The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V.) was founded in 2007 by 16 initiators from various subject areas within the construction and real-estate sectors. The aim was to promote sustainable and economically efficient building even more strongly in future.
The reaction to the founding of the DGNB was extremely positive. By the beginning of 2008 121 organizations had already joined the DGNB. Today the association has more than 1,200 members throughout the entire world, because we see ourselves as a German and international knowledge platform. The members represent the entire value chain of the construction and real-estate sectors: architects, planners, the construction industry, investors and scientists bring their comprehensive know-how into the DGNB.
Sustainability is more than just a word for the DGNB: we understand sustainability as the obligation of the whole of society to shoulder responsibility for current problems such as climatic change and resource depletion instead of merely leaving them for future generations to deal with.
Sustainable building can make a crucial contribution to this: according to the German Ministry for the Environment, buildings account for roughly one third of the resources consumed in Germany and a similar proportion of carbon emissions and waste. Among other things, these figures can be systematically reduced through sustainable building.
We want to make the general public aware that a sustainable form of building is necessary and, above all, is possible. We attain this goal with a systematic transfer of know-how through events, media and the training of construction professionals to turn them into sustainability experts.
In our committees, scientists and practical workers cooperate closely in an interdisciplinary manner. Anyone can bring in their knowledge and supplement it with the technical expertise of others.
In its capacity as non-profit and non-governmental organisation the DGNB see it as its duty to serve the general public. Based on its articles of association it commits itself to promoting protection of the environment, health protection and sociocultural goals. The high quality standards for the design and usage of buildings are aimed at increasing the positive effects for society and nature as a whole and to minimise the negative ones.