ABN AMRO is setting an example for the Netherlands when it comes to increasing the sustainability of buildings. The bank today received BREEAM Excellent certification for its head office at Gustav Mahlerlaan in Amsterdam. The ABN AMRO building is the first existing building in the Netherlands with this certification.
Annemarie van Doorn, Director of the Dutch Green Building Council: “The biggest challenge facing the construction sector in the Netherlands is making existing buildings more sustainable. ABN AMRO is setting a good example with its unique BREAAM-NL In-Use score. The bank has made huge strides in improving its head office. Never before in the Netherlands has such a high sustainability score been attained for all three BREEAM-NL categories: Building, Use and Management. The bank even achieved the highest qualification for the latter category. This is quite a feat, considering the building is 126,000 square metres.”
“ABN AMRO is hugely ambitious when it comes to making its real estate more sustainable,” says Mark van Rijt, Managing Director of Facility Management. “We received Very Good certification for the head office in 2012. I’m proud that we have now been awarded Excellent status, thanks to our supplementary policies on, for example, energy and water consumption-saving measures, 100 per cent purchasing of biogas, Dutch wind energy, minimising of waste and improvements in the lift system. Eighteen of our buildings have since received BREEAM certification, representing a total of 311,000 square metres. I am confident that we will meet our target of 331,000 square metres by the end of this year.”
The benefits of participation in the BREEAM process for ABN AMRO are twofold. First, it helps the bank reduce energy consumption: ABN AMRO in the Netherlands used 18 per cent less energy in 2014 than it did in 2013. BREEAM participation also yields knowledge, which the bank uses in advising clients in the real estate sector. In this way, ABN AMRO aims to accelerate the level of sustainability of commercial real estate.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the world’s foremost environmental assessment and rating system for real estate in Western Europe. With 425,000 certified buildings and two million buildings registered for certification, BREEAM is an internationally recognised quality mark. Companies that are working to reduce their environmental footprint use BREEAM’s services to help improve the sustainability of their real estate.