Kay Killmann

Managing Director, GBCI Europe
Kay Killmann is founder and President of the German Green Building Association (GGBA), a non-profit advocating the LEED benchmark in Germany and throughout Europe. Kay represents Germany at the LEED International Round Table and collaborates extensively with his regional counterparts to ensure LEED’s successful integration into European code and building practices.

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 serve GGBA’s diverse member base of consultants, developers and manufacturers. His activities in sustainability education range from developing and teaching professional programs at University of Salzburg and Technical Academy of Wuppertal, to implementing Green Apple Day for Bavarian grammar schools.

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 reduce' 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."