Investing in green buildings

The ALDI SOUTH Group expends considerable effort to ensure that the impact it has on the climate and the environment is reduced, particularly when it comes to constructing new buildings. We are guided in our efforts by both national and international standards for sustainable building. In 2010 Hofer was the first Austrian company to become a corporate partner in the European Commission’s GreenBuilding Programme. As of 2015, 143 of Hofer’s stores already met its standards, and all new stores in Austria are built according to these standards.

In Germany, ALDI SOUTH builds all new stores based on the silver standard of the German Sustainable Building Council. The new administration building in Mülheim an der Ruhr meets the LEED standard of the U.S. Green Building Council. Furthermore, together with the Fraunhofer Institute, we have implemented an innovative new building-energy concept in a research store in Rastatt. The store makes use of thermal insulation, daylight lighting, lighting regulation, efficient cooling equipment, heat recovery, and, most notably, a geothermally supported heating and cooling system.

Other national organisations also build according to recognised standards. Several stores in the UK were constructed in line with the BREEAM standard. In the USA two stores were constructed according to the Green Globe standard and one according to LEED. In Australia, there is no suitable building standard for our stores available. As a result, we have been working with the Green Building Council since 2012 to develop a catalogue of criteria and evaluation instruments for stores there. The first construction project is planned to begin in 2016.