DGNB Reports

DGNB Reports

Whether flyers or brochures: Find here all publications of the DGNB free of charge to order as a PDF or as a printed copy.

For DGNB members and DGNB Auditors, the publications are available for download in the internal area.

Climate positive: now!

The publication "Climate positive: now! " shows how every building can make a contribution to climate protection and offers assistance in the form of pragmatic and practical implementation. It provides more detailed background information on why the construction and real estate sector plays a central role in climate protection and why a paradigm shift is needed in the way we treat our buildings. In addition, areas of action are named that have a significant influence on making buildings climate-neutral.

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The added value offered by certified buildings

For occupants, but also for building owners and investors, sustainable buildings offer a myriad of benefits – from avoiding hazardous materials to achieving lower incidental costs while the building is in use, plus long-term value retention on the building.

For the first time, a survey has now been conducted to explore why such factors are important for building commissioners and to examine the experiences they had when gaining DGNB certification.

To do this, a questionnaire was written as part of a supervised student thesis at the University of Maastricht. It was then sent to clients who had commissioned DGNB building certification in the past.

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Circular Economy

In recent years the term "circular economy" has become more widespread and has also become a relevant topic in construction. The concept upon which the circular economy is based has great potential: The availability of resources should be ensured for future generations through their appreciation, as well as reuse and recovery. The circular economy is therefore an elementary building block of sustainability and it transfers sustainability to society and its individual sectors.

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Liveable and fit for the future

We spend up to 90 percent of our time in buildings. We live, learn and work in them, we have contact with our fellow humans, seek shelter from external influences, and in the best case they provide us with space for recuperation. Yet, do people really take account of this central role during the design of buildings or their conversion? This publication creates a bridge: Between the designers and architects with their ideas and their expert knowledge on the one side, to the people who have the responsibility of making sure that employees and customers, residents and guests, students and school pupils, have an adequate working, living, and learning environment.

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The cost traps of refrigerants

In order to design and build for the future, DGNB wanted to inform building owners and planners about the use of refrigerants and organised an information event in June 2018 in Berlin. The results of the event are summarised in this publication.

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Added value of certified districts

The DGNB can certify urban districts, business districts, vertical cities, resorts and open event areas. The DGNB is also the world's only provider of certifications for industrial sites. The added value that sustainable planning and implementation as well as certification offers has now been ascertained by a survey. The study was developed as a part of a thesis at the University of Biberach, for which questionnaires were sent to all of DGNB's current and former clients, DGNB auditors and participating planners.

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Framework for "carbon-neutral buildings and sites"

"With the framework we want to make a decisive contribution to make the global climate protection goals manageable for the most diverse decision-makers in the construction and real estate industry," says Dr. Christine Lemaitre, Managing Director of the DGNB. "If we want to change the fundamentals by 2050, we must starting now. A reliable framework that provides guidance on how to reduce CO2 emissions continuously, to the extent necessary, is essential."

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Life Cycle Assessments - a guide on using the LCA

These guidelines aim to promote the increased use of life cycle assessments in the planning process, by demonstrating the relevance and potential of this tool. Designers and building contractors are additionally provided with arguments for employing these methods as an optimisation tool as early as possible in the planning and implementation process, and the sustainability effects that can be achieved as a result of this are emphasised. Furthermore, the reader is presented with examples of how the results of life cycle assessments are communicated and can serve as supporting arguments for making more environmentally sensible decisions in the course of the planning process.

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Felix Jansen
Director PR, Communications and Marketing
Phone: +49 711 722322-32
f.jansen at dgnb.de

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