Award-winning sustainable management.
Environmental awareness and a sustainable approach are deeply rooted in our DNA. We want our work to continuously improve the ecological footprint of our properties to make a difference. And we arrange for this to be independently audited on a regular basis. One example is the internationally recognised GRESB rating, where a portfolio managed by us once again took first place. The second-placed portfolio in Germany is also from among DeWAG's assets.
Read more about the GRESB Rating 2021 here (only available in German).
Sustainability takes a team.
At DeWAG, an interdisciplinary team analyses and implements measures to improve our ecological footprint. We look beyond our property portfolio to our individual actions. And we make decisions like travelling by rail instead of flying. We also see ourselves as a sparring partner for our residents, offering them tips and advice on how to act sustainably in their everyday life.
Our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations are to be achieved by 2030. DeWAG is happy to take up the challenge of making a contribution to this and assumes co-responsibility for the future. We have developed a DeWAG sustainability strategy that is based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Read our DeWAG sustainability strategy here (only available in German).
What we do
We examine our properties thoroughly in terms of energy efficiency and ecological criteria. Based on our findings, we implement practical energy-efficient modernisation measures to save heating and energy costs for tenants, protect our planet and keep our properties attractive for the next generation.
All of our properties have been powered by green electricity for some time now. And we are currently in the process of converting all of the lighting in communal areas to LED. District heating connections are regularly checked for efficiency and adjusted as required. And because we typically conclude centralised contracts, our tenants benefit from favourable conditions and green tariffs.
From facade paint with ecologically compatible ingredients to wood from FSC-certified forests, we make a point of using sustainable materials in our modernisation and renovation work.
Densification is our way of actively combating the housing shortage in cities. As well as creating housing, this is good for the environment and the climate because existing green spaces and their biodiversity are largely protected, with no new soil needing to be sealed.
Part of our portfolio is regularly audited and certified by GRESB and GPR Gebouw. We also examine the consumption data for all our properties every year, identify benchmarks and calculate CO2 emissions so that we can initiate ecological modernisation measures on a targeted basis.
As part of our efforts to help residents take environmental responsibility within their own four walls, we provide every tenant with our guide to sustainable living, which is packed with handy tips and tricks for everyday life.
We install new elevators to make it easier for older residents to access their apartments, particularly on the upper floors of buildings. Apartments for older people are fitted with features such as accessible bathrooms.
Along with a professional lighting concept for a sense of added security, we focus on seating and meeting areas when designing outside spaces.
We prioritise service providers local to each property or our head office in Stuttgart. We always make a point of ensuring that they have the same attitude to sustainability as us – and we have guidelines to help us support them.
Taking the train instead of flying? Banning plastic bottles from the workplace? We examine our actions right down to the most basic aspects of everyday office life. After all, every little counts.