2. EU Taxonomy-aligned certification
Increasingly, GBCs run third-party certification services of EU taxonomy-aligned green buildings, accepted by financial institutions and.
The Austrian Sustainable Building Council (ÖGNI) runs the DGNB certification in Austria and has also adopted the DGNB ESG verification service – it has performed about 800 “EU Taxo Checks” as of August 2023.
German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) has developed an “ESG verification” of the environmental criteria of the EU Taxonomy and its minimum social safeguards for new construction, refurbishment, acquisition and ownership of buildings. The assessment can be carried out both in parallel with and independently of DGNB certification.
Hungary Green Building Council (HUGBC) offers third party verification of conformity with EU Taxonomy climate mitigation criteria for buildings in Hungary. HUGBC has trained and accredited verifiers and manages the registration of verified buildings. Verification is a requirement for certain green financing instruments supported by the Hungarian National Bank.
DGBC has adapted the BRREAM certification scheme to the Dutch market and BREEAM NL In-Use v.6.0 is aligned to the EU Taxonomy. An EU Taxonomy report is provided in every BREEAM-NL In-Use V6 certification for both residential and commercial buildings.
The BREEAM-NL and EU Taxonomy comparison shows in more detail how the newest BREEAM-NL technical manuals relate to the EU Taxonomy.
In Norway BREEAM NOR New Construction v.6.0 is aligned to the requirements of the EU Taxonomy.
GBCItalia has aligned the Italian “LEEDS protocols for reporting purposes” to the European Taxonomy for new construction and renovation (REV 0–2022).
France’s HQE certification for commercial buildings run by CERTIVEA now includes tools for a EU Taxonomy alignment self-assessment for which third-party verification is available. Certivea also issues “certificate of engagement” in the planning phase of a project, which provides supporting evidence for financial institutions to demonstrate eligibility and alignment to the EU Taxonomy (e.g. Article 9 funds).
The Irish Home Performance Index is aligned with the EU Taxonomy and tailored to the Irish residential sector, with worldwide recognition for example by GRESB or the WELL building institute.
VERDE and DGNB System ES are aligned with the European Taxonomy facilitating EU Taxonomy evaluation and verification of buildings. VERDE will cover all EU Taxonomy requirements as of January 2024.
Sweden Green Building Council aligned all certification schemes to the requirements of the EU Taxonomy: Miljöbyggnad iDrift 2.0, Miljöbyggnad 4.0, Citylab 4.0, Greenbuilding 8.0, BREEAM-SE New Construction v6.0 and NollCO2 1.1.