Having passed exams in the German sustainable certification system, DGNB, as well as the American system, LEED, Martha Lewis has acquired specialized knowledge in sustainable architecture and the requirements for certifying green buildings. DGNB is being introduced as the official Danish standard in 2011, and LEED is the most wide-spread certification system in the US and the Middle East.
Only a few architects in Denmark are accredited LEED professionals, and just a handful architects worldwide have obtained both titles.
Martha Lewis has been employed at Henning Larsen Architects since 2003. Recently, she has been the project architect for Spiegel’s new headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The project has been pre-certified with a Gold Medal by the local certification system in HafenCity – in many ways a forerunner of DGNB.
”At Henning Larsen Architects, we have an emphasis on sustainable design. Therefore, it is extremely important that we know as much about the various certification models as possible”, says Martha Lewis. “Our projects are adapted to the certification standards around the world. In the Middle East, where we are working on several large-scale projects, LEED is the predominant standard. In Denmark, it will be DGNB and in Norway BREEAM and FutureBuilt.”
Martha is currently working on the detailed design of the new Novo Nordisk Corporate Centre in Denmark. In addition, Martha’s new accreditation is particularly advantageous for the work progressing on the Siemens Headquarters in Munich. This is one of the first projects in the world, which intends to achieve the highest rating in the LEED as well as the DGNB systems.