First Sustainability Certificate for Holiday Resorts Awarded to Center Parcs’ Holiday Park Allgäu

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Center Parcs Certificate Award: Frank Daemen (Managing Director at Center Parcs Germany), Dr. Christine Lemaitre (Chief Executive Officer at German Sustainable Building Council – DGNB), Erwin Dezeure (CSR Director Center Parcs Europe) and Emilie Riess (CSR Manager Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group)

Holiday home

Market dome (central building of the new holiday park)

Center Parcs’ Holiday Park Allgäu in Southern Germany has become the first sustainable holiday resort to be recognized with German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) Gold pre-certification on the occasion of the 50th Caravan Motor Tourism (CMT) Holiday Exhibition on January 18, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. The ‘Resorts’ usage profile is based on the existing system for urban neighborhoods of DGNB. Drees & Sommer, a member of the Sustainable Building Council, was involved in developing the usage profile and advised on pre-certification of the holiday park as consultant and auditor.

Alyssa Weskamp, project manager and sustainability adviser at Drees & Sommer, explains the importance of the new usage profile. ‘In comparison with standard urban neighborhoods, there is a different mix of uses. In the case of a resort, design, construction and operating aspects are also determined much more by a single developer. The existing profiles were unable to accommodate the particular features of a holiday resort – for this reason, the DGNB has developed an appropriate profile.´ Taking into consideration the specific requirements, the project resulted in a unique combination of criteria from the usage profile for urban neighborhoods and the buildings usage profiles for hotels and residential buildings.

Park Allgäu is committed to sustainability

During construction of the new holiday park in the Allgäu region of Germany, particular attention was paid to the integration of architecture and infrastructure into the existing natural environment and landscape. A lot of different sustainability aspects are taken into account on the 180-hectare site with 75 percent open space – both in its development and in day-to-day operation.  Park Allgäu opens in the autumn of 2018 as the sixth Center Parc holiday park in Germany.