Basics of Sustainable Building

Learn what sustainability in building means and how to implement it

The cornerstone of any sustainable building project is knowing what is relevant and purposeful in its implementation. In this compact course, you will learn the essential basics of sustainable construction, whether for individual buildings or for an entire district. The course will give you a compact overview of the various interrelationships and their interdependencies. In addition, we will show you concrete ways to implement sustainability in the construction industry.

The course is held in German.

With the DGNB System and practical modules, which build on the Basics of Sustainable Building course, you will deepen what you have learned and acquire the necessary know-how to be able to implement DGNB requirements for buildings and districts in practice.

Event details

  • Students
  • Job starters and young professionals
  • Experienced professionals who would like to acquire initial knowledge about sustainable building
  • Generally interested people who would like to know more about the topic of sustainability in the context of construction

In the compact course Basics of Sustainable Building, you will learn what sustainability means and which important sustainability goals are defined at the political level. You will learn about the ecological footprint of the construction industry and its impact on socio-cultural issues such as health, comfort and social mix. As 'sustainable' also means planning for the long term and the whole life cycle, aspects such as reusability and recyclability also play a role.

We will show you the fields of action and concrete measures you can take to put sustainability into practice on an environmental, economic and socio-cultural level, and compare different options. We will also introduce you to the basic structure and objectives of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and the DGNB System.

Topic 1: Sustainability and environmental protection in planning and building

The construction industry has a significant impact on the pressing environmental crises of our time. We need to rethink entrenched patterns to mitigate climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion, and adapt our built environment to changing conditions.

  • Current (environmental) crises and the impact of the construction industry
  • Definitions of sustainability, sustainability models and policy objectives
  • Conservation of resources
  • Environmental protection and climate change adaptation

Topic 2: Holistic planning and building

Sustainability is about more than environmental protection. The environmental, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability all interact with each other.

  • Holistic planning and building
  • Integral Planning
  • Design and social aspects
  • Health and user satisfaction

Topic 3: Life cycle-oriented planning

Life cycle-oriented planning and building helps to promote sustainability in a holistic way. The impact of design measures over the life cycle can be made visible and comparable through different accounting methods.

  • Pollutants and risk substances in the life cycle of buildings
  • Long-term adaptability and usability
  • Introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Introduction to  life cycle costing (LCC)
  • Insight into the DGNB Certification System

  • You will gain confirmed basic knowledge on the topic of sustainability in construction.
  •  You will understand what sustainability means and recognise the need for more sustainability in the construction industry.
  • You will gain an overview and understanding of relevant fields of action in sustainable planning and construction at building and district level.
  • You will understand the importance of holistic and life cycle-oriented planning to promote sustainability in the building sector.
  • You will gain an insight into the DGNB System.

You can choose from two different learning formats. We offer the Basics of Sustainable Building course as a live online event and as an on-demand course.

Following the compact course, you can take an optional 60-minute exam to confirm your basic knowledge of sustainability in construction. If you pass the exam, you will be awarded the title DGNB Registered Professional. This is also the first step towards becoming a DGNB Consultant. More information about the DGNB Registered Professional can be found here.

The examination consists of a total of 50 questions on the DGNB Compact Course Basics of Sustainable Building and is completed online. The questions are multiple choice. You must pass the exam with a score of at least 70 percent. If you do not achieve this on your first attempt, you can take a second attempt free of charge. The compact course and online exam are booked separately.

Exam duration

60 min. on one exam day

Event location



290 € for DGNB members / members of a Chamber of Architects

340 € for DGNB non-members

110 € for students*

Prices exclude VAT.
*Please enclose a valid certificate of enrolment with your application.

Please note: As the training and exam are in German, please switch to German language settings to make a booking.

Duration and event location

Option 1: Online (live)
2 seminar days (6 hrs. each plus breaks)

Option 2: On-demand (online learning platform)
One-month access to course content


450 € for DGNB members / members of a Chamber of Architects

590 € for DGNB non-members

330 € for students*

Prices exclude VAT.
*Please enclose a valid certificate of enrolment with your application.

Groups (from 10 persons)
For group bookings of 10 people or more, please contact us by email at

Please note: As the training is held in German, please switch to German language settings to make a booking.

You will receive a confirmation of participation from us, which makes your acquired knowledge transparent.

There are no admission requirements to be fulfilled.

  • Option 1: Online (live)

The event will take place online via GoToMeeting. You can conveniently log in with the dial-in link via the browser or the GoToMeeting app. You can participate via desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

We recommend using a PC or laptop with a camera, loudspeaker and microphone (alternatively: headset with microphone) as well as a stable internet connection. If you have problems with the audio quality, you can also dial in via a telephone.

You will receive your dial-in data two to three workdays in advance.

  • Option 2: On-demand (online learning platform)

With explanatory videos, text and interactive quizzes, our digital learning platform allows you to learn at your own pace and work through the content independently. Once booked, you will have access to the course from the first day of the booked month until the fifth day of the following month. We recommend that you allow approximately nine hours for the course. Our learning guides will guide you through the training in the videos. Collect any questions that arise and discuss them with other course participants and a DGNB expert in one of the live sessions.

You will receive your access details for the learning platform two to three working days in advance. You can access the learning platform with a standard internet browser. No download is required. Optionally, you can use the associated app to learn on the move.

Get to know the learning platform via our free demo course (in German).

  • Language of teaching

Online: German

On-demand: German incl. German subtitles

  • Recognition as further education and training

Online: This course will be submitted to the Chamber of Architects Baden-Württemberg and to the German Energy Agency (dena) for recognition as continuing education and training.

On-demand: no recognition as further education and training

  • Breaks

Online: 30-minute break in the morning, one-hour lunch break, 30-minute break in the afternoon

On-demand: free time management

  • Max. number of participants

Online: 100 participants

On-demand: no limitation

  • Registration deadline

One week before the event starts

Your contact

Maya Worm

E-Learning and Trainings