As part of the DGNB Certification, in some countries we work with local DGNB System Partners. These offer a version of the DGNB System that is fully adapted to local conditions, language and legal requirements. The DGNB System Partners work independently and carry out the conformity check on site.
Founded in 2009, the Austrian Sustainable Building Council (ÖGNI) became the first official DGNB System Partner on 1 June 2009. It is a non-governmental organisation for the establishment of sustainability in the construction and real estate industry.
The goal of the ÖGNI is to demonstrate the added value of building certification in order to create environmentally and resource friendly buildings with high economic and social efficiency, which can be used flexibly over generations and have a positive impact on the health, well-being and performance of the users. The ÖGNI is the only Austrian association that is an "established member" of the World Green Building Councils and strives to strengthen the European quality certificate on an international level.
The Green Building Council Denmark (DK-GBC) is a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable building in Denmark. The Green Building Council Denmark has been a DGNB system partner since 29 June 2011.
DK-GBC is a network of stakeholders who want to improve the sustainability of the built environment in Denmark. With its diverse membership (divided into companies / organisations / individuals), it represents the opinions of current and future industry leaders who are looking for change.
The Swiss Sustainable Building Council (SGNI) was founded in 2010 and is a non-profit association with the aim of promoting the sustainability of real estate and the built environment in Switzerland along the entire life cycle of planning, construction, operation and use, as well as making it visible and measurable. The members of the SGNI are therefore equally planners, engineers, architects, facility managers as well as building owners, investors and users. They work together on an interdisciplinary basis to promote the sustainable transformation of the Swiss property sector towards a sustainable future.
The SGNI has been a DGNB System Partner since 22 July 2010. Since 2010, around 100 experts from Swiss companies and organisations have been working on a voluntary and collaborative basis to adapt the European-oriented criteria to Swiss instruments and standards.
The Green Building Council España (GBCe) is an internationally recognised organisation that brings together the main stakeholders in the Spanish building sector: experts from industry, the real estate sector, the public sector, universities and research centres, associations, construction companies and project developers. Founded in 2008, GBCe is based on a clear strategic vision: Measure sustainability, train professionals, influence policy and communicate widely. GBCe is behind the VERDE certification system, a methodology based on the Life Cycle Assessment of buildings. In 2014, GBCe organised the World Sustainable Building Congress in Barcelona, where a global vision for tackling climate change in the building sector was developed. Since 2014, GBCe has taken a leading role in the coordination and development of European innovation projects in the field of retrofitting buildings and cities.
The Green Building Council España has been an official DGNB System Partner since 12 July 2019.
The DGNB and the Croatia Green Building Council (CGBC) signed a partnership agreement on 6 October 2021 in Zagreb. The focus is on adapting the DGNB Certification System to local requirements in Croatia. In addition, the CGBC will act as an independent certification body for local projects. The two not-for-profit organisations are also working closely together to train sustainable building professionals.
The CGBC is the largest organisation in the field of sustainable construction and energy efficiency in Croatia. As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the CGBC recognises the need to ensure the quality of the built environment, sustainable construction, infrastructure and mobility, and ensures that all activities are carried out to the highest professional standards.
Our international DGNB Academy partners can offer training to become International DGNB Consultants and DGNB Registered Professionals under the guidance of their own trainers who have been trained and accredited by DGNB.
The DGNB works with various training institutions throughout Germany to disseminate knowledge about sustainable building.
Through the European harmonised standard for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), the IBU EPD programme provides an important database for determining the environmental impact of building products and components.
Through our university partnerships, we aim to make our interdisciplinary knowledge increasingly accessible to those who are about to enter the workforce - the students. Together with the cooperating faculties and institutes, we are working to ensure that sustainability becomes an integral part of university education and that students are equipped with the necessary tools as early as possible.