DGNB criteria "Local environment"


Our objective is to protect the building and its users from the impact of negative environmental influences and extreme events, and to improve the resilience of buildings to any influences that might be present in the local environment.


Natural hazards arise depending on the geographical conditions of the site. The intensity and frequency of these hazards generally cannot be changed and are hard to predict. This makes it all the more important to classify them correctly and to compensate for or to eliminate any potential adverse effects for the people in and around the building. Taking into account the likelihood and potential severity of each of these occurrences at the planning stage reduces the cost of any retrofitting work that might be necessary. Resilient buildings that are tailored to their environment are sustainable in many aspects.

Indicators for evaluation

  1. Earthquake

  2. Volcanic eruption

  3. Avalanches

  4. Storm

  5. Floods

  6. Heavy rain

  7. Hail

  8. Landslide/subsidence

  9. Storm surge/tsunami

  10. Extreme climates

  11. Forest fires

  12. Air quality

  13. Outdoor noise

  14. Radon


Contribution to high-priority sustainability goals


Source of the „Sustainable Development Goals"-icons: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/news/communications-material/

The other criteria of the topic "Site quality":


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Angelika Bandke
Senior Consultant Serial Certification
Phone: +49 711 722322-44
a.bandke at dgnb.de