Game of Zones: Tool for planing industrial zones

‘Game of Zones’ was initially developed by DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) to convey the technical principles of planning, operating, and revitalising an industrial zone/park based on comprehensive quality criteria for rating industrial locations. The game was adapted to be used in India for GIZ – SEIP Project by the experts from Buro Happold Engineering GmbH and DGNB (ref. A unique feature of this gaming kit is that it could be used as a training tool for a variety of audience ranging from decision makers, bureaucrats, planners, developers, and managers.

Originally the following 6 quality criteria for sustainable industrial areas were used by the experts for developing the game:

  • Ecological quality
  • Economic quality
  • Socio-cultural quality
  • Technical quality
  • Process quality
  • Innovation quality

Later, the criteria were revised by the SEIP Project and formulated based on the ‘Sustainability Standards for Industrial Parks in India'

The current quality criteria are the following:

  • Economic Quality
  • Environmental Quality
  • Social Quality
  • Infrastructure & Services Quality
  • Management Quality
  • Legal Compliance Quality

Each of the quality criteria has a number of parameters that on aspects such as environment, higher investments, infrastructure & services, effective park management, women employment and local employment, cleaner production, climate change, resource efficiency, renewable energy, waste and wastewater etc.. The game cards were re-designed by Drees and Sommer, Germany based on the above modified quality criteria from the Sustainability Standards in 2018. The game kit has cards in 6 colours, each card for a quality parameter. The parameter is briefly described on the colour card.


To learn about the sustainability concepts, identify synergies across various categories, and to discuss the concepts within team and across groups.

Set up:

The required number of participants for this game is minimum 6 players and maximum 30 players. The players sit around a table with the facilitator. For each level, the respective icons are selected and put icon-side up in the table


The winner – the team with the most convincing concept - is selected by vote



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For what can the game be used?

  • For envisioning the new industrial park or retrofitting an existing industrial park
  • For preparing site master plans for new industrial parks
  • For preparing retrofit master plans for existing industrial parks
  • For training of planners, managers, developers, bureaucrats etc.
  • For interacting with entrepreneurs and stakeholders to decide on contents of master plans and provision to be made in the industrial park

The Game of Zones was successfully tested in the first training programme on “Planning of Green Industrial Parks” which was organised on 16-17 July 2015 at the IL&FS Academy of Applied Development, Mumbai (India). Post-testing, this game was played at various other events, namely -

  • Training programme on “Green industrial parks - planning, greening and retrofitting” which was organised on December 15-17, 2015 at Kolkata for the officers of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC)
  • Workshop on “Integration of environmental aspects into the planning of new industrial parks” which was organised on May 04-06, 2015 at Vishakhapatnam in cooperation with the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC)
  • Orientation workshop organised by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) on 18 January 2017 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat with resource persons from GIZ and the Gujarat Cleaner Production Centre (GCPC). 
  • Training session on site-master planning and retrofit planning of industrial areas in India which was held from 14 – 16 November 2018 in the Lalit Hotel, Delhi that included technical professionals, managers, policymakers, students, and academicians.