Statements of the DGNB

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

CPEA Position: Draft Taxonomy Circular Economy / Biodiversity

The European Sustainable Finance Platform has published the first draft of the requirements for environmental objectives on circular economy and biodiversity as part of the EU taxonomy. Together with its partners from the Climate Positive Europe Alliance (CPEA), the DGNB participated in the consultation and published a common position. For the environmental objective "circular economy", it is recommended that the economic activities "new construction" and "deconstruction" should not be considered separately. Furthermore, the terms "reuse" and "recycle" should be defined more clearly. The requirements of the environmental objectives "biodiversity" are not ambitious enough in the opinion of DGNB and CPEA.

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Recommendation to the European Commission and the Sustainable Finance Platform

This Case study provides relevant information on applying the proposed Taxonomy criteria to real case buildings. From this application, DGNB and three partner GBCs derive recommendations to the European Commission and the Sustainable Finance Platform for the adaptation of the proposed criteria. The recommendations were communicated to the EC and the SFP in the context of the official call for feedback/consultation in December 2020.

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Sustainable finance: How EU taxonomy relates to DGNB building certification

The DGNB has published a background information to look at the topic of sustainable finance and the areas addressed by the EU taxonomy. The document also outlines the most important aspects of the classification system and how it can be applied to the construction and property industry. This background information also provides a closer comparison with the activities of the DGNB.

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DGNB & Co. – the similarities and differences between building certification systems

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.

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DGNB discussion proposal GEG 2050

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.

Discussion proposal

The most important changes to Version 2018 of the DGNB System

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. 

Press Release

Background information

Comparison between DGNB and LEED market figures in Germany

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.

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