DGNB for munici­pal­ities

What DGNB offers are particularly interesting for cities and municipalities

With the goal of carbon neutrality, more and more cities and municipalities are implementing extensive measures in terms of sustainability. This also applies to urban and district planning as well as the construction and operation of public buildings. The various certification systems of the DGNB serve municipalities as planning and optimisation tools to get the maximum sustainability quality out of their building projects within the available budget.

As Europe's largest network for sustainable building, the DGNB also offers municipalities a valuable platform as a participatory association for making contacts and exchanging ideas with experts in the field. The "Climate-Positive Cities and Municipalities" initiative launched by the DGNB networks all those municipalities that are committed to more sustainability, climate action and resource conservation. In doing so, they receive access to practical knowledge free of charge.

Certification: Opportunities for municipalities

DGNB Certification helps municipalities as a planning and optimisation tool to implement holistic sustainability quality - both in development projects and in dealing with their own building stock.

The most important facts about the DGNB certification

Why certification is worthwhile

The DGNB System for districts

The DGNB system for buildings in use

"Climate Positive Cities and Communities" Initiative

The "Climate-Positive Cities and Communities" initiative, founded by the DGNB, promotes sustainability in practice, concrete climate action and a better quality of life in municipalities. Its aim is to initiate a pragmatic exchange of knowledge on these topics between municipalities, to develop solutions together and to learn from each other.

Join the initiative free of charge

Participating municipalities

Climate action and circular building

Sustainable building is multifaceted – at least if one approaches it holistically and keeps the entire life cycle in mind. We have compiled our own toolboxes online on the most important aspects of the topic to help you with practical implementation.

More about sustainable building

Check out the toolbox "Carbon neutral building"

Check out the "circular building" toolbox

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Referent präsentiert mit Ringlicht

Know-how for practice: The seminars offered by the DGNB Academy

Get further training on sustainable planning and construction – particularly suitable for local government officials.

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DGNB and the Sustainable Development Goals

How are the SDGs and sustainable building related? Find out in our report "Building for a better world".


DGNB Reports: The perfect introduction to the topic

The DGNB regularly publishes free publications in which we highlight the facets of sustainable building.


Join the DGNB network

Become a member of our non-profit association and benefit from numerous advantages.

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Knowledge for world savers: The Wissensstiftung

The Wissensstiftung is an online platform that offers compact, directly applicable knowledge-to-go.