DGNB criteria "Procedure for urban and design planning"


Our objective is to create sustainable buildings that people will enjoy using for a long time. Sustainability and Baukultur* are mutually dependent and are inextricably linked. Against this backdrop, DGNB's objective is to improve the design quality of our built environment.

*Baukultur includes all elements of the built environment and goes far beyond the architectural design of buildings. It includes, for example, urban and town planning, transport and infrastructure planning by engineers and, in particular, integrated public art. As an extended concept of culture, the identity of the Baukultur is thus also based on the history and tradition of a country or region.


Planning competitions allow the building owner to identify the most suitable contractor and the design that best fits their requirements by means of a clear, structured and transparent process. The competitive aspect boosts design quality and allows the building owner to choose the most ideal solution from the wide range of solutions offered. The result of this design quality boost is a diverse built environment.

Indicators for evaluation

  1. Exploration of different design variants or planning competition

  2. Recommendations by an independent design committee

  3. Award in the form of an architecture prize


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 "Process quality":


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Karen Sternsdorff
Senior Consultant Certification Buildings
Phone: +49 711 722322-33
k.sternsdorff at dgnb.de


Markus Kelzenberg
Director Certification Body
Phone: +49 711 722322-75
m.kelzenberg at dgnb.de