The DGNB Certification System differs from other assessment systems through its holistic international approach – it is can be applied internationally. Since the system can easily be adapted to the climatic, constructional, legal and cultural peculiarities of other countries, the DGNB is in a position to certify worldwide. The aim of achieving high quality remains in place in all cases.
How to adapt the DGNB System?
The DGNB takes two different approaches to international certification:
- Local application together with a partner organisation
If a suitable partner organization has been established in a country, the DGNB can work in tandem with this organization to align the certification system even more closely with local requirements and the prevailing building culture – always in accordance with the DGNB quality requirements.
- Direct application of the DGNB System
For all countries in which there is no DGNB partner organization an international version of the DGNB Certification System is available. This international version is based on current European norms and standards.
Based on these, the criteria catalogue can be adapted in three steps to suit local circumstances. DGNB GmbH is responsible for the adaptation and the certification.
In addition, in many countries further training and education is organized for local sustainability experts. This is done both with local partner organizations as well as through Private Partnership Projects (PPP), e.g. in Brazil, China and Ukraine.