Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB ) is the most modern of the big three systems,developed in 2009 by the German Sustainable Building Council(DGNB) and the German Federal Ministry of transport and Planning.It includes innovative approaches and is the only system to heavily weight economic performance of the building. The DGNB System takes an outcome-oriented approach to evaluating building performance. For example construction products are assessed in terms of their use in the wider building design context, by means of a whole building life cycle assessment. A full ecological footprint of the building is calculated by taking the data from EPD, Environmental Product Declarations or generic materials data bases. This therefore encourages designers to consider sustainable use of materials through the design and specification of the structure and form of the building. Products used in the wrong place or in the wrong quantity fail to achieve the desired effect and have a negative impact on the operation and impact of the building.
IGBC have the only expertise in the UK and Ireland on the application of the DGNB system and we can assist if you are considering certification under the international system. It would require the setting of Irish Benchmarks but the system is designed for easy adaptation internationally. The benchmarks for Ireland would likley be based on IGBC best practive guidance.
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