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  • 22. February 2023

    Circular Economy Taxonomy Study: buildings do not meet EU requirements

    The property industry is not prepared for the transformation to a circular economy as mandated by the European Union. This was the outcome of a recent study conducted by the DGNB in collaboration with European partners. Based on actual construction projects, the study examined the market-readiness of the circular economy criteria proposed in the EU taxonomy. Its conclusion: not a single project could be considered taxonomy-aligned. Two aspects that proved particularly problematic were the reuse of material content and the use of recyclates. There was also insufficient information and a lack of circular construction methods. Launched by the European Union in 2020, the EU taxonomy is a classification system for sustainable investments aimed at accelerating carbon-neutral transformation on the European continent.   more

  • 22. November 2022

    DGNB reaches milestone with more than 2000 registered members

    More and more companies in the building and property industry are actively committed to improving sustainability. Recently, the 2000th organisation elected to become a member of the German Sustainable Building Council, thus taking the number of new members welcomed on board by the non-profit association to more than 500 in this year alone. This tremendously positive development is also reflected in all other areas of the DGNB network. For example, many DGNB Academy courses have been fully booked for months, and there have been record registrations for DGNB certification. By the end of 2023, the 10,000th DGNB certificate will have been awarded.   more

  • 20. September 2022

    DGNB offers sustainable procurement tools as part of EU project

    Following an initiative lasting three years, the EU-funded LIFE Level(s) project reaches completion in late September. Having played a central role in the project, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB e.V.) is making the results available through its website, offering both planning and procurement tools with emphasis on life cycle factors for use with construction projects. These tools are targeted at local authorities, project planners and architects, and the producers of building materials. In addition, tools have been developed to provide help with bringing different certification systems, such as the DGNB system, into harmony with the European Level(s) framework. The latter framework aims to create a common language and methodology for reporting the sustainability of buildings in Europe. As well as the DGNB, the LIFE Level(s) project involved seven other European green building councils.   more

  • 20. June 2022

    Numerous awards and recognition all round for the DGNB in its anniversary year

    The DGNB has received a variety of awards in recent weeks – good timing, as it is currently marking its 15th anniversary. The DGNB achieved success with two initiatives at the German Awards for Sustainability Projects, with one award for its report on Building for a Better World and another for its Knowledge Foundation. A non-profit organisation, the DGNB also received nominations and prizes from the UK-based BUILD Architecture Awards, Focus Money magazine and two further business magazines in the United States. In addition, the DGNB has been appointed by the German government to act as a permanent observer of the Sustainable Finance Committee.   more

  • 17. November 2021

    International Architecture Awards presented during COP26

    The DGNB was involved in two award ceremonies while the UN Climate Change Conference was going on last week. The Building Sense Now Global Award went to Indian architect Anupama Kundoo, who was honoured for her commitment to ecologically sensitive and socially appropriate architecture. No less than eight projects claimed a prize under the 2020-21 Green Solutions Awards. In the Sustainable Infrastructure category, the top award went to the Mehr.Wert.Pavillon in Heilbronn. Four of the other winning projects come from France, with another one each from Spain, Italy and Luxembourg.   more

  • 06. October 2021

    For more sustainability in building across Europe: DGNB launches partnership in Croatia

    The DGNB and the Croatia Green Building Council (CGBC) signed a partnership agreement this week in Zagreb. The focus is on adapting the DGNB certification system to local requirements in Croatia. In addition, CGBC will act as the certification body for local projects in the future. The two non-profit organisations also work closely together in the training of experts for sustainable building. After Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Spain, Croatia is the fifth European country in which the DGNB is working strategically with a system partner.   more

  • 23. July 2021

    DGNB and European partners announce new ESG Verification for the EU Taxonomy in the real estate industry

    Financial market stakeholders, property developers and the owners of existing buildings can now have the conformity of properties audited by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) according to the requirements of the EU taxonomy. The new ESG verification service, which is being offered collaboratively by partners in the Climate Positive Europe Alliance (CPEA), can be used by companies for individual buildings or entire portfolios. The service covers three areas: new construction, renovation, and acquisition and ownership. Audits can be carried out concurrently or independently during DGNB certification. In future, the EU taxonomy criteria will be integral components of any further developments made to the different variants of the DGNB system. In the event of future extensions being added to the taxonomy criteria by the EU, the ESG verification process will be adapted as soon as possible, particularly in areas affecting social issues and governance.   more

  • 06. July 2021

    Climate-friendly construction worldwide: Building Sense Now and MISEREOR embark on knowledge-sharing partnership

    The global Building Sense Now initiative has joined forces with MISEREOR, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation, to work on common projects. The partners’ aim is to offer access to country-specific building expertise – not only in line with climate-friendly and culturally sensitive practice, but also so that ideas can be implemented directly worldwide. In specific terms, the plan is to organise a series of digital events looking at actual examples from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The curtain will be raised on the first free Master Class on 15 July. Furthermore, submissions for the Building Sense Now Global Awards can still be received until the end of August. The jury is looking for innovative people who answer climate change and the many challenges it poses with creative architecture and design concepts. Building Sense Now was founded in 2017 and is supported by the DGNB.   more

  • 29. March 2021

    Impetus for more climate action in the built environment: Climate Positive Europe Alliance launched

    A new European non-profit organisation is setting out to transform the construction and real estate sector towards greater sustainability. The Climate Positive Europe Alliance (CPEA) is a think tank that brings together expertise and market-based practical solutions for the most pressing sectoral challenges in the areas of sustainable finance, circular economy or the intelligent handling of building data and translates them into concrete recommendations for action. At the core of the Alliance’s activities are collaboration and the establishment of a cross-sector dialogue between business and policy-makers.   more



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

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