying philosophy accompanying the architectural competition and then successfully enacted during the around 3-year construction period.” Because of the exemplary planning process, the DGNB had already awarded ThyssenKrupp its Precertificate in Gold during the construction phase in 2009.
The primary energy requirements of the Quarter are 58 percent below the legal limits. The eco footprint shows CO2 emissions around 27 percent lower than a comparable reference building.
Energy probes allow geothermal exploitation of heat and cold stored in the soil. On a some 1,000 m² geothermal field the probes penetrate the soil to a depth of 100 meters. A sun protection system, specially developed for the Quarter and the only one of its kind worldwide, consists of some 400,000 centrally controlled slats or louvers that ensure agreeable office temperatures and optimum use of daylight. The rain-water accumulating on the roofs of the complex is channeled to the lake in the adjacent Krupp Park where it is routed to the Emscher river whose water quality is thus substantially enhanced. “Besides the eco aspects, the ThyssenKrupp Quarter impressed the DGNB with its economical and socio-cultural components,” says Prof. Manfred Hegger, DGNB President. “Economical stands for the sparing use of natural resources and preserving property value while socio-cultural refers to an integrating and inspiring working environment.”
The overall architecture of the complex conveys openness and transparency. The central structure of the administration considerably shortens decision paths, simplifies procedures and facilitates employee interaction. Moreover, the open nature of the buildings and campus furthers communication with people in the neighborhood. http://www.thyssenkrupp.com/quartier/presse