Hanover, 19 February 2019

Sustainable building award: ROBINSON Club Jandia Playa in Fuerteventura receives DGNB platinum certificate

At the beginning of December 2018, ROBINSON Club Jandia Playa in Fuerteventura – one of the 23 clubs of TUI’s premium brand ROBINSON – reopened after a construction and refurbishment phase of several months. The "torre“, the club’s renewed landmark building, is the first international hotel outside Germany to have been awarded the highly coveted DGNB platinum certificate. At a total performance index of 82.5% relating to DGNB’s criteria, the resort was rated number four among the best hotels in the world and number one overall on the 2018 "hotel buildings“ list.

State-of-the-art energy saving technology for the popular club
The numerous sustainability measures implemented in the new "torre“ building include, for instance, a special thermal ceiling system to provide silent, draughtless cooling or heating for the rooms. Moreover, the special insulating glazing creates a perfect balance between light transmission and sun protection and prevents heat losses in the winter. The hydrothermal system based on high-performance water-source heat pumps ensures the combined generation of hot water with a temperature of up to 90 degrees and sufficient residual cold to cover the cooling requirements for the kitchen, cooling chambers and rooms.

Platinum certification for the "torre": Top score for overall performance
The German Sustainable Building Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB e.V.) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation set up to develop and promote approaches and solutions for the sustainable planning, construction and use of buildings. Instead of rating individual measures, the DGNB certification system assesses the overall performance of a building. If the criteria are fulfilled in an outstanding way, an existing building can receive a platinum, gold, silver or bronze certificate. The DGNB system is a comprehensive benchmark for sustainability including all key aspects of sustainable construction: environmental, economic, socio-cultural and functional quality, technical, process and site quality. Each of these six areas comprises a different number of criteria, which are assessed in the framework of the certification process. In order to qualify for a platinum certification, the hotel has to exceed a performance of 65% for each individual criterion and a total performance of more than 80%.

The new "torre“ building at ROBINSON Club Jandia Playa achieved the following rating in the six quality areas:

Weighting: Quality area: Rating
22.5% Environmental quality 89.5%
22.5% Economic quality 84.7%
22.5% Socio-cultural and functional quality 76.0%
15% Technical quality 77.5%
12.5% Process quality 87.9%
5% Site quality 74.5%
100% TOTAL 82.5%


TUI’s sustainability strategy also embraces sustainable construction
ROBINSON Club Jandia Playa thus contributes to delivering TUI Group’s sustainability strategy “Better Holidays, Better World“. Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Group Executive Committee of TUI Group in charge of the global sustainability strategy, was presented the platinum certificate for the hotel: “TUI’s sustainability strategy embraces the entire value chain of holiday experiences. The award shows that sustainability engagement starts long before the first guest checks in. For instance, in the planning, construction and interior design of new hotels and the design of the gardens. The refurbished and renewed ROBINSON Club Jandia Playa is a showpiece for sustainable construction in tourism and confirms our comprehensive engagement in the framework of TUI’s sustainability strategy. The club located in Fuerteventura was the birthplace of ROBINSON’s success story. Today, it is setting standards for sustainable construction in the hotel sector.” Sustainability is one of the cornerstones of ROBINSON’s philosophy. For many years, TUI’s subsidiary ROBINSON has, for instance, embraced modern environmental management and alternative energy production and saving methods.

A piece of tourism history is setting new standards
The distinctive "torre", the multi-storey landmark building at ROBINSON Club Jandia Playa, is a milestone in the history of tourism in Fuerteventura. In the 1970s, the resort was one of the first tourist hotels on the coast of Morro Jable. Nearly 50 years later, the Canaries have become a trending destination. With the new ‘torre’ building, ROBINSON has set new standards. The guests will enjoy comprehensive comfort across ten storeys with 114 spacious double rooms, 26 suites and a rooftop bar with infinity pool.

About Robinson

ROBINSON is a premium brand and leader of resort vacations, offering a unique holiday experience in 25 resorts in fourteen countries with a capacity of around 15.100 beds. By providing outstanding entertainment and competent, creative childcare as well as, a wide range of locally sourced fresh cuisine prepared by premier chefs, new trend sports and activities, ROBINSON Club is the ideal holiday choice for families, couples and single travellers.

About TUI Group

TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 250 index and in the German open market.

In financial year 2019, TUI Group recorded turnover of around €19bn and an operating result of €893m. The Group employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. TUI offers its 28 million customers, including 21 million customers in European national companies, integrated services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises more than 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson as well as 18 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading European tour operator brands, five airlines with 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft and 1,600 travel agencies. Apart from the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises and destination activities, TUI is increasingly investing in digital platforms. The Group is transforming as a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, promotes the positive effects of tourism, education and training as well as environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus contributes to the development of the holiday destinations. TUI Care Foundation, operating around the world, initiates projects creating new opportunities for the next generation.