Designer Outlet as Green Building
BREEAM certification and top marks in the categories “Service Quality” and “Equipment/Infrastructure”
Soltau, 22nd September 2014 – Germany’s Designer Outlet Soltau can now refer to itself as ‘The first European Outlet Center to have been awarded BREEAM certification before the completion of construction” and a winner in the ‘Service’ and ‘Equipment/Infrastructure’ categories in tests carried out by the “German Institute for Service Quality”.
Integrally designed by ATP Frankfurt, the Designer Outlet Soltau has officially been awarded highly sought-after BREEAM (‘Building Research Environmental Assessment Method’) Certification via the Green Building Certification System. This makes it the only designer outlet in Europe to have been awarded such certification before the completion of construction. Such certification offers an internationally-recognized benchmark for the sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings by rating the ecological, economic and social quality of a building across its entire lifecycle.
The Designer Outlet Soltau can be proud not only of its BREEAM Certification, but also of its top marks in tests organized by the German Institute for Service Quality in which the Designer Outlet Soltau took first place in the “Service” and “Equipment/Infrastructure” categories. These tests investigated and assessed the service and consulting quality of ten selected outlet centers across Germany.
“We are delighted about this BREEAM Certification, which is the best current certification method available to the retail sector. Our integrated design approach not only focusses upon achieving the highest possible standards for energy concepts and sustainable building and operation but also takes socio-cultural qualities and values into account – and this success has shown the correctness of our approach. The recognition from the German Institute of Service Quality is also important to us. For example, the top marks in the equipment and infrastructure categories demonstrate the ability of our design approach to pay optimal attention to client needs,” reported Ulf Bambach, ATP Partner in Frankfurt.