DGNB System

DGNB System


The DGNB-Urban Districts Scheme is a framework developed in Germany in 2016 for the assessment of the sustainability of urban districts (UD) and buildings. The urban district scheme evaluates elements such as the location and energy supply of the district, the public space amenities and mixed-use, sustainable mobility and reducing costs throughout the entire life cycle. Asset quality is evaluated comprehensively over the entire life cycle of the project. The system highlights potential errors and deficiencies at an early stage and makes project quality measurable and transparent.

How It Works

To have the projects certified, the DGNB trains DGNB auditors, who are responsible for documentation of required project information. The system is based on up to 50 voluntarily criteria outperforming concepts that are common or usual today.

Tool Outcome

According to the score achieved, there are four DGNB different awards levels: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.

Sustainability Criteria

  • Environmental quality (8 credits)
  • Economic quality (5 credits)
  • Sociocultural and functional quality (7 credits)
  • Technical quality (5 credits)
  • Process Quality (5 credits)

Additional Information

  • Users of the tool- Project Team, Developers, Investors, Public Authorities
  • Phase when the tool applies- Planning, Design, Construction
  • Geographic application- Germany and International. Adapted to Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and in the process for Brazil, China, Russia