What does the DGNB think about important political decisions, developments in the energy industry or structural requirements? We use our position papers to position ourselves, give impetus and initiate initiatives. With our background information, we help to correctly classify current issues related to the DGNB.
For many people, the three leading international systems for certifying sustainable buildings – DGNB, LEED and BREEAM – are sometime used in the same breath and the public perception is that they're largely interchangeable. But if you take a closer look at the obvious overlaps between the systems, there are actually a number of fundamental differences, so it's not quite right to consider them synonymous.
The contents of a future German Building Energy Law in just three pages
To limit the impact of man-made climate change to an "acceptable level", our society needs to drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years starting today. With global CO2 emissions still on the increase and CO2 concentration expected to reach critical levels within 20 years (according to the latest calculations), the immediate responsibility is on politicians, businesses, public institutions, non-governmental organisations, research and education institutions to draw on every ounce of their potential. This calls for new legislative guidelines for the building sector, based on the climate protection goals.
Following a comprehensive round of feedback in the second half of 2017, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) has now released the final Version 2018 of the DGNB certification system for new buildings. This new version applies equally to nine different types of building uses.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced their TOP 10 LEED countries for 2017. According to the USGBC assessment criteria, Germany ranks fifth among LEED markets outside the United States (based on certified gross floor area). This can be taken as a foundation for interpreting numbers compared to figures issued by the DGNB.