NürnbergMesse: Where the World Meets

July 23, 2020

IMAGE: NürnbergMesse / Heiko Stahl


Sustainability in all its forms is at the core of operations at NürnbergMesse, the company behind Nuremberg’s most outstanding conference venue.


Environmental sustainability


The company’s 3A exhibition hall, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, was the first hall in the world to be awarded Platinum certification by the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council). However, it was soon joined by the exemplary Hall 3C, designed by the same architects, which achieved a remarkable total compliance score of 90.5%. According to the DGNB, there is no other exhibition hall worldwide with standards comparable to those of Halls 3A and 3C.


IMAGE: NürnbergMesse / Heiko Stahl

One of the many stringent criteria on which the DGNB judges a building is the proportion of daylight in the overall lighting. Hall 3C has two fully glazed sides with a total glass surface of 3,000m2, and as evening draws in, energy-efficient LED lamps are there to take over. Sustainable materials, such as FSC and PEFC certified timber, were used wherever possible, and the use of low-emission, halogen-free materials with low SVHC concentrations is a contributor to the hall’s superb air quality. This is further enhanced by the hall’s mechanical ventilation system, which has a highly efficient heat recovery system with rotary heat exchangers, achieving energy savings of around 80%. During trade fairs, modern building management technology continually monitors and optimises energy consumption.

As for sustainable transport, the U1 line (nearly!) drops visitors at the door.



IMAGE: NürnbergMesse

Social and human sustainability


The company believes in investing in its staff—present and future—and their wellbeing. Their employees are offered discounted public transport, plus ongoing training and continuing education opportunities. It offers apprenticeships, and internships in partnership with universities, while the JUMP mentorship programme ensures the increasing number of female executives. Employee representatives have sat on the Supervisory Board since 2018. Flexitime, where possible, has been an option for staff for some time, and the company have also added opportunities for home office and mobile working options.


Visitors and exhibitors, and their inclusion, are equally important to NürnbergMesse. The company sought the help of City of Nuremberg's Council for the Disabled in the design phase of hall 3C and this helped them design an easily-accessible, barrier-free hall with high colour contrast signs and route layout, plus guidance systems for the blind. The company also took on board the recommendations of the Leben Pur Foundation and its Toilets for All project, installing WCs for people with disabilities on both levels of 3C. The suspended terrace over the exhibition space also provides a more sociable, intimate space, allowing visitors to escape the bustle of the exhibition floor and sit for a while in a quieter area.






Economic sustainability


The company takes corporate responsibility seriously, aware that across Germany, its own expenditure coupled with that of its exhibitors and visitors on items such as booth construction, transportation, accommodation and food, is worth around EUR 1.65bn—and creates 15,000 jobs. It strives for sustainability through responsible procurement and operations, and the centre’s caterer, Lehrieder, is Green Globe certified.





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