DGNB System gains foothold in Denmark. Eight projects launched in pilot phase
Stuttgart, February 2012. In the summer of 2011, Denmark's Green Building Council made the decision to use the system of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) to certify its sustainable buildings. According to Denmark's Green Building Council, the forward-looking and integrated approach of the DGNB system – which takes future EU regulations into account – was a key factor. The first pilot projects have now been launched.
In recent months, numerous experts have worked to adapt the DGNB's certification system for new office and administration buildings to Danish building standards and regulations. Eight projects are currently in the initial application phase, in which this country-specific adaptation is being thoroughly tested. This includes two large projects with a gross floor area of 46,000 m2 and 56,000 m2 respectively that are pursuing DGNB certification. An additional large project of 27,000 m2 GFA is using the DGNB pre-certification criteria in its planning and marketing.
"It will be very interesting to observe the experience in our neighboring country," remarks Dr. Christine Lemaitre, CEO of DGNB. "Large projects in particular are very important to familiarizing the Danish construction and real estate industries with the integrated philosophy of the DGNB System." The initial phase will continue until June 2012. As part of this initial application, the practical experience collected during compliance testing will be carefully analyzed and integrated into the market version for office and administration buildings as needed.
This autumn, working groups are expected to begin adapting additional DGNB occupancy profiles. The next areas of focus will be hospitals and existing office buildings as well as mixed occupancy structures.
Over the course of a year, the Danish Green Building Council examined different internationally oriented certification systems for use in Denmark, in the end selecting the DGNB System. One deciding factor was the significant similarity to the Danish building culture – which allows numerous criteria to be adopted without adaptation – while another was the flexibility and future viability of the system.