The DGNB assesses buildings and urban districts which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to meeting sustainability objectives. The sustainability concept of the DGNB System is broadly based and goes beyond the well-known three-pillar model. The DGNB System covers all of the key aspects of sustainable building: environmental, economic, sociocultural and functional aspects, technology, processes and site. The first four quality sections have equal weight in the assessment.
The DGNB platform showcases pre-certified and certified projects for certification by the DGNB, effectively acting as a repository of best practices. They can be sorted by country, year of construction, award within the certification, etc. If a performance requirement is met, the DGNB awards the DGNB certificate in bronze, silver, gold and platinum. In addition, there is the option of simple pre-certification in the planning phase.