ABN AMRO’s head office at Gustav Mahlerlaan in Amsterdam has received the US’s LEED Gold certification for sustainability. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Following Platinum, Gold is the highest certificate for existing buildings. The bank received the award on 29 March.
More than just a sustainable building
The head office was already given BREAAM certification in 2012, one of Europe’s best known awards. Unlike BREAAM, LEED not only looks at the building itself, but also at how the sustainability policy is applied to water, energy, installation management, procurement, waste management, indoor climate and cleaning. The bank also had to show how it achieves savings; for instance, the head office saves water by innovative means such as water-efficient taps.