Life Cycle Assessment Compact Course

Learn how to use life cycle assessment to optimise the environmental impact of buildings.

Dates for the Life Cycle Assessment Compact Course (in German) are currently being planned. Please send a short email to if you would like to be kept informed of new dates.

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is needed to make the environmental impact of a building transparent and to identify areas for improvement. It enables a holistic assessment of the entire life cycle of a building, taking into account the different phases from production and use to end of life.

In the Life Cycle Assessment Compact Course, we present practical applications for the use of Life Cycle Assessment. You will learn how to calculate and optimise the environmental impact of buildings throughout their entire life cycle, independent of the use of specific accounting tools.

The course is held in German.

While Life Cycle Assessment has always been used as a method in the context of DGNB Certification, it has now also been made mandatory in the funding programme "Klimafreundlicher Neubau" of the German federal funding for sustainable building (BEG). Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment is a prerequisite for building owners to be eligible for funding. As a result, there is an increasing demand for trained professionals, and this course will open up new opportunities for architects, energy consultants and other planners.

Event details

  • (Specialist) planners who want to minimise the environmental impact of buildings using life cycle analysis
  • Energy efficiency experts who would like to expand their knowledge of life cycle assessment, which is additionally required for the German funding programme "Klimafreundlicher Neubau" (calculation of the required values for the Life Cycle Assessment according to QNG)
  • DGNB Consultants or DGNB Auditors who wish to specialise in Life Cycle Assessment or, in particular, support the implementation of the DGNB criterion ENV1.1 "Building life cycle assessment" as an expert in certification projects

Seminar day 1:

  • Relevance and methodology of Life Cycle Assessment of buildings
  • Overview of current regulations or funding conditions and understanding of the data basis for Life Cycle Assessment
  • Application of life cycle analysis for material and component comparisons

Seminar day 2:

  • Application of life cycle analysis for example buildings incl. differences in assessment and calculation steps between residential and non-residential buildings
  • Application of life cycle analysis in the early planning phases for comparison of variants to optimise building planning
  • Overview of different tool providers for the calculation of life cycle assessments

Seminar day 3:

  • Exercises for independent calculation and interpretation of results
  • Comparison of the accounting rules according to DGNB and QNG
  • Overview of higher-level standards such as the reporting framework Level(s) and the EU Taxonomy as well as common ISO standards
  • Limits of the accounting methodology and benefits of LCA for renovation and building operation
  • Opportunities and possibilities of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Life Cycle Assessment

  • You will understand the relevance, the basics and the various possible applications of LCA and gain the skills to independently prepare LCAs for different applications.
  • As a planner, you will strengthen your argumentation and decision-making skills in the planning process and be able to use LCA to advise clients in their decisions.
  • Through independent exercises, you will apply your newly acquired knowledge directly in practice and internalise the handling of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and possible tools as well as the use of environmental indicators in databases.
  • You will get a neutral overview of the common accounting tools and their advantages.
  • You will be able to critically reflect on and compare different environmental impacts and scopes of consideration.
  • You will be prepared for the application of the DGNB criterion ENV1.1 "Building life cycle assessment" as part of the DGNB Certification (Version 2018 and Version 2023) as well as for the verification of the special QNG requirements.

At the end of the compact course, you have the option of taking a 30-minute examination in order to be listed in the DGNB expert search with your expertise in LCA. Recognition of this qualification for the federal funding programmes is already being coordinated.

The examination consists of a total of 27 questions on the DGNB Life Cycle Assessment Compact Course and is taken online. The questions are multiple choice. A score of at least 70 percent is required to pass the exam. If you do not achieve this in the first attempt, you can take a second attempt free of charge.

Admission requirements: The exam can only be taken after attending the course. You must also have at least one year's relevant work experience to be admitted to the exam.


30 min. on one exam day

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110 € for DGNB members / members of a Chamber of Architects

160 € für DGNB non-members

Prices exclude VAT.

Examination dates


3 seminar days (8 x 90 min. in total)
additionally up to 2 x 120 min. for independent work on exercises

Event location



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.

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. This makes the knowledge you have acquired transparent.

There are no admission requirements to be fulfilled. You do not need any prior knowledge of the DGNB System or Life Cycle Assessment

Only if you want to take the optional exam, you must have at least one year's relevant professional experience.

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.

  • DGNB further education points for obtaining the licence

8 further education points

  • Information

In the first teaching unit of seminar day 1, extracts of the DGNB System Module 3 are repeated to create a uniform knowledge base for all participants.

  • Language of teaching


  • Recognition as further education and training

This course has been registered with dena and the Chamber of Architects Baden-Württemberg for recognition as continuing education and training.

  • Breaks

Lunch break between the teaching units

  • Max. number of participants

40 participants

  • Registration deadline

4 workdays in advance

Your contact

Maresa Schmid

Director DGNB Academy