The Hague, 9 May 2018

The nominees have been announced for the 2018 Green Leader Award. From the many submissions, the jury, led by last year’s winner Peter Göbel, selected five sustainability leaders: Bram Adema (CEO, CFP Green Buildings), Robbert van Dijk, (Fund Director ASR Dutch Core Residential Fund, a.s.r. real estate), Daan van der Vorm (CEO VORM Holding), Anneke de Vries (SVP Real Estate, Construction and Franchise, Albert Heijn), and Ronald van der Waals (Fund Manager CBRE Dutch Office Fund, CBRE Global Investors) are all in the running for the 2018 Green Leader Award. This third version of the award promises to be something really special. And to mark the 10th anniversary of DGBC a special award will be presented, in addition to the Green Leader Award, to someone who has set a high-profile example for the sector in the past 10 years.

Green Leader Award

The Green Leader Award is an initiative by the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) in collaboration with PropertyNL and PROVADA. It was created because the real estate sector is making progress in sustainability, but not quickly enough or across the board. With their new and refreshing insights, decision-makers who demonstrate boldness and personal leadership can make a difference in this regard, thus giving a powerful boost to making the built environment more sustainable. The winner is challenged to share his or her knowledge for a year and to display the leadership needed so as to further accelerate sustainability.

Chosen by a jury but also by the public

The jury has opted for a balanced representation of different players within the value chain. PropertyNL has produced an inspiring section about the nominees. The public can vote for the nominees until Tuesday 5 June via www.greenleaderaward.nland also at the PROVADA. The jury will then weigh both the internal and external votes and decide who will be the winner of the 2018 Green Leader Award. The special award will also be presented. The presentation ceremony will take place at 2.30 pm on 6 June during the PROVADA at Amsterdam’s RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The nominees

Bram Adema, CEO, CFP Green Buildings

Together with his team at CFP, Bram is one of the leaders in making the built environment more sustainable. His mission is to give the whole of the Netherlands the expertise needed to work towards sustainability. CFP’s consultants and online software turn the owners, financiers, property managers, valuers, and tenants of more than 250,000 buildings in 7 countries into sustainability managers. Even 2000 school pupils (in groups 7 and 8) saved an average of 16% on their schools’ energy consumption within just 8 weeks. What’s next on the road to achieving CFP’s mission? Amongst other things an Energy Robot that automatically identifies energy savings and guides you through implementing them, and an online BREEAM quick scan. Bram is a board member of the Dutch Green Building Council, the initiator of the Green Deal for Circular Buildings, and the organiser of the annual Green Buildings Conference with the ABN AMRO Innovation Challenge. His slogan is “We want the Netherlands to have 17 million sustainability managers!”

Robbert van Dijk, fund director ASR Dutch Core Residential Fund, a.s.r. real estate

Robbert joined a.s.r. real estate three years ago, at a point when sustainability was only barely anchored within the organisation. He has been the great initiator of putting CSR on the map at a.s.r. real estate, particularly at the housing fund, which is now at the forefront of the investment fund sector where sustainability is concerned. There is now a clear and ambitious CSR policy, the housing fund has a Green Star (with 4 stars) in the GRESB, and the housing fund will have made 800 homes sustainable by the end of this year, increasing their energy label from “E”, “F”, or “G” to “A” (out of some 4900 homes).

Daan van der Vorm, CEO VORM Holding

Daan and his team are fully committed to sustainability and are prepared to take risks in that regard. Under his leadership, the company is fully committed to newly built homes with an EPC of zero or better. Daan is renowned as a true visionary and knows how to connect up a lot of people via his enormous network. In 2017 he entered into a partnership with Physee to deploy Powerwindows (energy-generating glass), for example in the BOLD residential tower in Amsterdam. This building is intended to be one of the most energy-efficient residential buildings in the Netherlands. In collaboration with Klimaatgarant, he also set up Next NRG, working on the construction and exploitation of energy-neutral homes. His company’s own premises are also being tackled, with the equipment department’s accommodation currently being completely renovated and made gas-free. Daan holds several board positions in relation to sustainability, including membership of the board of DGBC.

Anneke de Vries, SVP Real Estate, Construction and Franchise, Albert Heijn

Anneke has been enormously inspiring in developing a vision and achieving results in the field of sustainability. With 2200 branches (shops and distribution centres) in the Netherlands and Belgium, Albert Heijn’s sustainability opportunities and impact are very great. What is unique is that Anneke is committed to making existing buildings more sustainable, which is far more challenging than optimising new ones. As the chair of the Dutch Green Building Council’s retail working group, she has ensured that work towards the vision for 2030 takes place jointly. That vision is defined by the retailers themselves, real estate owners, and various stakeholders within the real estate market. An inspiring example of designing Paris Proof together.

Ronald van der Waals, Fund Manager CBRE Dutch Office Fund, CBRE Global Investors

In 2008, Ronald van der Waals was one of the initiators of the Dutch Office Fund’s successful sustainable strategy. Ten years later, he is once again setting the bar high by requiring that the portfolio be completely neutral by 2035 without external aids. In Ronald’s view, sustainability goes even further, with the creation of healthy workplaces and a building’s positive social footprint also being important. The WTC in Utrecht, for example, will be the first building in the Netherlands to be awarded a WELL certificate. Besides achieving his own objective, he hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge together and to come up with new (technological) solutions that contribute to healthy and sustainable living environments.

More information
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Note for editors
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