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Added value of certified districts

The DGNB can certify urban districts, business districts, vertical cities, resorts and open event areas. The DGNB is also the world's only provider of certifications for industrial sites. 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.

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Framework for "carbon-neutral buildings and sites"

"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."

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Life Cycle Assessments - a guide on using the LCA

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.

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BUILDING FOR TOMORROW, TODAY

Take advantage of the DGNB Membership Brochure for your communication!

The DGNB members' brochure provides an overview of the many benefits enjoyed by members of the DGNB. Whether you're just interested in finding out more or are already a DGNB member, look out for the sections on Using the Network, Taking Responsibility and Shaping the future for details of the many different ways you can become actively involved in the activities of the DGNB. At the end of each section is a checklist for members to ensure they are making optimum use of their membership.

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PLANNING, BUILDING AND OPERATING BUILDINGS SUSTAINABLY

To assess and capture sustainable building effectively, it is important to use a systematic method that allows for measurability and holistic thinking. The DGNB system offers a certification process that goes far beyond the assessment and recognition of buildings on a purely functional level. As a result, it is often used as an optimisation tool for a variety of aspects related to the sustainability of planning, construction and building operation. Individual factors are never evaluated in isolation. Instead, the impact of each aspect is assessed within the broader context of a building's life cycle, thus looking at the actual building performance over time. This lays a foundation for a sustainably built environment, reflecting the actual needs of people as well as the crucial needs of nature and the environment – all carefully documented and honoured with a DGNB certificate.

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CONTACT

Julia Peter
Marketing
Phone: +49 711 722322-73
j.peter at dgnb.de

STUDENT INQUIRIES

Christine Ruiz Durán
Committee Work and Research Projects
Phone: +49 711 722322-46
c.ruiz at dgnb.de

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