BASF assesses sustainability in own office buildings worldwide
- Office buildings evaluated regarding economic, environmental and social criteria
- BASF to analyze 150 buildings at 50 sites until 2015
Ludwigshafen, Germany – September 11, 2013 – BASF is evaluating its office buildings worldwide in terms of sustainability. This year, the company has already assessed economic, environmental and social criteria of seven buildings in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
The assessment method of BASF is based on standards of sustainable building labels and on the system of the German Sustainable Building Council, of which the company is a founding member. First, the general state of construction concerning the basic structure and sustainability of the building are determined. Then, for example, the condition of windows and the energy consumption of the building are evaluated, as well as whether lighting and room temperature are adjusted to the well-being of employees.
The results are integrated into a report. It contains recommendations on how the building can be optimized, provided that they are economically feasible. “With this project, we are setting a benchmark for the chemical industry. We are one of the first companies to analyze sustainability criteria of its buildings worldwide,” said Margret Suckale, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.
Project started in all regions
Around 150 BASF-owned office buildings with a floor area of over 1,000 square meters are being analyzed in 50 sites. In the first half of 2013, BASF has examined offices in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Wyandotte, Michigan; Demarchi near São Paulo, Brazil; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia together with the international consulting and engineering company Drees & Sommer.
The results were varied. The suggestions ranged from small modifications in building equipment to insulating façades. “For structural alterations, we will favor BASF products. They help us for example to increase energy efficiency in the buildings,” explained Claudia Neumann-Liedemit, Project Leader in the Group Real Estate & Facility Management of BASF.
The project is one step further toward achieving BASF’s ambitious sustainability goals. In 2011, BASF signed the “Manifesto for Energy Efficiency in Buildings” issued by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), an association of 200 leading global companies which promote sustainable development.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.