As the first multi-functional hall of the Federal Capital, the Max-Schmeling-Halle has been honoured with the internationally recognized Green Globe certification for sustainability and takes up the position of one of the pioneers in Germany. “Green Building” and the sustainability factor are becoming increasingly important in the management of event houses. The Velomax Berlin Hallenbetriebs GmbH recognized this early on and implemented the required measures. “In particular, using intelligent management tools, we were able to sensitize our employees about the issue of sustainability”, said Sally Julian Rothholz, managing director of Velomax Hallenbetriebs GmbH. “We made sure that we operate the technical facilities in a resource-efficient manner as well as dealing with energy and waste sustainably.
These measures include the use of daylight instead of artificial lighting or waste separation and reduction in the event area and in the offices. All employees contribute every day so that the Max-Schmeling-Halle continues to be as green as it is now!”
During the certification process the Max-Schmeling-Halle was able to maily score due to its architecture of the “Green Bridge”, a link between Eastern and Western Berlin that offers excellent connections to public transport. Another important reason for the award is the photovoltaic system on the leafy hall roof – it is Europe's largest solar power system on a public building. The construction, which put the Berlin Velomax Hallenbetriebs GmbH in the headlines some time ago, uses solar cells which completely convert part of the solar radiation into emission-free electrical energy. Other structural features, such as the north-facing glass facade and the use of a cogeneration plant played a major role in the audit. The Max-Schmeling-Halle fulfils the social sustainability criteria due to its characteristics as a community-based multi-purpose arena: it provides enough space for both day-care, school, club as well as for competitive sporting functions on the inside, outside the sealed forecourt is used for recreational activities such as Inline hockey or squash by the general public.