Head of LEED in Europe – GBCI’s Kay Killmann

Kay Killmann is Managing Director of GBCI Europe, focusing on promoting LEED & Arc and its successful integration into European’s real estate industry. He collaborates extensively with other European GBCs, building and strengthening relationships as well as local LEED knowledge.

Having worked for over 15 years as an architect and consultant in the US, UK and Germany, Kay leverages his depth of professional experiences in building certification, construction and design to engage GBCI Europe’s diverse stakeholders. His activities in sustainability education range from developing and teaching professional programs at Universities to implementing the Green Apple Day program at Bavarian grammar schools.

Kay is also the co-founder of the German Green Building Association (GGBA), a non-profit established in 2012 and advocating LEED and other GBCI benchmarks in Germany and the DACH region.

Kay earned an engineering degree in architecture from the University of Applied Science at Aachen, Germany. Curiosity, and a bit of wanderlust, led him to California where he gained invaluable architecture experience. In 2006, Kay eagerly embarked on the LEED path, grateful to have found a career match for his sustainability passion.

He grew up in East Germany, a utopia for sustainability where a shortage of basic goods meant ‘reuse and recycle’ was the everyday way of life. Kay is working hard to bring those principles back to society – without the oppressive political regime. His sustainability efforts extend far beyond the office. He is an avid bike commuter, up-cycler, urban gardener and diligent father constantly reminding his kids to “turn off the lights.”

Show Highlights

  • Becoming a member of the international round table.
  • How GBCI Europe, grows to support programs, tools and certifications?
  • Kay advocates for all the great programs and their benefits to specific projects. 
  • GGBA became a strategic green building partner with these tips.
  • Putting yourself in positions of luck.
  • Certifications that support Europe’s highly competitive market.
  • The urban tools for cities and communities.
  • LEED for cities has a framework and communities scorecard to measure social aspects.

“A single building is one thing, but having an entire framework overlaid across an urban development, be it a new one or an existing one. That’s where we can have much more of an impact. This is really starting to grow and it’s fun!”

-Kay Killmann 

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