Green Buildings - Sustainability Certificates

Certification of a large number of our fund properties is an important part of our commitment to sustainability. This focus on sustainability in the building sector is based on a comprehensive approach to the property life cycle using environmentally-friendly technologies, while ensuring profitability at all times. Property sustainability certificates allow compliance with sustainability criteria to be measured and compared based on nationally established and internationally recognised certification systems. These include, for example, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM*), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

Certification systems - Similarities and differences

A comparative overview of the market-relevant certification systems in Europe:


Sustainable Portfolio

Our high quality portfolio boasts 267 certified sustainable properties with a market value of over EUR 28 billion at the end of 2020, including, for example “The Edge” in Amsterdam, “Kings Place” in London, “Tower 185” in Frankfurt, “Silvers” in Dusseldorf or “DC Tower 1” in Vienna. As at the end of 2020, certified buildings represented 68 per cent of our global real estate assets under management.

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See our galleries for a selection of other certified “green buildings”.

“The Edge” in Amsterdam sets new sustainability standards

Deka Immobilien’s “The Edge” property in the Zuidas district of Amsterdam is one of the most innovative buildings in the world. “The Edge” received BREEAM New Construction sustainability certification with a rating of “Outstanding”, and in December 2014 achieved the highest score received so far for a sustainable office building anywhere in the world. In 2016, “The Edge” office building won the BREEAM Award in the "Office New Construction" category.


Mit „The Edge“ im Amsterdamer Stadtteil Zuidas hat die Deka Immobilien eines der innovativsten Gebäude weltweit im Portfolio. "The Edge" trägt das Nachhaltigkeitssiegel BREEAM New Construction mit der Ausprägung "Outstanding" (herausragend) und erzielte im Dezember 2014 die bis dato höchste Punktzahl für ein nachhaltiges Bürogebäude weltweit. 2016 wurde das Bürogebäude „The Edge“ zum Sieger des BREEAM Award in der Kategorie „OFFICE NEW“ gekürt.


See our galleries for a selection of other certified “green buildings”.

Selection of certified buildings in Germany:

Selection of certified  buildings in Europe and overseas:

Further insights into practice