System Development at DGNB

Current developments of the DGNB System and your opportunities to participate

In close cooperation with our network, which represents the entire value chain of the building and real estate industry, we work continuously to integrate new developments into the DGNB System as early as possible and to drive innovation.

The DGNB welcomes feedback and participation in its new and further developments. Opportunities for participation can be open formats where anyone can participate, programmes for technical experts, or defined committee and expert groups. Here you will find an overview of the current system developments and your opportunities to participate and contribute. For more information on the content, the specific target group and contact persons, please click on the respective topic.

Please note that all DGNB Systems listed here are currently under development. It is not possible to provide a preliminary criteria set. Exceptions to this are DGNB Systems for which the annotation phase has already begun.

Ongoing System Developments

New development of a Certification System for small residential buildings

A new version of the DGNB System for small residential buildings will incorporate the content of the DGNB System for New Buildings, Version 2023, and fundamentally revise and develop the previous DGNB System for small residential buildings, Version 2013. The aim is to optimise and improve the application, particularly with regard to the German federal funding for efficient buildings (Bundesförderung für effiziente Gebäude (BEG)). The system will be applicable for both renovation projects and new construction of buildings.

Learn more (IN GERMAN) 

This system was in the annotation phase until 7 January 2024. The DGNB is now reviewing and evaluating all comments received and expects to publish the resulting market version in spring 2024. More information is available here (in German). 

There are currently no opportunities to contribute. We would like to thank all those who have contributed their expertise in workshops, committee meetings and during the comment period, and who have supported us in the development process.

Sustainable exhibitions

In order to strengthen the aspects of sustainability in the planning and implementation of exhibitions, we are currently developing a criteria set for museums that can be applied variably. The criteria set covers topics such as energy supply, circular resource planning and life cycle costs. Requirements relating to climate adaptation and biodiversity are also taken into account.

The criteria have been developed in collaboration with museums of different focus and orientation. The set of criteria is currently in development.

There are currently no opportunities to get involved. If you would like to contribute your expertise to our work or would like to get more information, please contact us.

Sustainable construction of infrastructure

The aim of this project is to develop a system for the transport infrastructure "Roads and Road Construction". Based on a first draft from the pilot phase completed in 2023, the existing criteria and associated methods will be further developed and the planning phase will be more closely integrated. Various schemes such as footpaths and cycle paths as well as urban and rural roads are planned.

The results of the pilot phase are currently being analysed and further processing is being planned.

There are currently no opportunities to get involved.

Evaluation system for existing districts (basic research)

A key task in achieving sustainability and climate action goals is the sustainable transformation of existing buildings. The DGNB is therefore considering developing a system for existing districts. In a series of workshops we would like to look at and discuss the framework (including challenges, potential customers, scope, process, added value of certification, training) of a possible system from different perspectives. The results will provide a basis for decisions on the possible further development of the system in 2024.

We will share insights from the workshop series and the next steps in a digital info event (in German) on 11 January 2024 from 11 am to 12 pm.

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The development project is currently in the pre-check (exploratory) phase.

There are currently no opportunities for participation. The exploratory phase workshop series has been completed.


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Your contact

Dr. Kathrin Quante

Manager System Development