Audi Neuburg’s customer building awarded DGNB Gold certificate

From left: Klaus Demel, Director, Audi driving experience; Dr. Christof Messner, Project Director, Audi Neuburg; Dr. Bernhard Gmehling, Mayor of Neuburg; Klemens Herrle, Architect of customer building; Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Director, Audi Sport; Marcus Herget, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), Dr. Markus Treiber, Drees & Sommer

The customer building in Neuburg on the Danube has become the first AUDI building to be awarded the German Sustainable Building Council’s (DGNB) Gold certificate. Drees & Sommer supported the certification process.

Audi Neuburg is some 20 kilometers from AUDI headquarters in Ingolstadt and was officially opened in the summer of 2014. The Audi Driving Experience Center with a range of tracks for driving and safety training – as well as Audi Sport’s Motor Sport Competence Center – were built on a 47-hectare site over a period of two years. The customer building is open to the public and includes large showrooms as well as modern conference rooms and a restaurant.

Ecological and sustainable design was a key focus for the central customer building. Particularly environmentally friendly and recyclable materials were used in construction and a supply concept was developed to achieve high energy efficiency. One of the main results of this concept is that is that the requirements of the German Energy Conservation Ordinance (EnEV) were exceeded by almost 50 percent. This was achieved through the use of various energy-conservation measures such as LED lighting and underfloor heating and cooling. The building also uses district heating based on industrial waste heat and green electricity from hydroelectric power plants. As a result of these and other measures, the new customer building consistently meets the standards for the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) with the rating ‘very good’ and was awarded the Gold certificate in January 2015. This makes it one of the few venues in Germany that have been certified in accordance with this sustainability standard.

Drees & Sommer engineering experts supported AUDI throughout the construction process and assisted the client with DGNB certification of the new building.