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  • 19. August 2020

    DGNB and European partners initiate study on the applicability of sustainable investment criteria

    Sustainable finance has become established as a key issue in the property industry – especially now with the European Union’s announcement of its Green Deal. One particular aspect that the EU is focusing on is the introduction of a uniform classification system for sustainable activities. Its term for this: taxonomy. Working in collaboration with partners from Spain, Austria and Denmark, the DGNB embarked on a study to assess the ‘market-compatibility’ of the taxonomy. Actual buildings will be looked at to understand the impact using the new EU criteria has on the assessment procedures followed by financial institutions, owners of existing buildings and investors. A preliminary analysis carried out by the DGNB already indicate that the taxonomy criteria are accurately reflected by the requirements of DGNB certification.   more

  • 01. July 2020

    Johannes Kreißig elected to the Board of Directors of the World Green Building Council

    Johannes Kreißig, CEO of the DGNB and DGNB GmbH, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) for the next two years. The WorldGBC is the global umbrella organisation for sustainable building, which is committed to transforming the construction and real estate industry towards more sustainability. The DGNB is the official German representative in the network, in which organisations from around 70 countries are involved.   more

  • 27. May 2020

    DGNB announces new international version of building certification – system for districts also overhauled

    The DGNB has completed two important reworks of its certification system. First, it has overhauled the international version of the DGNB System for New Construction Buildings. For the first time, this can now be applied to a broad variety of building schemes. DGNB certification for new construction buildings adopts a holistic approach to sustainability by considering the entire life cycle of a building, including operational efficiency, making it the most advanced certification system for buildings worldwide. It addresses all key factors with a bearing on the future performance of a building, from climate protection to the circular economy and the health of occupants. There is also now an updated version of the DGNB System for certifying the sustainability of districts. This system is a useful planning and optimisation tool in developing districts, commercial zones and industrial sites in such a way that they not only address the needs of the people who live and work there, but also make sense in economic terms, save resources and take care of the environment.   more

  • 10. March 2020

    DGNB certification: systematically reducing the carbon footprint of existing buildings

    The DGNB has released an updated version of its certification system for buildings in use. Under the new system, property owners, operators and users can plan sustainable property strategies for existing buildings, simultaneously laying emphasis on climate protection. Certification also functions as a management tool to help decision-makers pinpoint appropriate optimisation measures for individual buildings, implement continuous improvement processes and actively manage risk. Certification can be applied to entire property portfolios or individual buildings, irrespective of the specific usage category. Buildings already operating with a zero carbon footprint can also receive the DGNB Climate Positive award.   more

  • 13. December 2019

    Anna Heringer and feat.collective receive the first Building Sense Now Global Awards

    As part of the COP25 World Climate Change Conference in Madrid on 12 December, the Building Sense Now Global Awards were presented for the first time. These honor architects and planners who tackle the challenges of climate change in exemplary, culture-friendly ways with innovative design practices worldwide. The prize was awarded to German architect Anna Heringer and feat.collective, a network of young designers from Germany and Switzerland. The Nigerian architect Chinwe Ohajuruka received an honorary mention. Building Sense Now is an initiative launched at the end of 2017 by international architects and engineers who are committed to climate-friendly and culturally appropriate construction. The DGNB German Sustainable Building Council supports the initiative and, with its CEO Dr. Christine Lemaitre is among the initiators.   more

  • 09. October 2019

    New DGNB ‘Climate Positive’ award for buildings that make an active contribution to climate protection

    As many studies highlight, the property industry plays a pivotal role in achieving climate protection goals. What they often fail to mention is that there are already a number of buildings that actively contribute to these goals. This was the motivation behind the Climate Positive award recently launched by the DGNB. To receive the award, the carbon emissions generated when using and operating a building must still be lower than the volume of carbon emissions the building avoids in the first place by producing and exporting energy with zero greenhouse emissions. The DGNB honoured the first eleven projects that demonstrate that this is already possible at the Expo Real trade fair in Munich.   more

  • 12. July 2019

    DGNB cooperates in Spain: Green Building Council España becomes new partner

    The DGNB and the Green Building Council España (GBCe) have agreed on a comprehensive partnership. As part of the DGNB Sustainability Day on 25 June 2019 in Stuttgart and on 11 July in Madrid, both organisations signed a corresponding cooperation agreement. In the course of the cooperation, among other things, the DGNB certification system for sustainable buildings is being adapted for the Spanish market. It is also planned to link up with the VERDE system developed by the GBCe. In the future, the Council will act as a certification body for DGNB-certified projects in Spain. The overall objective of the partnership is to establish a common European understanding of the requirements of sustainable construction.   more

  • 29. September 2017

    Expo Real 2017: DGNB witnesses record number of certifications

    As part of Expo Real on 4 - 6 October in Munich, no less than 90 projects will receive a DGNB certificate – the highest ever number in the ten-year history of the non-profit organisation. This will include the first pre-certificates created as part of the new Version 2017 of the DGNB certification system. A further premiere will be the bestowal of the first DGNB Certificates for Sustainable Interiors. The DGNB is appearing at Expo Real on Stand 334 in Hall A2.   more

  • 19. September 2017

    Expo Real 2017: the property industry and its role in climate protection and architectural culture

    The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is appearing at Expo Real in Munich from 4 - 6 October, offering a comprehensive programme of presentations and dialogue on Stand 334 in Hall A2. Among the topics that will be addressed are the role of the real estate industry in global climate protection and the connection between sustainability, building quality and future-orientated construction. The very latest developments in DGNB certification will also be showcased.   more

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