25 January 2011
Hotel sustainability in focus: DGNB Certificate now available for hotel
On 20 January
2011, at the BAU trade fair in Munich (the world's
leading building industry trade fair), the German
Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for the
first time was awarding its coveted DGNB
Certificate to hotel buildings.
This heralds the
addition of sustainable hotels as another
important variant of the certification system.
Like other buildings, hotels will be assessed in
six different areas of evaluation in accordance
with the philosophy of the DGNB System.
include the classic aspects of sustainability –
ecology, economy, and society – but also go
further to include the technical quality of the
building as well as the quality of the planning
and construction processes.
The quality of the
site is also assessed; this result is presented
separately however and is not included in the
overall grade for the building.
Particular importance is attached to the life
cycle assessment of a hotel building. The effort
and expense associated with cleaning measures, for
example, play a significant role, as do energy and
drinking water consumption and general maintenance
Careful use of resources is rewarded
positively using a point system. Above all, guests
want to feel comfortable in their hotel
accommodations, and user comfort and convenience
aspects are therefore given special consideration
in the DGNB assessment, including such factors as
sound insulation and thermal comfort.