DOSSIER "A PASSION FOR PROPERTIES": Getting established buildings on track for success

When thinking about sustainable property projects, existing buildings play a central role. With targeted measures, we can make them fit for a sustainable future and meet one of the biggest challenges facing the construction and property industry: Reducing their CO₂ footprint and using resources responsibly. 

This attitude has become even stronger in the recent past, which is closely linked to the central goals and challenges of our time: climate neutrality, resource conservation and waste avoidance. Existing properties offer enormous potential to save CO₂ and costs while becoming less dependent on resource suppliers.  

But how do we make existing properties truly sustainable and fit for the future? 

  • Energy-efficient refurbishment by improving thermal insulation and using renewable energies: The heating of the future will be powered by electricity or supplied by local or district heating. The heat pump plays an important role in this context. 
  • Utilising the CO₂ advantage: Converting existing buildings consumes fewer new resources and releases less CO₂. 
  • Conversion according to urban mining principles: Buildings contain valuable raw materials. These need to be identified and made usable again at the end of a property's service life. 
  • Use of recyclable materials: Building materials produced according to the Cradle to Cradle® principle make existing buildings sustainable and reduce waste. 

Our dossier "A Passion for Properties"uses many projects to show what solutions are available for optimising existing buildings and what is already possible.  

Download the new dossier here: Dossier Sustainable refurbishment | Drees & Sommer (