The Festo Technology Plant located in Ostfildern-Scharnhausen near Stuttgart has been awarded platinum status, the highest certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Festo manufactures valves, valve terminals and electronics in the Scharnhausen Technology Plant.
In the audit process, a wide range of criteria were assessed, such as energy-efficient construction, building-related operating costs, workplace comfort, the adaptability of technical systems and the quality of the tender and construction process. “The assessment is highly multifaceted and far reaching. In this respect, the audit process is very strict – it took over six months in total. We therefore see the platinum certificate from the DGNB as a particularly valuable seal of quality for our Technology Plant”, says Plant Manager Stefan Schwerdtle.
The DGNB certification process looks at all key aspects of sustainable construction. These include ecological, economical, socio-cultural and functional aspects as well as technology and processes. So far, only around 30 industrial structures or multipurpose buildings with production areas and offices in Germany have received the highest award. The Scharnhausen Technology Plant was Festo’s first new construction project submitted for DGNB certification.