Living and working spaces are growing ever closer together with increasing urbanisation. Sustainable districts are characterised today by a combination of resource-saving, energy-efficient construction and management with high-quality living standards – in the entire district and with long-term perspectives. This requires a forward-thinking, comprehensive and transparent planning process, and concepts which are designed for the future.
The DGNB urban districts scheme includes all areas relevant to sustainable building: from district structure, outdoor spaces, educational institutions, local amenities, cultural facilities and sustainable mobility to maintenance, upkeep and cleaning.
Local authorities are increasingly focusing on strategies for sustainable urban development. An important feature of sustainable business districts is their incorporation into the surrounding area to ensure a mixed development.
Approaches to improve the quality of public space amenities as well as child care and shopping for employees are as relevant for this scheme as life cycle assessment and life cycle costs.
Event areas make an important contribution to the attractiveness of a city. As these areas present specific challenges, security and environmental strategies for dealing with large numbers of visitors are given high priority.
The DGNB system for sustainable resorts is the first of its kind in the world. Until now, there have been scores of certificates that only revolve around how buildings are operated.
The Vertical Cities scheme makes the DGNB the only provider in the world to address the challenges presented by tightly packed groups of high-rise buildings. For the first time, a mixture of criteria has been pulled together to represent both buildings and city districts.
Dr. Stephan Anders
Director DGNB Certification
Phone: +49 711 722322-45
s.anders at dgnb.de
The added value that sustainable planning and implementation as well as certification offers has now been ascertained by a survey.Read more