Sep 24 2008

Dassault Systemes Launches “Green” Global Headquarters

Innovative Campus Geared Up to Receive the First HQE Exploitation Label

Vélizy, France, September 24, 2008- Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the launch of its new “green” global headquarters “Dassault Systèmes Campus,” with employees moving to the campus starting early November.   Dassault Systèmes Campus has earned the French HQE  (High Quality Environment) label and is positioned to earn the first HQE Exploitation label once available.  

Starting in 2009, the HQE Exploitation label will help French businesses manage their facilities based on strict sustainable development and environmental requirements.  Currently only the facility designers and constructors are required to follow HQE standards.  

For its global campus’s design and construction, Dassault Systèmes earned an HQE High Performance score in five environmental target areas versus the three required by the label.  Dassault Systèmes surpassed requirements to include facility management standards for the upcoming HQE Exploitation certification.  Examples include:   
•    Energy Efficiency— Dassault Systèmes Campus maximizes renewable energy sources throughout its facility of four buildings covering 57,000 square meters.  
o    Computer Servers:  A software research and development company, Dassault Systèmes possesses a significant amount of computer servers; the company will harness heat generated by their usage to warm 70 percent of the facility’s hygienic air on the coldest days (-7° exterior temperature).  
o    Lighting:  Dassault Systèmes will economize 30 percent of the energy required to light the campus by using a combination of photovoltaic solar panels, motion and natural light detectors, as well as highly efficient lighting components.  For example, compared to fluorescent lights, the selected lamps are 30 percent superior.  Compared to incandescent lamps, they are five times more efficient and have life spans 12-15 longer.   
o    Maintenance: A centralized computer control panel monitors the campus’ energy consumption, and in case of overuse will detect the location of leaks and breakdowns for quicker repair and energy savings.  
•    Respecting the Natural Environment— Dassault Systèmes Campus sits adjacent to Meudon Forest, providing its employees direct walking and biking paths into the woods.  Dassault Systèmes has planted indigenous flora on the campus itself, and is developing plans to help preserve the forests’ biodiversity.
•    Low Carbon Construction— An on-site cement mixer produced the daily equivalent to that of 100 cement trucks, reducing noise pollution and close to 30 percent in carbon gas emissions directly linked to the avoided transportation.  
•    Workplace Wellbeing—Measures taken to promote employee health and wellbeing include:
o    Air quality: Each meeting room is equipped with a carbon gas detector that will activate fresh air circulation in function of the amount of people in the room.  o    Nutrition: Employee restaurants will have menus based on organic products; fair trade coffee will be served on campus.
o    Fitness:  Onsite workout facilities and equipment will include a gym, tennis courts, skate park, outdoor bicycles and individual showers.  
o    Services:  Employees will benefit from an online carpooling system and an onsite concierge and bakery.

Thanks to these and other innovative efforts, Dassault Systèmes will reduce its corporate environmental footprint.  Continuing in this dynamic, Dassault Systèmes will soon undergo a carbon emission evaluation run by Action Carbon, a non-profit program to combat climate change.  

“One of our key missions is to help customers create innovative products for a better environment through Dassault Systèmes’ 3D and PLM solutions.  Mirroring this objective, our innovative campus has been designed and constructed in respect and harmony with the environment. We are confident that this global collaborative platform will provide workplace performance and wellbeing for our employees, partners and guests,” says Laurence Dors, senior executive vice president, Global Development and Resources, Dassault Systèmes