Sustainablity assessment schemes

Assessment schemes for sustainable buildings aim to make the overall building quality more transparent, measurable and comparable. However, each scheme has different methods of weighting the individual aspects depending on the specific national requirements or the type of building for which it is developed. Using these building assessment schemes requires an understanding of their differences.

Guide to sustainablity assessment schemes

Compare four sustainablity schemes; LEED BREEAM, DGNB and HQE.

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The German based DGNB  system was developed in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) to be used as a tool for the planning and evaluation of buildings in this comprehensive perspective on quality.

The basic concept of the DGNB scoring and rating system is that the performance in five criteria groups with a fixed relative importance is assessed: Ecological quality (22.5%), economical quality (22.5%), socio-cultural and functional quality (22.5%), technical quality (22.5%) and planning process quality (10%).