The Swiss Sustainable Building Council - SGNI was founded in 2010 and is a non-profit association. Its aim is the promotion of sustainability in real estate and the built environment in Switzerland throughout the entire life cycle - planning, construction, operation and use - as well as making it visible and measurable.
The members of SGNI are therefore equally planners, engineers, architects, facility managers as well as builders, investors and users. They work together in an interdisciplinary fashion to advance the sustainable transformation of the Swiss real estate industry for a sustainable future.
The Swiss DGNB Certification System of the SGNI is based on criteria developed by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The international DGNB standard is successfully applied worldwide in over 20 countries and in over 1000 large construction projects. The SGNI has been a system partner of the DGNB since 22 July 2010.
Since 2010, approx. 100 experts from Swiss companies and organisations have been involved in an honorary, official and collaborative capacity in the adaptation of the European criteria to Swiss standards. A big thank you to them for their efforts, which are a prerequisite for our progress in successfully developing and using the Swiss DGNB system of the SGNI.
Now we are able to certify DGNB office and service buildings, residential buildings and estates, commercial buildings and shopping centres as well as school buildings, laboratories and hospitals. In addition, existing buildings, modernizations and buildings in operation can also be certified. The adjustment of the criteria for portfolio analyses has also been initiated. We continiuously provide information on developments and new SGNI/DGNB standards via our website and newsletter.
SGNI also offers annual training courses in the above system and tools, in order to be a qualified SGNI/ DGNB consultant or auditor applying the Swiss DGNB Certification System.