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Certification of sustainable buildings

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DGNB, LEED and BREEAM make it possible to compare sustainable buildings with each other. Experience from abroad shows that certified buildings are easier to sell and earn higher market prices.

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 sustainability
In 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.

DGNB chosen as future Danish systemSince the autumn of 2011, we have participated in the Danish adaptation of DGNB through representation in the various engineering groups under the GBC-DK(Green Building Council Denmark) that have established the Danish criteria.

LAST UPDATED: 06.10.2017