Augsburg/Munich, 7 October 2015 – With immediate effect, sustainable building already starts with the production of construction materials. As the first company in the construction materials industry, PCI Augsburg GmbH has received a silver certificate for industrial facilities from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB e.V. – (The German Sustainable Building Council) for its site in Augsburg. The certificate was awarded on 6 October 2015 at the DGNB stand at the EXPO REAL trade fair in Munich. The certificate confirms the PCI plant’s high standards not only with reference to environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects but also with respect to technical and process quality.
“Sustainability is a key topic for us. As a producer of construction materials, we have been concerned with sustainable building and especially with DGNB certification for sustainable buildings for some time now,” says Marc C. Köppe, Managing Director of PCI. “For this reason, it is only logical that we should now gain this certification for our plant. This shows that our products not only contribute to sustainable buildings but are also manufactured under sustainable conditions.”
The PCI plant at Augsburg is the first facility of a construction material manufacturer to obtain this certificate. There were also good reasons for the selection of the plant within the BASF Group. “BASF manages its property portfolio in a sustainable way and would like to become a pioneer with respect to the sustainability of its industrial locations. The PCI plant at Augsburg was selected as a pilot project for DGNB because both the facilities on the site and site organization and documentation offer good conditions for certification,” explains Thomas Glatte, Head of Group Real Estate & Facility Management at BASF, who initiated the certification process.
Sustainability as a continuous process
Various factors were taken into consideration in certification. These included the integration of the plant into the urban landscape, the quality of the environment available to employees and logistics within the plant. The other criteria used for the certification of buildings to DGNB standards such as drinking water and wastewater management, accessibility and safety were also included in the analysis.
“Over the past few years, we have introduced an energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001 at the plant and have taken a number of measures to achieve significant reductions in primary energy consumption,” says Peter Sigmund, Head of Facility Management of PCI Augsburg GmbH, who was responsible for the certification procedure for PCI. “The results of the DGNB certification have confirmed our approach.” Sigmund adds that the certificate is not the final objective but only a starting point. “Certification not only confirms the actual situation at the facility but also indicates further potentials for improvement over the next few years.”
A holistic view of sustainability
“The DGNB certification system for industrial facilities is an effective supplement to BASF’s property portfolio management system,” says Daniela Schneider, project manager for DGNB certification and responsible for sustainable building within the property management organization of BASF. BASF has developed its own assessment methodology for analysing its global building stock with respect to sustainability. To a very large extent, this methodology is based on the DGNB criteria. In addition, the DGNB certification system for industrial facilities offers a good opportunity for assessing not only individual buildings but also interaction with other buildings and with the environment. Apart from the usual three-pillar model – environment, economics and social affairs – the assessment also includes the technical and process quality of buildings or city districts.
The DGNB certification system for industrial facilities is currently in the pilot phase, which is due to be completed by the end of the year. During this phase, the need for adaptations to the criteria of the existing DGNB system and the development of new criteria is being investigated.
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“Sustainability is a key topic for us. For this reason, it is only logical that we should now gain the DGNB certification for our plant at Augsburg”, says Marc C. Köppe, Managing Director of PCI. PCI Augsburg GmbH has received a silver certificate from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB e.V. – (The German Sustainable Building Council) for its location in Augsburg. The certificate was awarded at the EXPO REAL trade fair.
Sustainably manufactured products for sustainable buildings: the PCI plant in Augsburg is the first facility in the construction materials industry to receive the silver certificate of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB e.V. (German Sustainable Building Council) for industrial facilities. This demonstrates that the construction material producer meets high standards in terms of environmental protection, economics and socio-cultural aspects as well as functional, technical and process quality.
A factor taken into consideration in assessment is material flow logistics within the plant.
DGNB certification also took into consideration the quality of the environment available to employees at the plant. For example, this includes areas for breaks and informal discussions.