Environmental Social Governance

Buildings and especially residential properties shape our living spaces. Their environmental and social impact is diverse and long-term by nature. Studies of the UN environmental program have shown that the building sector is responsible for as much as 38% of global CO2 emissions. The knowledge about this impact obliges German American Realty (GAR) to act by implementing environmentally sustainable concepts in its management of residential properties. Furthermore, GAR strives to make social and ethical impact considerations a significant corner stone of its corporate and investment philosophy. The following examples illustrate GARs ESG implementation concept:


  • Investments in properties with reduced environmental impact and sustainable building materials
  • Assessment and optimization of energy and water consumption in properties
  • Certification of new residential developments
  • CO2 compensations for air travels. Sponsor of myclimate
  • GAR office spaces use green electricity


  • Dealing respectfully and professionally with all relevant share- and stakeholders
  • Social comittment and initiatives for our tenants through US partners
  • Focus on equal opportunity and diversity
  • Sponsor of „Kölner Grün Stiftung“
  • Sponsor of „Angel Tree“ Initiative/ USA

Governance / Unternehmensführung

  • Acting in accordance with GAR Groups Code of Conduct
  • Acting in accordance to the Rules of Conduct of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Increasing orientation of management and control processes towards ESG relevant aspects.
  • PRI course participation: „Getting Started in Responsible Investment“


German American Realty GmbH

Holzmarkt 1
D-50676 Cologne
Tel:  +49 221 40084 342


Legal notice

German American Realty GmbH
Holzmarkt 1
D-50676 Cologne

Tel.: +49 221 40084 342

District Court of Cologne HRB 91791

Managing Directors: Dr. Patrick Adenauer, Dr. Gisbert Beckers, Dr. Christoph Pitschke, Fabian Bauwens-Adenauer, Jens Lafrenz

Register of brokers ( Registration number: D-F-142-TGBI-68
VAT identification number: DE308090905
Investment broker with a licence according to §34f paragraph 1, sentence 1 no. 2 of the industrial code (GewO). Licencing authortity: IHK zu Köln, Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26, 50667 Köln.

Design and implementation

Herret von Haeften GmbH
Zippelhaus 3
D-20457 Hamburg


Unless otherwise indicated, all pages of this website are subject to copyright. This especially applies to texts, images and graphics, including their arrangement on the web pages.

Any reproduction or use of the material on this website (or parts thereof) in other electronic or printed publications and publications thereof (also online) requires prior consent from German American Realty GmbH.

Some images, graphics, text or other files may be wholly or partially subject to copyrights of third parties. In this respect, we list the following authors:

  • Photography U.S.A.: Mark H. W. Hiebert - San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • Photography U.S.A.: AA Bel Air Holdings LLC, 954 W. Washington Blvd., Ste. 415, Chicago IL 60607
  • Photography U.S.A.: Brad Bell,  3333 W. Hospital Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
  • Photography U.S.A.: De Vore Design LLC, 1280 102nd Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716
  • Visualization Farmers Market: LYND Development Partners - San Antonio, Texas; U.S.A.
  • Photography of start picture, background: f11photo / Vladitto / Peshkova /
  • Rendering Woodfield Reston: KTGY Architecture + Planning
  • Rendering Ablon at Harbor Village: HDEK Architects (formerly BGO Architects) – Addison/ Texas
Data Privacy Notice

I. Name and contact information of the controller

German American Realty GmbH
Holzmarkt 1
50676 Cologne, Germany
Tel: +49 221 40084 340

(hereinafter referred to as “we”)

Data Privacy Officer:

Hans-Peter Fries
Schloß Eicherhof
42799 Leichlingen

Telefone: +49 2175 1655-0

II. Provision of website and log file creation

1. Description and scope of data processing

Every time our website is accessed, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer accessing our system.

The following data is collected:

IP address of the Internet connection accessing our system
Browser type and version
Referrer URL
Date and time of server enquiry
Any files accessed and data volume transferred

The data collected is stored in our system log files for 7 days and subsequently deleted or masked, making it impossible to trace any information back to a specific user.

2. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for storage of IP addresses and other data (also in log files) is Art. 6 para. 1 (b) and (f) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

3. Purpose of data processing

Temporary storage of your IP address by our system is necessary to enable your computer to access our website. We need to store your IP address for the duration of the session for this purpose.

Data is stored in log files to ensure the functionality of our website. This data also helps us to optimize our website and ensure the security of our IT systems. Data is not analyzed for marketing purposes in this context.

Our legitimate interest in data processing lies in these purposes pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR.

4. Duration of data storage

User data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected. If data has been collected for the purpose of making our website accessible to users, that data will be deleted as soon as the session has ended.

User data that is stored in log files will be deleted as soon as its storage is no longer required (e.g. to determine misuse).

5. Right to objection and deletion

Data collection for providing website access and the storage of data in log files is absolutely necessary for operation of the website. As such, there is no right to objection.

III. Email/contact form

1. Description and scope of data processing

You can contact us through our website via email or by filling out our contact form. We will store any personal data you provide in both cases. The data contained in your email will not be transmitted to third parties.

2. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for processing data transmitted through our website (email/contact form) is Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR. If you are seeking to conclude a contract by contacting us through our website, additional legal regulations as specified under Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR shall apply.

3. Purpose of data processing

This data will only be used to process our correspondence.

4. Duration of data storage

Your data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected. Personal data transmitted via email will be deleted after our correspondence with you has ended. Our correspondence will be considered ended when there are apparent indications that the matter at hand has been resolved conclusively.

5. Right to objection and deletion

If you have chosen to contact us via email, you may object to the storage of your personal data at any time. Should you choose to do so, we will be unable to continue our correspondence.

To object, please contact us via the contact information provided under I above. Should you choose to object via telephone, you will be required to provide an identification document proving your identity.

Upon receiving your objection, we shall delete any personal data that was stored at the time of initial contact.

IV. Your rights

You have the following rights when it comes to your personal data processed by us:

1. Withdrawal of any consent given

You can withdraw any consent given to us at any time with effect for the future.

2. Obtaining information

You have the right to obtain information about the personal data we collect about you.

3. Correction and deletion

You have the right to correct any inaccurate or incomplete personal data pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR and to delete personal data pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR.

4. Restricting data processing

Pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, users can restrict the processing of their personal data.

5. Right to objection

You have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data by us for reasons arising from your particular situation, to the extent such objection is in compliance with Art. 6 para. 1 (e) or (f) GDPR.

6. Publication of data and data transfer

You have the right to receive from us any personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. You also have the right to request that we transmit such personal data at your instruction to another controller to the extent technically feasible. You may assert these rights free of charge. Please contact us should you wish to exercise these rights.

7. Right to lodge a complaint

Should you feel that we are not in compliance with our data privacy obligations, you can contact the responsible data protection supervisory authority at any time, e.g. the Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

V. Obligation to provide data

You are not under any legal or contractual obligation to provide personal data to us. However, data that is required for the provision of a service must be provided to us so that we can offer that service. Otherwise we will not be able to provide the service.

[Last updated: May 2022]

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