Prof. Dr. Natalie Eßig (architect, DGNB auditor)
After her architectural studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) and at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) she worked as an architect in the field of energy-efficiency and sustainable buildings. In 2005 she returned to academia as a lecturer and began her dissertation with the topic “Sustainability of Olympic Buildings – Assessment Methods for the Sustainable Performance of Olympic Venues” at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) with a scholarship from the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) and from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In March 2008 she started her career at the Institute of Building Physics at the Technische Universität München and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP), where she is responsible for the expertise field of sustainable building performance (assessment and certification) and sustainability of sport facilities. She is involved in the development of the German Certificate for Sustainable Buildings (scientific advice) and is coordinating the transfer of knowledge between the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs. Natalie Eßig was one of the first DGNB auditors and took part in the pilot phase of the German Certificate for Sustainable Buildings. As member of the Audit and Admissions Board of the DGNB she is involved in the training of auditors and in the structure of the German Certificate. Natalie Eßig is a specialist in the sustainable architecture of sport venues. She is member of the UIA Sports and Leisure Group (International Union of Architects), member of the advisory board for sustainable sport facilities of the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) and is leading the working group “sport facilities” of the DGNB.