Federal Minister of Building, Wolfgang Tiefensee, recognizes sustainable buildings
For the first time, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) awarded its new Sustainable Building Certificate to selected buildings in Germany, at a ceremony at the BAU 2009 trade fair in Munich. The Steinbeis Transfer Center for Energy, Building and Solar Engineering in Stuttgart actively developed this certificate from day one.
Auditors Thilo Dülger and Dr. Boris Mahler (from the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Energy, Building and Solar Engineering) applied their expertise during the pilot phase. The “Z-zwo“ building in Stuttgart and the Vileda building in Weinheim both received Silver Certificates.
The primary goal of sustainable building is quality – in every aspect. Sustainable buildings are designed to be economically efficient, eco-friendly and use resources best. They provide a comfortable, healthy environment for occupants, and are optimally adapted to their socio-cultural setting. This means sustainable buildings retain their high value in the long term – for investors, owners, and occupants.
Creating a sustainable building means keeping the big picture in mind throughout design, construction, use and end of live. Considering the building’s life cycle is crucial, as is focused communication between the parties involved in design. In doing so solutions of tomorrow come into practice today.