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.
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.
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The aim of the DGNB's framework for carbon-neutral buildings and sites is to make implementing the Paris Agreement achievable in the environment we build around ourselves and to enable this to be gauged on specific projects. In addition, application of this framework is intended to provide a reliable basis for making decisions regarding resource allocation for projects geared towards climate protection, in order to channel cost-efficient investments into future-proof buildings. Since July 2018 the framework is being tested so the next version will be created when sufficient results are available.