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DGNB study: No additional costs for sustainable construction

A new study from Denmark takes a look at the costs of sustainable building construction and shows that more sustainable does not automatically mean more expensive. On the contrary. The study by Buus Consult on behalf of the DGNB system partner from Denmark, the Green Building Council Denmark, now provides clarity. In the study, it takes a close look at 37 DGNB-certified buildings.

DGNB discussion on "Cooperative-based neighbourhood development" with Dr. Stephan Anders (DGNB)

28:21 min, recorded 10/29/2020, released 11/30/2020.

Thomas Pfohl leads the discussion of the Baden-Württembergische Genossenschaftsverband e.V. with Dr. Stephan Anders (DGNB).

It deals with the tasks and fields of activity of the respective organisations in the area of neighbourhood development for the professional support of the initiatives involved in the project as well as their assessments with regard to the implementation of neighbourhood projects in the legal and corporate form of the registered cooperative.

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New DGNB Report on the Sustainable Development Goals

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB e.V.) has published a new report explaining how buildings can contribute to the United Nations' global sustainability goals. The publication compares the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the potential influence of sustainable planning and construction. Architects and planners, as well as building owners and municipalities, are thus provided with orientation as to how they can meaningfully become active in terms of sustainable development. The report also offers a comparison of the SDGs with the criteria of various DGNB certification systems. This shows: Up to 15 of the 17 SDGs are addressed in the context of the DGNB certification of a building project.

Amandus Samsøe Sattler elected as new DGNB President

With the architect Amandus Samsøe Sattler, the German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB e.V. has a new president. In this role, he succeeds Prof. Alexander Rudolphi, who will continue his work on the association's executive committee. The change was announced today during the DGNB Sustainability Day in Stuttgart. The election was held on the eve of the event by the ten members of the DGNB Executive Committee. Samsøe Sattler will initially take over the office until the next DGNB general meeting in the middle of next year.

The DGNB system for neighbourhoods

Short video about the DGNB system for districts in the 2020 version. Which criteria are relevant? Which types of neighbourhoods can be certified according to DGNB?

Video portrait (2019) of the Factor X settlement; BMU Climate Protection Prize

The city of Eschweiler (North Rhine-Westphalia) has been awarded the climate protection prize "Klimaaktive Kommune 2019″ by the Federal Environment Ministry in category 1: "Resource and energy efficiency in the municipality". The city of Eschweiler is committed to more resource and climate protection with its Factor X construction areas.


Film about the Faktor X housing estate in Eschweiler:

(6:25 min.) published on Nov 5, 2019

The prize is awarded by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) as part of the National Climate Initiative (NKI), which is implemented by the German Institute of Urban Affairs gGmbh (DIFU).

More information about the climate protection award "Climate Active Community 2019″ is available on the website of the National Climate Protection Initiative of the Federal Government :

Project Info: https://sdg21.eu/db/neue-hoefe-duerwiss

All Factor X settlements:

Calculate factor X online

With funding from the federal support programme "Unternehmen Revier", the Factor X agency of the development company has developed an internet-based tool for the simple calculation of the resource efficiency of one's own building project. The tool has now undergone final testing and will be available online from September.

DGNB launches procedure for the recognition of product labels in the certification process

Building products play an important role in the sustainability certification of buildings. After all, a large number of the criteria to be considered relate to their quality characteristics. To reduce the complexity of the necessary information, product labels can be helpful as independent proof of quality. With the new 2018 version of its certification system, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is introducing a procedure for the recognition of such product labels for the first time. For this, label providers must meet a number of requirements. Recognition can be based on three criteria within the DGNB system: responsible resource extraction, the avoidance of harmful and risky substances, and deconstruction and recycling friendliness. The first standards recognised by the DGNB are CSC, FSC, WOOD FROM HERE, Indoor Air Comfort Gold, PEFC and WiN=WiN Fair Stone.

Wood from Here recognised by the BMUB as proof of requirements for wood products

In addition to the established standard for certifying the sustainability of federal buildings (BNB), the Federal Ministry of Building (BBSR) has also developed a new simplified standard for small residential buildings (BNK). Within this standard, requirements are also defined for wood products and materials that must be met in order for them to receive full points here. Compliance [...]

Energy label for wood heating systems

New labelling mandatory from 1 April Since 1 April 2017, the EU energy efficiency label now also applies to wood heating systems such as pellet, woodchip and log heating systems. The energy efficiency class scale for wood heaters ranges from A++ to G, and from 26 September 2019 from A+++ to D. Pellet boilers are generally rated A+, [...]

RAL seal of quality "CO2-reducing timber buildings

Since February 2017, the houses of Chiemgauer Holzhaus have been able to distinguish themselves with the RAL quality mark GZ 425. This is because the solid wood houses achieve a GWP (Global Warming Potential) value of less than zero in their carbon footprint. This has been tested by the "Gütegemeinschaft CO2 neutrale Bauwerke in Holz e.V.". Taking into account all the necessary materials, such as [...]


The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) has published two brochures providing information on the portals ÖKOBAUDAT and WECOBIS. WECOBIS - Web-based ecological building materials information system Download (PDF, 5MB) www.bbsr.bund.de/...2014-16/band-07-dl.pdf ÖKOBAUDAT - Basis for life cycle assessment Download (PDF, 7MB) www.bbsr.bund.de/...2017/band-09-dl.pdf

DGNB certification eligible for KfW funding

Since January 2017, building owners who have a residential building constructed and certified in accordance with the requirements of the DGNB have the opportunity to receive a grant for construction support from KfW. This covers 50 percent of the eligible costs up to a maximum of 4,000 euros per building project.

First BNK seal of approval goes to Baufritz with the top mark

With the Sustainable Small House Building (BNK) quality seal, there is now a standard for detached and semi-detached houses that you can use, for example, to optimise the conditions for insurance and financing of your own home. At the first official award ceremony, our "Room for Healthy Ideas" was also awarded the top grade of 1.4.

DGNB blog

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Jerry Yudelson "Reinventing Green Building"

In Jerry Yudelson's latest book, "Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It," published in June 2016, the American pioneer of sustainable building writes that certification systems are not advancing the needed sustainable development in the building sector quickly and substantially enough.

"BISKO" - BIlanzierungs-Standard KOmmunal

"BISKO" is neither a sausage nor a new chocolate bar, but the new "Municipal Accounting Standard". After four years of development, a methodology paper is now available that provides clear accounting rules for energy and greenhouse gas balances for municipalities in Germany. In a lengthy consultation process, coordinated and technically led by ifeu Heidelberg, [...]

Study: Sustainable building will continue to grow rapidly

The number of sustainably constructed buildings worldwide will double by 2018. This is the conclusion of the study "World Green Building Trends 2016", which was published this week by the market research organization Dodge Data & Analytics. More than 1,000 architects, engineers and building professionals from 69 countries participated in the study [...]

Sustainability in the quarter: DGNB system fundamentally revised

Since 2012, the DGNB certification system has provided local authorities with a tool that helps them to optimise neighbourhoods from a sustainability perspective and to document this through an award. For this system, the DGNB has now specifically further developed the criteria catalogue and significantly reduced the scope through adjustments. This would [...]

BBSR publication EQ II - Extended balancing of energy consumption and CO2 emissions at neighbourhood level

ExWoSt Information 48/1 (April 2016) This issue of ExWoSt Information provides an up-to-date and well-founded overview of common balancing tools and also introduces you to one that was developed as part of the ExWoSt predecessor study "Requirements for energy-efficient and climate-neutral neighbourhoods (EQ)". Publisher Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) at the Federal Office for [...]

Opening of the Baufritz show house in Cologne/Frechen

Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Address: 50226 Frechen | Europaallee 45 | FertighausWelt Köln/Frechen Program 11.15 a.m. Official opening and blessing of the house from 12.00 p.m. Building experts will advise you throughout the day, on the topics of "Healthy Building & Living", "Innovative Building Technology" and "Individual & Modern Architecture" Experts [...]

BREEAM: new criteria for international building assessment

At the end of March 2016, the UK Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) published new criteria for the international sustainability rating for buildings (BREEAM International New Construction 2016 - NC 2016). These replace the previous rating scheme which had been on the market since 2013. Further information can be found on the website [...].

2016: NBB further development / eBNB

A new version of fact sheets for the Sustainable Building Assessment System (BNB) is to be published shortly. In addition, the new eBNB system for the implementation of the BNB during planning and construction is about to be launched.

Ecological handprint

In addition to the well-known ecological footprint, which describes the use of biocapacity by the population (in Germany about 2.5 times the available area), an attempt is currently being made with funds from the Ministry of Education and Research to develop an ecological handprint for positive sustainability effects. This is intended to orient consumers in the direction of a [...]

DGNB introduces platinum

Gold, silver and bronze" becomes "platinum, gold and silver": this is a short description of what the DGNB officially announced today. The DGNB is thus changing its award logic for the certification of buildings and urban quarters. Read in the DGNB article from 11.9.2015 what exactly is changing.

Housing estates with TÜV sticker

The quality certificate "Quality of Life in Housing Estates" is to develop into an important orientation and control instrument for the housing industry. The first housing estates with TÜV Rheinland certification are part of the THS Group's portfolio and are located in the Ruhr region www.baulinks.de/webplugin/2007/1658.php4