The certification fees cover the cost of all work carried out by the DGNB throughout the entire certification process. In addition to our fee, costs arise for the DGNB Auditors, which may vary depending on the project and the services performed. The following chart uses an example project to explain how the certification costs are compiled.
The fee rules for most of the schemes are changing effective 1 January 2018 to coincide with the introduction of the new version of the DGNB system for new buildings. The DGNB's aim in realigning fee arrangements is to place emphasis on certification at early stages of the planning process, which can be documented with pre-certification and when registering for full certification.
The main idea of the changes is that registration can be carried out for pre-certification and the main certificate at the same time, and this is reflected in one contract with one fee. 20% of which, as in the past, is due when registering the project (certification contract), a further 20% of the fee is due when documentation is submitted for the pre-certificate. The remaining payments are not linked to the process for applying for the pre-certificate, so they will be invoiced when documents are submitted for the main certificate.
To make the process more transparent, fees are being made more uniform across several schemes and individual stages are being extended, depending on the dimension of the project. The fee rules effective 2018 can be downloaded here (in german).
For further information please refer to the german website.