DTU follows the voluntary certification scheme for sustainable construction, DGNB. Within the DGNB system, a building or urban area is evaluated based on six qualities: environmental, economic, social, technical, process, and area, while the operation of a building is assessed based on three qualities: environmental, economic, and social. “Rådet for Bæredygtigt Byggeri” oversees the certification process in Denmark.
DGNB certification is not the goal of DTU's efforts towards greater sustainability in existing and future buildings but rather a method to establish systematicity and transparency. In the case of particularly complex, research-intensive buildings, it may be necessary to deviate from the DGNB criteria. Such deviations are always coordinated and verified “Rådet for Bæredygtigt Byggeri”.