The taxonomy requirements

For the construction and real estate sector

In the construction and real estate sectors, the activities that fall within the scope of the EU taxonomy include:

  • New construction
  • renovation of buildings
  • individual measures and professional services
  • acquisition and ownership of real estate

An overview of all requirements for the environmental objectives "climate change mitigation", "climate change adaption" and "transition to a circular economy" can be found here:

The value of architecture in the context of EU taxonomy

These defined requirements not only have an impact on players in the financial market, but also on the work of architects and planners. It can be assumed that the demand for taxonomy-compliant objects will increase in the future. The influence of planners is particularly great in the early phases of the life cycle of buildings. Not only are draft and design decisive for the taxonomy conformity of projects. Architects can also ensure that no information about design features is lost between the design and commissioning of buildings, so that the sustainability potential of buildings can be fully exploited.

To highlight the value of architecture in the context of the EU taxonomy, the Climate Positive Europe Alliance (CPEA) and the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) have jointly published a paper. Based on the life cycle phases of buildings, it explains in detail the influence architects can have and shows the added value generated for investors, owners and users at a glance. The publication is available for download as a free set of slides on the CPEA website. The DGNB is a founding member of CPEA.


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