The DGNB Certification System differs from other assessment systems in its holistic, international approach and it can be applied internationally. Since the system can be easily adapted to climatic, structural, legal and cultural particularities in other countries, the DGNB is able to certify worldwide. Its high quality standards are maintained.
After Austria, Switzerland and Denmark, Spain is the fourth European country in which the DGNB has a system partner, actively managing DGNB certification locally. As a result, the network of European organisations is growing, carrying the measurable requirements of sustainable construction into the respective local markets.
Together with organisations from Denmark, France, Austria and Switzerland, the DGNB and GBCe launched a new European alliance for sustainable construction last year: the G17. The name G17 derives from the 17th United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, which emphasises the value of partnerships to achieve other sustainability goals.
Green Building Council Denmark
In summer 2011, more precisely on 29 June 2011, the Danish Green Building Council, DK-GBC for short, became the next DGNB system partner. In the end, the great similarity with Danish building culture as well as the flexibility and sustainability of the system made the difference.
Austrian Sustainable Building Council
On 1 June 2009, the Austrian Sustainable Building Council, or ÖGNI for short, officially became the first DGNB system partner. The system developed in Germany has in the same year been tested for the first time in a pilot project in Austria for country-specific building regulations and standards.
Swiss Sustainable Building Council
On 1 July 2010, Switzerland has opted for the DGNB system. Following the foundation of the Swiss Sustainable Building Council (SGNI), the official cooperation agreement with the DGNB has been signed on 22 July 2010.
Green Building Council España
On 11 July 2019, the Green Building Council España, or GBCe for short, became the fourth official DGNB system partner. The Spanish Council acts as a certification body for DGNB certified projects in Spain, with the overall aim of establishing a common European understanding of sustainable construction requirements.
Croatia Green Building Council
The DGNB and the Croatia Green Building Council (CGBC) signed a partnership agreement in Zagreb on 6 October 2021. The focus is on adapting the DGNB certification system to local requirements in Croatia. In addition, CGBC is to act as an independent certification body for local projects in the future. The two non-profit organisations also work closely together in the training of experts for sustainable building.