Why use this tool?

This web tool compares four international assessment schemes for sustainable buildings and their approaches on sustainability:

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)
  • DGNB (Deutsches Gütesiegel Nachhaltiges Bauen/German Quality Label for Sustainable Building)
  • HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale / High Environmental Quality)

Assessment schemes for sustainable buildings aim to make sustainability transparent, measurable and comparable. However, each scheme has different methods of weighting the individual aspects depending on the specific national requirements or the type of building for which it is developed. Using these  building assessment schemes requires an understanding of their differences.

For each scheme ten important aspects of sustainability are discussed. Next to each aspect you can find the view and advice from Rockwool Group.

ROCKWOOL products have always been there to help the world create beautiful buildings that are comfortable and safe, with an overall environmental benefit over the life cycle. But Rockwool Group does more. We help our customers to face the challenges of the increasing demand for buildings that are both energy efficient and sustainable.

Four additional benefits can be gained by using ROCKWOOL stone wool in areas that are challenging for sustainable design today, namely: acoustics, fire safety, durability and a sustainable use of resources.


This guide is drafted in order to inform on and explain different assessment schemes and their approach on sustainability. There is no universal official definition of "sustainablity" therefore, this guide contains the Rockwool Group's view on sustainability. Content and conclusions contained in this guide have been selected by the Rockwool Group. The guide is intended for guidance purposes only. Rockwool Group expressly disclaims liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage caused by the guide.