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PRESENTATION OF GECINA GROUP

Gecina, a leading real estate group

Gecina owns, manages and develops property holdings worth 19.5 billion euros at end-august 2017, with nearly 92% located in the Paris Region. 

This real estate company's business is built around an economic division, including France's largest office portfolio, and a demographic division, with residential assets and student residences.

Gecina is a French real estate investment trust (SIIC) listed on Euronext Paris, and is part of the FTSE4Good, Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Stoxx and ASPI Eurozone® indices.

Gecina has incorporated sustainable innovation into its strategy and, in line with its commitments to the community, has created a company foundation which is focused on protecting the environment and supporting all forms of disability.

Gecina has built up a particularly strong position on student residence halls and is looking to develop a consistent, superior quality network to serve this market in France.

 

Responsible commitment to the community

Gecina's ambition is to create areas for living, working and exchanges guided by respect for people and a sense of balance, built around three dimensions - social, economic and environmental - through the company's corporate social responsibility policy.

 

Certified standards

Campuséa systematically targets environmental certification for its residence halls:

  • Habitat et Environnement certification (A class) and Effinergie + label for new builds
  • Patrimoine Habitat & Environnement certification and BBC energy efficiency label for redevelopments. It also targets the DPE label (B class*).

The residence halls are equipped using environmentally-friendly materials that are eco-certified and free from VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions.

 

For a "greener" day-to-day

Gecina has drawn up a set of specifications and construction standards for all its buildings, making it possible to achieve high standards for internal air quality and rainwater recovery systems.

Waste management is based on a selective sorting approach, combined with initiatives to raise awareness on what steps can be taken by residents. Shared gardens, in certain residence halls, are in place for residents who may be interested in this.

 

Ideas and actions

 

In line with its community commitments, Gecina is one of the members of the Palladio foundation, which supports young people by giving them the means to accomplish their projects relating to the real estate industry and urban and regional development. Gecina is also part of "Nos Quartiers ont des Talents" (Our neighborhoods have talent), an association that is working to promote equal opportunities.

 

Example of an outstanding development

The former office building at 80 rue Lecourbe, in Paris' 15th arrondissement, has been given a new life and transformed into a residence hall, guided by the architect Anthony Bechu, who has successfully maintained the building's spirit, while introducing a highly modern look and feel. On a green site, this project is committed to preserving and managing renewable natural resources: planted roof space, solar panels covering 50% of water consumption, patios to bring in natural light.

Conversion operation: from an office building to a green student residence for everyone

Drawing on its experience, and responding to the shortage of student accommodation, particularly in Paris, Gecina has sought to bring new life to office buildings that have become obsolete by transforming them into residence halls for students.

These conversions offer the additional benefit of smaller carbon footprints than demolitions. Indeed, existing structures can be reused, limiting the inputs in terms of materials and resources used.

They also offer opportunities to implement original and creative solutions, with specifications guided by environmental concerns: "green" developments, choice of materials, low environmental impact worksites.

 

 

Ideas and actions

In line with its community commitments, Gecina is one of the members of the Palladio foundation, which supports young people by giving them the means to accomplish their projects relating to the real estate industry and urban and regional development. Gecina is also part of "Nos Quartiers ont des Talents" (Our neighborhoods have talent), an association that is working to promote equal opportunities.