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With systems such as DGNB, LEED and BREEAM, builders, building owners and investors get the opportunity to compare the degree of sustainability in buildings in the same way as we compare the content of calories in two different packets of biscuits.
Certification benefitsMany benefits can be obtained from having buildings certified by DGNB, LEED or BREEAM. Even while the project is on the drawing board the systems can be used as a design tool to make conscious decisions on which sustainable solutions will add most value to the project.
The systems also make it easy for the building owner to communicate that the building is sustainable, and help branding a building or business.
Experience from abroad shows that certified buildings have higher sales and rental prices and are easier and faster to sell than similar conventional buildings.
Many types of sustainabilityIn case of certification it is important to think sustainability in a varied sense. A building with a one-sided focus on energy and insulation will not be certified.
When a building is set to a certification, it is evaluated in various categories such as operation, indoor climate, energy, water use, materials and site conditions.
The assessment can, for example, concern whether the project or building is economically profitable, foster sustainable behaviour and is good for the surrounding environment.
Both new construction and existing buildings as well as entire neighbourhoods can be assessed.
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