LEED, BREEAM and DGNB are the three leading, voluntary certification schemes within sustainable building. The Ramboll Group has documented how Troldtekt can contribute with points for the focus areas such as life cycle costs, indoor climate and materials in the three certification schemes.
Established in 1998, the American sustainability certification scheme for buildings, LEED, is implemented worldwide and today you find LEED certified buildings in more than 135 countries. BREEAM is the British sustainability certification scheme for buildings and is used in more than 50 countries. Countries like Norway and The Netherlands have developed their own versions of BREEAM.
As the most recent certification scheme for sustainable building, German DGNB was launched in 2008 as a so-called second-generation system and is very inclusive in its analysis of buildings and considers all aspects of sustainability.
In 2012 Denmark published a national adapted version of DGNB, which was last updated in new 2016 manuals. However, many multinational companies stick to just one scheme across national borders. Among others, the Vestas Technology R&D Centre in Lem, near the West Jutland coast, is therefore LEED-certified and as the first in Denmark has been LEED Platinum-certified. Read the Vestas Technology R&D case.
Sustainable building is about more than the environment. Therefore, the voluntary certification schemes operate with a number of focus areas within everything from economics and management to energy and well-being. Rambøll has documented that Troldtekt contributes to the three certification schemes within the following focus areas:
- Life cycle costs
- Acoustic indoor climate
- Atmospheric indoor climate and toxicity
- Psychological indoor climate (art)
- Materials, including:
- Life cycle assessment
- Renewability and reuse
- Recycled content
- Procurement of materials
- Fire safety
- Construction site waste management