The specific requirements for DGNB Certification are set out in our criteria set, the DGNB System. There are several versions of the system. Which version of the DGNB System is relevant to your project depends largely on which phase of the life cycle your project is in and which scheme of building or district it is in.
Depending on the type of project, the basic structure of the certification system and the number of criteria to be taken into account can vary considerably. For example, while the DGNB System for New Construction of Buildings (Version 2018) uses up to 37 criteria from six topics, the DGNB System for Buildings In Use has only nine criteria from three topics.
The certification of New Construction or Renovation of Buildings differs according to the scheme. The specific criteria to be applied depend on the version of the respective system. Within a version available for several schemes, there are differences in the composition and weighting of the individual criteria.
|Educational buildings||Version 2023 New Construction, Version 2018 New Construction, International Version 2020 New Construction, International Version 2022 Renovation||About the scheme|
|Offices and administrative buildings||Version 2023 New Construction, Version 2018 New Construction, International Version 2020 New Construction, International Version 2022 Renovation||About the scheme|
|Department stores||Version 2023 New Construction, Version 2018 New Construction, International Version 2020 New Construction, International Version 2022 Renovation||About the scheme|
|Healthcare buildings||Version 2023 New Construction, Version 2018 New Construction, Version 2021 Renovation (currently only available in German)||About the scheme|
|Hotels||About the scheme|
|Small residential buildings (up to 6 residential units)||Version 2013 New Construction||About the scheme|
|Laboratory buildings||Adaption of Version 2020 New Construction International possible||About the scheme|
|Logistics buildings||About the scheme|
|Mixed use||About the scheme|
|Car parks||First application New Construction||About the scheme|
|Production buildings||About the scheme|
|Shopping centres||About the scheme|
|Sports halls||First application New Construction||About the scheme|
|Consumer markets||About the scheme|
|Assembly buildings||About the scheme|
|Residential buildings (more than 6 residential units)||About the scheme|
|Other uses||DGNB Flex||About DGNB Flex|
The DGNB System for the certification of districts has different schemes as well. There are also minor differences in the criteria to be applied and their weighting in the overall context of certification. Within the criteria, different requirements and evidence procedures are defined in some cases.
|Urban Districts||Version 2020||About the scheme|
|Business Districts||Version 2020||About the scheme|
|Commercial Areas||Version 2020||About the scheme|
|Industrial Sites||Version 2020||About the scheme|
The DGNB System for Buildings In Use can be applied across all uses. Of the schemes for which certification is possible in new construction, only small residential buildings, car parks and sports halls cannot be certified with this scheme. Nine criteria in three topics must be processed.
DGNB Certification for Interiors is currently available for the following schemes:
- Mixed Use
- other uses (DGNB Flex)
Depending on the scheme, the validity of the certification (between 5 and 10 years), the number of criteria and their weighting vary.
The DGNB System for Deconstruction differs significantly from the other versions of certification in several points. This applies in particular to the procedure and the objectives. What is the same, however, is the holistic sustainability approach in the weighting of the total of twelve criteria as well as the certification logic with gradations in platinum, gold and silver. The system version for the deconstruction of buildings can be applied regardless of use.
The DGNB System for Construction Sites differs fundamentally from all other versions of DGNB Certification. It is designed to be cross-use and cross-system, and can therefore be used for all types of construction site projects. The structure of the system with its five criteria follows the processes of a construction site. The holistic sustainability approach of the certification is only recognisable at second glance, as this is taken into account within the individual criteria. Furthermore, there is no gradation in the evaluation, but a uniform certification upon achievement of a minimum performance index.
System variant: Special civil engineering
In addition, the DGNB has developed a system variant specifically for the field of special civil engineering. The system is currently being applied to the first projects as part of the initial application and is undergoing final testing. Interested parties have the opportunity to actively participate with their projects.
Here you can find the current DGNB Certification Criteria Sets for download free of charge. To download the pdf documents, you only need to be registered in our digital network platform myDGNB.
If you need the criteria sets for the DGNB System for Construction Sites as well as the schemes of New Construction Small Residential Buildings, Laboratory Buildings or Sports Halls, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon request, we will send them to you.