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Industrial Sites

The industrial sites of individual companies are also increasingly coming under the spotlight in the sustainability debate. For many companies, the importance of sustainability issues is also increasing within the framework of a more comprehensive sustainability strategy. However, the design and optimisation of individual buildings falls short here. Sustainable industrial sites are more than the sum of their buildings. In addition to questions of climate action, adaptation to climate change, sustainable mobility and logistics, etc., networking within and with neighbouring districts also plays an important role for industrial sites. A central goal here is to create synergies and, if possible, closed cycles. In addition, concepts for dealing with energy, water and waste are just as important as those for improving quality of life and childcare. The DGNB scheme for industrial sites provides support here as a planning tool.

Characteristics of sustainable industrial sites

  • Contribution to climate action by reducing greenhouse gases over the entire life cycle
  • Establishment of energy and material cycles at the site level (circular economy)
  • Adaptation to climate change and promotion of biodiversity
  • High quality of stay for employees and visitors
  • Sustainable mobility options
  • Resource and cost savings through a holistic view of the relevant factors at the site and the use of technical systems (smart infrastructure)
  • Maximum use and generation of renewable energies at the site
  • Use of roof areas (greening, photovoltaics)
  • High flexibility of construction sites, buildings and open spaces

Target group of the certification

The certificate is aimed at companies and the business development authorities in municipalities.

Advantages of certification

  • Contribution to product and corporate strategy
  • Transparent and independent quality award
  • Building an image as a sustainable location
  • Communication of the project to the public and increase of acceptance
  • Long-term quality assurance in planning, construction and operation
  • International applicability and comparability of locations
  • Contribution to the sustainability goals of the United Nations
  • Holistic consideration of all relevant sustainability requirements
  • Process of certification as a basis for the development of company-wide sustainable planning and construction standards
  • Risk minimisation, among other things by avoiding substances potentially hazardous to health
  • Increased attractiveness of the location for existing and future employees

Special features of the scheme

The scheme should support the planning and construction of attractive and at the same time resource-conserving industrial sites. In addition to the quality and resource requirements of the buildings, the scheme also takes into account open spaces, infrastructure and the surrounding area. These factors have a decisive influence on the quality and performance of an industrial site and define the framework for sustainable development and use. In addition, this scheme also considers planning and production processes.

Distinction from other schemes

The focus of the scheme is on private production or development sites. In contrast to the other schemes for districts, the qualities of the buildings (including workplace comfort, pollutants, etc.) are also included more strongly in the evaluation of industrial sites. However, the buildings themselves do not have to be individually certified for site certification.


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