The company cuts 50% of its electricity consumption every month through LED lighting.
BASF, which bills itself as the world’s leading chemical company, recently renovated its regional office in Jardine House, Central Hong Kong with various design features primarily aimed at conserving energy and enhancing closer employee collaboration.
“The new regional headquarters office has been designed with the well-being of its staff in mind, as well as the environmental benefits, which contribute to improved workplace satisfaction and productivity. As such, it contains a number of energy efficient design features such as open spaces, high energy and water efficiency, waste minimization and natural light that contribute to reducing the environmental impact in the workplace,” said Andreas Schweitzer, Head of Real Estate & Facility Management Asia Pacific in BASF.
The company’s new office houses around 700 employees and occupies an area of over 70,000 sq. ft. across 5 floors between 42/F and 46/F.
Andreas led the entire project with PDM international as the interior design consultancy for the project.
According to Andreas, the new office set up allows them to enable maximum daylight penetration. From almost anywhere in the building, the view is outstanding – natural daylight illuminates 80% of the interior. Moreover, with the use of LED lighting, 50% of electricity is saved on average per month.
“We believe that proper lighting enables better energy efficiency while the quality of lighting together with more open space in a workplace can have a significant impact on personal well-being and productivity at work. Modern furnishings and bright, open spaces make the regional headquarters a refreshing, energizing place to work. Thus, optimizing daylight penetration and the open space concept are equally important in achieving that,” said Andreas.
BASF operates with the tagline “We create chemistry for a sustainable future.” As such, Andreas said that their new office project is an example of BASF’s innovation in action as well as their fundamental commitment to sustainability.
BASF energy efficient office highlights
To show their commitment to sustainability at their new regional headquarters in Hong Kong, they want to maintain high standards of sustainability in their own operations by various means:
BASF’s portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. Their products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life.
The BASF regional headquarters oversees more than 16,000 employees at about 100 sites across Asia Pacific. BASF’s Hong Kong office also houses regional functional units including Human Resources, Finance & Controlling, Corporate Audit, Legal, Insurance & Real Estate, Strategic Planning & Business Development, Supply Chain & Procurement, and Corporate Affairs.
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