The DGNB seal of approval (www.dgnb.de) is distributed, processed and adapted to Austrian standards by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate Management (ÖGNI) in Austria. ÖGNI is linked to the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) through a cooperation agreement.
The DGNB evaluation categories are based on the following areas:
- Ecological quality
- Economic quality
- Sociocultural and functional quality
- Technical quality
- Process quality
Location quality is assessed separately and is not directly included in the overall assessment; it includes criteria such as risks at the micro-location, transport links, image and condition of the location and neighbourhood. The awards are Silver, Gold or Platinum. Criteria catalogues exist both for sites and for a wide variety of building categories (including new construction, modernisation or existing buildings):
- Districts, office and business districts, industrial sites, event areas,...
- New constructions, modernisation, existing office and administration buildings
- Educational buildings
- Research and laboratory buildings
- Healthcare buildings
- Residential buildings
- Retail buildings
- Industrial buildings
Furthermore, through DGNB it is possible to evaluate interiors (without building certificate) or to evaluate buildings in use.