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  • 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

  • 19. March 2021

    Study on EU taxonomy: companies only partially prepared for requirements

    The real estate market has quite a bit of catching up to do if it wants to work through the taxonomy criteria laid down by the European Union. This is partially because stakeholders lack the data they need to fulfil the requirements. In addition, the way some of the criteria are currently defined, they are practically impossible to fulfil. This is the conclusion of a recent study conducted by the DGNB in collaboration with partners from Denmark, Austria and Spain. 62 projects involving a variety of building types in eleven European countries participated in the study. The final report is now available on the DGNB website. It also includes recommendations to the EU Commission and market stakeholders aimed at making it easier to apply the criteria in the future.   more

  • 01. March 2021

    Building for a better world: new DGNB Report on the Sustainable Development Goals

    DGNB has issued a report explaining the role buildings can play in contributing to the global sustainability goals of the United Nations. The report contrasts the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the potential impact of sustainable planning and construction. As such, it provides architects and planners – but also building owners and local authorities – with useful pointers on playing a more meaningful role in the issue of sustainable development. It also offers a comparison between the SDGs and criteria used for a variety of DGNB certification systems. The DGNB comparison demonstrates that as many as 15 of the 17 SDGs are covered by its certification for building projects.   more

  • 13. January 2021

    Sustainable building gains momentum: another successful year for the DGNB – despite Covid-19

    The DGNB strengthened its position in ‘the year of the coronavirus’. By the end of 2020, the non-profit organisation had seen a record number of new members. The DGNB Academy also made a successful transition to online training. The number of qualified sustainable building experts now exceeds 5000. In addition, the DGNB continued its success in the field of building certification, passing an important milestone on its path to internationalisation with the official launch of the DGNB System in Spain.   more

  • 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

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