The Sustainable Building certification procedure in HafenCity was developed by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH with the participation of the Gesellschaft für ökologische Bautechnik Berlin mbH and has been deployed for office, residential, hotel and commercial space since 2007.
The system has been updated in recent years in line with developments in energy policy and standardisation.
The building is evaluated according to 5 criteria:
Sustainable use of energy resources
Sustainable use of public goods
Use of environmentally friendly building materials
Particular consideration of health and comfort
Sustainable building operations
The project developer must verify that the required quality standards have been met for three of the five categories described.