Fit for the future: How do I know if my building is ESG compliant?
It is easy to decide whether a piece of clothing should remain in your wardrobe. If you like it, it still fits well and the quality is right, you continue to wear it. With a property, it’s much more complex. We asked our expert Ariane Husemann, Head of Sustainability DACH at Cushman & Wakefield, how to recognise whether a building is ESG-compliant and whether it could be further improved.
"Unfortunately, there is no simple, short answer to this short question due to the complexity of the topic," says Husemann. "Because every building has to be considered individually: For what purpose should it be used? What economic goals am I pursuing? And how can I make working as pleasant as possible for my employees, taking these goals into account?"
"An IT office, for example, must provide rooms for concentrated work. At the same time, it should offer agile group workplaces and meeting rooms. Employees mainly work in a seated position, and remote and flexible working are increasingly important. Under these conditions, completely different ESG potentials may be identified than those for example od a warehouse, which must primarily provide storage capacity for various goods," Husemann describes. "For example, the walls could be re-insulated or building services could be automated to save energy. Optimisation regarding human aspects could be to replace the desks and chairs and offer employees regular back training to enable more back-friendly working."