In this section, we provide you guidelines and reports on current topics and projects of the DGNB as well as about the most important developments concerning the DGNB System.
The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) has been awarding certificates to sustainable districts since 2012. The added value that sustainable planning and implementation as well as certification offers has now been ascertained by a survey. The study was developed as a part of a thesis at the University of Biberach, for which questionnaires were sent to all of DGNB's current and former clients, DGNB auditors and participating planners.
"With the framework we want to make a decisive contribution to make the global climate protection goals manageable for the most diverse decision-makers in the construction and real estate industry," says Dr. Christine Lemaitre, Managing Director of the DGNB. "If we want to change the fundamentals by 2050, we must starting now. A reliable framework that provides guidance on how to reduce CO2 emissions continuously, to the extent necessary, is essential."
These guidelines aim to promote the increased use of life cycle assessments in the planning process, by demonstrating the relevance and potential of this tool. Designers and building contractors are additionally provided with arguments for employing these methods as an optimisation tool as early as possible in the planning and implementation process, and the sustainability effects that can be achieved as a result of this are emphasised. Furthermore, the reader is presented with examples of how the results of life cycle assessments are communicated and can serve as supporting arguments for making more environmentally sensible decisions in the course of the planning process.