In practice DGNB works as a benchmark, a guide line for sustainability in building activities and city development, and as a tool to plan and organize the sustainable building activities and city development.
With a DGNB certified building the users know what they get when they buy, rent or use a DGNB-certified building. Working with DGNB criteria does not have to end up with a certification.
DGNB is also a tool to review different solutions and can be used as a planning tool to give the process a structured overview to end up with the best result.
DGNB frames the project
The DGNB criteria frames an operationalization of the sustainability concept and hereby also a sustainable development. The criteria participate in creating a common language that makes it able to organize and prioritize the contribution in an often long and complicated process crossing expertise and organizations.
DGNB strengthens the decision basis by making solutions comparable and give an overview over the solutions comparisons and derivative consequences. On this basis, DGNB is relevant for everyone working with city development and building activities - no matter if the goal is a certification or not.
DGNB is used as a benchmark
With DGNB as a benchmark it is possible to compare areas across city development projects and keep raising the bar for sustainability while our experience, competences and technological abilities keep getting bigger. With a certification the building owner gets a visible proof that they made a tribute and the receivers of the areas know what they get when they buy, rent or use a building or area. It can have an importance for companies that would like to work with an active CSR-strategy or citizens who want a more sustainable life style.
DGNB is a tool
As a planning tool DGNB gives an overview over solutions and their derivative effects and in practice it makes it possible to discuss possible solutions in an early stage of the development process. In that way, there is created a structured approach to work with challenges before they become problems and there is a basis for acting proactive in order to keep the project's vision's during the project.
The DGNB criteria's degree of detail and the focus as a whole creates a focus on the factors in the urban development which sometimes can be overlooked or be difficult to work with. Here it is possible to weigh the more diffuse and qualitative values in relation to the human's quality of life against maybe the technical arrangements - and maybe even raise the value of solutions by combining them in different ways.
Solutions early in the design phase
The way of handling rainwater is a good example of how technical solutions also can create large value for an urban open space. It demands that the ideas comes in an early stage of the planning process and that expertise meets across wise.
Is DGNB used in an early stages of the planning process the proportions decreases and the consequences of misunderstands between the involved lowers. It can relieve the communication between for example building owner and counselor and create possibilities for going in a concrete, industrial dialogue with the political level in a municipality for example.