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Berlin Hyp HQ demolition gains a sustainability award

B-One: Berlin Hyp’s new HQ.

Real estate bank Berlin Hyp’s B-One project – the replacement of its headquarters with a new building – has attracted a platinum certificate for ‘Building Deconstruction’ from Germany’s sustainable building council (DGNB).

The project involves the demolition of the bank’s old office building at Budapester Strasse 1 in Berlin-Tiergarten and replacement with 4,800 sq m of space, enough for 500 workstations.

Berlin Hyp achieved an overall performance rating of 83.6% in the precertification process and will receive the final certificate after demolition has been completed. It is only the second project in Germany to receive the DGNB award for deconstruction.

Sending a message that resource conservation is crucial

Berlin Hyp’s management board chair Sascha Klaus said that a modern and sustainable concept for the construction of the bank’s new corporate headquarters is being employed. “The building will therefore meet the highest sustainability standards. Our project also includes the deconstruction of our old building. We want to serve as a role model here by setting an example within the real estate sector. It’s important to send a message that resource conservation is crucial,” he added.

The existing building – replacing it will cut energy use in half.

Building material is to be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner and most small office furniture, materials and equipment that is no longer needed has been donated or auctioned off and the proceeds passed to charitable organisations.

The new HQ, designed by Danish architecture firm C.F. Møller Architects, will be completed in 2023 and will bring all employees in Berlin, until now housed in two different buildings, together into a single building. The project name, B-One, reflects the idea of coming together under one roof and the building’s address.

The bank is pursuing a “very high” certification from the DGNB for the completed building which will enable it to reduce energy consumption by over 50% in comparison to the old building which will also significantly lower operating costs. One of the design features that will contribute to this is the photovoltaic systems that will clad the entire façade and part of the roof.