Green Rating experiencing strong growth – audits exceed 9 million sqm of commercial real estate in Europe Rob Wilkinson (CEO of AEW Europe) elected as new Chairman – Seizing the moment for growth in 2014

The Green Rating Alliance experiencing strong growth!

The Green Rating Alliance announced today that its Green Rating sustainability building audits grew by 30% in 2013 and exceed 9 million square metres of commercial real estate in Europe. 

Christoph Wildgruber – Head of Sustainability at Allianz Real Estate – CEO of the Green Rating Alliance for 2014 said: ”2013 was a year of great changes and achievements for the Green Rating Alliance. The strong growth of Green Rating audits results from a strong commitment by all members and demonstrates that the Green Rating method helps to assess and manage the environmental performance of real estate assets across Europe. We expect continuing member support in the future and are delighted to welcome our newest member, Gecina.” 

New Chairman 

Rob Wilkinson, CEO of AEW Europe, has been elected Chairman of the Green Rating Alliance for the year 2014, succeeding Pieter Hendrikse, CEO of CBRE Global Investors EMEA. Rob Wilkinson said “I am honoured to take on this role. GRA has come a long way these last few years and there is still a lot of work to be done. 

We will address the challenges that we know we have ahead of us: to continue to grow the association through strategic partnerships to increase the membership base and to offer innovative solutions that address the members requirements as well as the market’s expectations “ 

Board of Directors and enlarged Executive Board 

In its annual meeting the Green Rating Alliance members and the Board of Directors welcomed Vincent Moulard, Director of Healthcare Real Estate at Gecina, as new Director. In addition, the Executive Board for 2014 was confirmed: Christoph Wildgruber, Head of Sustainability at Allianz Real Estate, was confirmed as CEO. 

He will be supported by Xavier de Saqui de Sannes, Director – Asset Management, France & Belgium at Invesco Real Estate, as CFO and Gérard Biessy, Vice President Corporate Business Lines at Bureau Veritas SA, as General Secretary. 

David Short, Sustainability Director at GE Capital Real Estate, Thierry Laquitaine, Sustainable Manager at AEW Europe and Paul Lensing, Business & ESG Manager at CBRE Global Investors, act as Deputy CEOs. 

New auditing member – Arcadis 

Arcadis, a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, is the latest auditing company to join the Green Rating Alliance. Thomas Portmann, Sector Leader Green & Transactional Services at Arcadis said: “Changing from nice to have to must have – sustainability is a topic that has become indispensable in the real estate industry. As we heard about the Green Rating Alliance, their mission and goals we became enthusiastically excited to become part of the association as we strongly believe that our roots in sustainability, our ambitions and geographically presence perfectly match with those of the GRA. We are very happy to join and lookforward to supporting the ideas of the Alliance with our green genes, tools and knowledge.” 

About Green Rating Alliance 

The Green Rating Alliance, a not-for-profit association, brings together leading real estate investors and consultancies from across Europe. Sharing knowledge and best practices at European and country level, the Green Rating Alliance is focused on using and enhancing Green Rating assessment tools and its benchmarking platform in order to make a positive change in commercial real estate assets and portfolios. 

Green Rating is a sustainability audit tool for existing buildings with internationally comparable criteria to assess performance and provide recommendations for improvement. 

Measurement is standardized and based on both operational use and intrinsic build qualities. Recommendations are quantified to enable cost effective improvements. 

Over the last three years, the Green Rating Alliance has developed a cross-border measurement and decision making methodology on sustainability performance of existing buildings. Green Rating certified auditors have assessed more than nine million square meters of office, logistics and retail assets in more than 14 countries. 

Launched in March 2011, the association counts among its members: AEW Europe, Allianz Real Estate, AXA Real Estate, CBRE Global Investors, CeGeReal, GE Capital Real Estate, Gecina, Invesco, KanAm Grund, LaSalle Investment Management and Valad. Certified auditing companies are: Arcadis, Bureau Veritas, Drees & Sommer and Valteq.

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