Assessment focus for more sustainable buildings

Branka Dimitrijevic, David Langford

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    Proliferation and complexity of tools for assessing sustainability of buildings calls for facilitating the use of tools by different stakeholders. This consideration entails rethinking of the assessment focus and flexibility of tools. The aim of this paper is to outline how the focus on durability, adaptability and energy efficiency of buildings enables building designers and managers to assess new building designs and existing buildings by considering most significant aspects of the environmental impact of buildings. It also indicates how flexibility can be achieved by enabling changes in the assessment scope and criteria.
    The paper considers a recent analysis of existing tools for assessing sustainability of buildings and draws attention to an assessment tool developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in 2000, which is available as software and has been used to assess new building designs and existing buildings. The transparency of the assessment criteria and flexibility of the tool regarding the assessment scope and changing performance targets in the assessment criteria enable easy adaptation of the tool for different building types, environmental/geographical context and stakeholders’ needs. The conclusions outline advantages of focusing on the most significant aspects of environmental impact of buildings, providing transparent assessment criteria and flexibility for changing performance requirements and addressing the needs of different stakeholders. This approach can also be applied in developing tools for assessing economic and social aspects in sustainability of buildings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • sustainability assessment tools
    • sustainable buildings
    • durability
    • adaptability
    • energy efficiency
    • assessment tools
    • assessment focus
    • flexibility


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