Sustainable Building Council
ÖGNI is an NGO founded in 2009 by 125 companies and institutions from the construction and real estate industries with the aim of enabling the paradigm shift of the sector towards sustainability.
Our point of departure is the fact that the construction and real estate industry accounts for 50 per cent of resources, 40 per cent of energy and 30 per cent of emissions. Besides, the prevention of the Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a strong motivation for our activities.
ÖGNI applies the 3-P approach meaning products, processes and persons, and places its focus on the consideration of the life cycle, stressing the balance between ecology, economy and socio-cultural factors.
The members of ÖGNI develop recommendations, codes and manuals in partnership and with a result-oriented and internationally connected approach. These documents should help the implementation of sustainable products and processes by persons equipped with specialist knowledge about sustainability.
In cooperation with an expert group, the ÖGNI (Austrian Sustainable Building Council) has defined standards for measuring the social sustainability of buildings and identifies three focal points: Holistic view of the neighborhood, operation of buildings and flexibility.Read more >
The ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation outlines how sustainability can only be achieved through sensible, efficient building operation; and proves that sustainability and efficient operation go hand in hand.Read more >
Although the term "Smart City" is widely used, a clear definition is still missing. This ÖGNI position paper aims to clarify ÖGNI's position on Smart Cities, make the term Smart Cities more specific for urban development stakeholders, support and guide urban developers in their attempts to implement the Smart City concept and develop a basis for the certification of Smart Cities.Read more >
WorldGBC Europe publishes advocacy manifesto urging decision makers to recognise vital role of built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral EuropeThu, 27th Jun 2019
Over 20 countries from WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network have published a manifesto, A Sustainable Built Environment at the Heart of Europe’s Future urging decision makers to recognise the vital role that the built environment sector plays in delivering a climate neutral Europe.Read more >
Today is International Women’s Day – an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural political, and of course, environmental achievements of women around the world.Read more >