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Event Areas

Event areas make an important contribution to the attractiveness of a city. These areas are characterised in particular by building complexes that are temporarily visited by a high number of people. They can include sports and leisure facilities, exhibition areas or similar spaces. Such areas are part of the city. Sustainable planning of these areas is therefore also one of the central tasks of urban planning – but they have special requirements: Security and the environmentally friendly handling of visitor traffic are very important for example. The creation of synergies and, as far as possible, closed cycles within the area and the adjacent districts also plays a central role. The DGNB scheme for event areas provides support here as a planning tool.

Characteristics of sustainable event areas

  • Area as a source of inspiration for adjacent neighbourhoods
  • Contribution to climate action by reducing greenhouse gases over the entire life cycle
  • Use of the buildings and open spaces outside event times
  • Use of existing areas and redevelopment existing buildings
  • Low impact through construction and use (noise)
  • Energy and material cycles at the area level (circular economy) and use of healthy and recycled materials
  • High quality of stay and comfort for visitors and sportsmen/users
  • Open spaces and buildings adapted to climate change
  • Sustainable mobility options
  • Maximum use and production of renewable energies at the site and conservation of resources (e.g. by using rainwater)
  • High flexibility of buildings and freedom to meet changing requirements
  • Digital offerings for visitors with the aim of saving time and resources
  • Environmentally friendly packaging

Target group of the certification

The certificate is aimed at investors, sports clubs/sports associations, trade fairs and local authorities.

Advantages of certification

  • Holistic consideration of all relevant sustainability requirements
  • Planning reliability and clear definition of targets from the very beginning
  • Transparent and independent quality award (credibility)
  • Certification as part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy
  • Long-term quality assurance in planning, construction and operation
  • Building an image as an attractive and sustainable location
  • Communication of the project to the public and increase of acceptance
  • Risk minimisation
  • Contribution to the sustainability goals of the United Nations

Distinction from other schemes

The focus of the scheme is on larger event locations or building ensembles with open spaces and the corresponding infrastructure.


Dr. Stephan Anders
Director DGNB Certification
Phone: +49 711 722322-45
s.anders at dgnb.de

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Explained briefly - the DGNB System for districts