We also take care to maximize energy efficiency when constructing new buildings. The most recent new build at our headquarters in Stuttgart, for example, was constructed according to the sustainability standards of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), and was awarded the DGNB's Gold Standard. DEKRA is a member and exclusive partner of the DGNB, and has been supporting the nonprofit organization since 2013 in optimizing inspection processes, assisting hundreds of buildings in Germany to obtain sustainability certification.
DEKRA has also helped to establish the DGNB system in China, through instruction courses and the training of local DGNB auditors and consultants. DEKRA is also a member of the German Green Building Association (GGBA), the official German representative at the LEED International Round Table of the U.S. Green Building Council.
heat and power
As part of a project with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, starting in January 2021 the existing latent heat storage system at the DEKRA headquarters in Stuttgart will be converted to a phase change slurry (PCS) storage system, with the aim of optimizing the building management system in terms of usage of the storage system, running the existing combined heat and power plants more efficiently, generating more electricity, and reducing operating costs. Phase change slurries are used as liquid heat transfer media, obtained by dispersing paraffin in water. The project is scheduled for completion in 2024.