Green projects: Conscious, sustainable action
Acting consciously – taking responsibility.
Every company has the responsibility to make sustainable and conscious decisions in the economy. And so does GARBE. In order to make our ecological footprint as green as possible and to live up to our social responsibility, we have identified and optimised various factors on the topic of sustainability.
Sustainability is subdivided into several aspects
In order to differentiate and explicitly highlight the individual aspects of sustainability and social responsibility in our company, we have summarised these areas in our Sustainability Code as follows
- Energy-efficient planning and construction
- Sustainable investment strategies
- Effective collaboration strategies with business partners
- Social commitment
Energy-efficient planning and construction
A certain amount of primary energy must always be expended in the construction of new buildings and the use of new materials. This so-called “embodied energy” is often neglected, but is at least partially lost when those materials are completely demolished or disposed of – which is why we include it in our considerations. This allows us to offer a maximally sustainable utilisation concept. This also means continuing to use existing properties with the help of resource-saving modernisations, in order to act sustainably.
Land sealing and ecological building materials
In addition to the CO2balance, GARBE pays close attention not only to ecological considerations but also to energy efficiency and the use of environmentally friendly and sustainable building materials in new construction projects. In this process, the most sustainable and sensible approach is examined individually for each property. As a long-standing member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) we also attach great importance to a responsible approach to the issue of land sealing. We have already used large brownfield sites for our project developments. Likewise, certifications in accordance with BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and DGNB are part of our range of services.
The switch to LED lighting and the use of daylight are just two examples of how greater energy efficiency can be achieved in existing properties. Likewise, value is placed on sustainable integration into the neighbourhood. In 2016, our brownfield development on a former Thyssen-Krupp site was even awarded the BVL Sustainability Prize for Logistics.
Optimum use of space
The prevailing shortage of space is no longer a secret and also presents GARBE with the major challenge of making optimum and, above all, sustainable use of space. One solution: Height. Through the new development of innovative building types and techniques, minimal space can be optimally utilised by building to height. Large hall roofs, on the other hand, present a worthwhile option for the expansion of photovoltaic systems to generate alternative electricity. For this reason, we have additionally strengthened our renewable energy division in 2018.
Some examples of our ecological commitment
Logistics Centre Osnabrück
WGK capable - warehouse for hazardous materials, DGNB Gold certified, ecofriendly heating system, energy-saving LED lights, photovoltaic system on the roof
Logistics centre Ensisheim
BREEAM certified - level good, energy-saving LED lights, photovoltaic system on the roof, prepared for approx. 20 electric parking spaces
Amazon distribution centre Meßkirch
Energy-saving LED lights, covered bike racks, pre-equiped for e-mobility
Various business models and ecological investments
Even before a property can be built sustainably, the planning and management of such properties must also meet a certain standard of sustainability. Thus, the choice of different business models and the offer of ecological financial investments must not be neglected.
We make sustainable and conscious decisions for the future. And have done so for more than 50 years.
Sustainable investment strategies
Most investments are geared towards economic profit and maximising value. But especially with such investments GARBE does not push the aspect of sustainability into the background. Rather, decision-making processes are designed in such a way that sustainability issues can be given sufficient consideration. Concrete investment projects with energy-related issues as part of the due diligence process are given preference.
Effective supply chain strategy
In our selection process of various business partners and service providers, we follow a specific principle: we not only pay attention to competence and value for money, but also to the extent to which ESG criteria are met.
Our stakeholders’ requirements
With the help of a self-imposed code of conduct, we try to meet our stakeholders’ requirements for the sustainable development and management of real estate as best as possible. These regulations set out rules and procedures for how and where we want to develop our business.
This is what we offer our investors
- Sustainability certifications
- Sustainable operation of the property, third-party usability & Multi-functionality
- Sustainability and energy efficiency in construction
- Return on investment considerations
- Compliance with legal obligations
This is what we offer our tenants
- Sustainable management of the property
- Minimisation of operating and energy costs
- Optimisation of working conditions
- Integration into a green logistics concept
Making conscious decisions
Through the interaction and constant development of all these components, we succeed in implementing our goals socially and ecologically. This is how we make sustainable and conscious decisions for the future. And have done so for more than 50 years.