DGNB System for Districts

DGNB System for Districts


German Sustainable Building Council - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen

Type(s) of Tool

Rating SystemsProvide quantifiable sustainability ratings and / or certification for projects or assets.


Urban Planning

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline.

Open Source


Language Availability

English, German

Country of Origin


Date of Development





The DGNB System for Districts is a planning and optimization tool which helps to create sustainable and livable districts. There are three types of certifications available across the project lifecycle: (1) a pre-certification for urban development plans, (2) a certificate for planning and development of projects that are at least 25% completed and (3) a final certificate for districts that are at least 75% completed. Assessments are undertaken by independent, DNGB-trained auditors. A final conformity check is undertaken by DGNB before the award of the certification.

Tool Outcome

Depending on the score achieved, there are four different awards levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Pre-certification is valid for 3 years, certification for planning and development for 5 years and certification for completed projects is valid indefinitely.

Sustainability Criteria

The tool evaluates the sustainability of projects based on the following criteria:
– Effects on the global and local environment (3 sub-criteria)
– Resource consumption and waste generation (3 sub-criteria)
– Lifecycle costs
– Economic development (2 sub-criteria)
– Health, comfort and user satisfaction (7 sub-criteria)
– Functionality / Design for all
– Technical quality (8 sub-criteria)
– Planning quality (4 sub-criteria)
– Construction quality assurance (5 sub-criteria)
– Site quality (4 sub-criteria)

Case Studies

Asia, Europe, North America | https://www.dgnb-system.de/en/projects/