Realstone attaches great importance to optimising environmentally-friendly processes and commits itself to observe the principles of sustainable development both in its day-to-day management of the company and in the establishment and management of real estate funds.
Real estate is the largest energy consumer, accounting for approximately 40% of CO2 emissions. The issue therefore has to be addressed if one is to reduce costs and save energy. In this context, Realstone now requires the ImmoLabel certification to all of its properties. This will allow Realstone to identify and define the best priorities and targets for all future improvements.
Additionally, the Realstone Swiss Property Fund has fully renovated the envelope of two buildings located in Puidoux, which are now certified to the MINERGIE® Renovation standard thanks to better insulation, triple glazing and a solar thermal installation to produce hot water.
In La Chaux-de-Fonds, Realstone SA participated in the establishment of a nursery and grocery shop in the Esplanade complex, which totals 300 apartments and is owned by the Realstone Swiss Property Fund. This also contributed to liven up the district and address a social issue, thereby responding to the community’s actual expectations.
Nurseries are likewise foreseen in districts currently under development in La Tour-de-Peilz (Domaine du Parc) and Sébeillon in Lausanne (Valouest) - two projects by the Realstone Development Fund.
In the long term Realstone aims to become a leading institutional real estate owner in the field of environmental management in Switzerland, while simultaneously maintaining its funds’ high performance. This involves deploying measures to contribute to energy savings and to raise tenants’ awareness in this field.