ESSEN, Germany - A new innovation center of the Consumer Specialties Business Unit (CS) at Evonik’s Goldschmidtstraße site has been certified by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The German quality seal for sustainable construction certifies buildings in six different areas, ranging from ecological to sociocultural and functional quality. The recent certification in the highest category, Gold, confirms that the new structure of Evonik fully meets more than 60 criteria.
"In our Innovation Center, we are researching the technologies of the future. We test promising new solutions and continuously advance existing products," explains Claus Rettig, Head of the Consumer Specialties Business Unit.
The group invested close to €17 million to ensure that the innovation center not only meets internal requirements but also complies with modern ecological standards. The Sustainable Building Council engages in reviewing resource efficiency in the area of energy, but also looks at aspects such as water consumption or materials used in construction.
The new Innovation Center covers a total area of 5,000 square meters over five floors. In addition to research and development laboratories, it holds office spaces and a special, separate workshop area for collaborations with customers.