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Gladsaxe Company House sets a milestone for sustainable building

Gladsaxe Company House has been awarded Gold in the certification system DGNB, as the first building in Denmark. PensionDanmark owns the property, which has been developed and tenanted by NCC.

A Danish property has for the first time received the most pristine seal of approval in sustainability, as Gladsaxe Company House today was bestowed the highest honor within the certification system DGNB. DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) is one of the world’s most renowned standards in terms of the sustainability of buildings. The highest distinction is the Gold-certificate, which is conferred to properties characterized by top levels of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

52 buildings have either been certified, pre-certified or registered for certification, since the introduction of DGNB in Denmark in 2012. Of these, Gladsaxe Company House, which is owned by PensionDanmark and which is both developed and housed by NCC, is the first in the country to achieve the Gold-certification. The accolade is attributed to the building’s good indoor climate with natural lighting, air-conditioned office spaces, and low noise levels.

Green Building Council Denmark, the Danish administrator of the system, has today presented a certificate and a plaquette at a function at Gladsaxe Company House, as a visible proof of the sustainability gold achievement.

”In Gladsaxe Company House, you clearly and tangibly experience what it means to be working in a sustainability-certified building of the highest caliber. Today we are primarily developing certified office buildings. It provides more value for the tenants in the shape of better indoor climate, better atmosphere and less energy consumption, and it gives the investors a greater confidence of value in the long run,” says CEO, Marius Møller, NCC Property Development.

PensionDanmark has in the recent years invested in eight newly-constructed business properties that either are or will be certified, when they are done.

"We are very proud that this extraordinary property has received this unique distinction. As a conscientious investor, we emphasize sustainability in the properties, we invest in. Not only as a consideration to the climate, but primarily because sustainability enhances the attractiveness of the properties. In the end, this contributes to securing good and stable returns for our members throughout several years,” says CEO, Torben Möger Pedersen, PensionDanmark.

Green Building Council Denmark itself perceives the increased interest in certifications as a mark of an incipient paradigm shift in the construction industry.

”Previously, it was a system for an exclusive circle of pioneers in the field of sustainability. We can now confirm that the system has gained a foothold among the great majority. The general consensus is to ensure that the construction is future-proof by building according to high quality measures, while simultaneously documenting the work effort. The hit-and-run-approach is over and with it, fast money is no more,” says Mette Qvist, Director, Green Building Council Denmark.

About Gladsaxe Company House

Owner: PensionDanmark
Developer: NCC Property Development A/S
Contractor: NCC Construction Danmark A/S
Architect: Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter
Tenants: NCC, Baxter A/S and JTI A/S
Area: 15.400 sqm composing 9 floors
Location: Corner of Tobaksvejen and Gladsaxe Ringvej
Certification: DGNB Gold