In 2009 the DGNB System was developed. The certification system offers a planning and optimisation tool for evaluating sustainable buildings and urban districts. It was developed to help organisations enhance the tangible sustainability of construction projects.
The DGNB System is based on the concept of holistic sustainability, placing equal emphasis on the environment, people and commercial viability.
It is used worldwide and is considered the most advanced of its kind. With methods such as the life cycle assessment, DGNB remains a pioneer among global certification systems.
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The DGNB System for Buildings in Use is designed as a transformation and management tool that supports building operators, owners and users in the development of a sustainable and climate action-oriented real estate strategy. By systematically considering all relevant information about the building and its characteristics, the usage situation and the real consumption data, the system helps to create transparency and identify optimisation potential. This minimises risks and increases investment security.
The DGNB "Climate Positive" award can be awarded to buildings that are demonstrably carbon-neutral based on their real consumption data. It rewards buildings - regardless of their type of use - that already do more today through their carbon-neutral operation and thus make a positive contribution to the climate reversel and energy revolution. Therefore the building-specific CO2 balance is considered. This always refers to the specific year under consideration. The Climate Positive award can only be granted within the framework of DGNB Certification for Buildings in Use. For this, the building must have been in operation for at least one year.
The DGNB Navigator provides fully comprehensive information on construction products and their sustainability. This online database acts as a bridge between the information supplied by manufacturers and the information demanded by architects and planners. It gives guidance on the impact of building products currently undergoing certification. An English-language version and consideration for ISO standards make the Navigator internationally applicable.
The vision of the DGNB Academy is a more sustainable built environment. It provides professionals with precise tools and up-to-date knowledge to strengthen their skills through flexible and well-structured educational programmes. At present there are about 3.100 qualified DGNB auditors, consultants and registered professionals in 35 countries across the globe. The DGNB Academy offers excellent learning opportunities to obtain expertise in the DGNB System and to explore current approaches to sustainable development.