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Incorporating User Performance Criteria into Building Sustainability Rating Tools (BSRTs) for Buildings in Operation

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  • George Baird

    () (School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand)

Abstract

Current Building Sustainability Rating Tools (BSRTs) are concerned mainly with the technical features of new designs. The author argues for the inclusion of user performance criteria in BSRTs for buildings in operation. The case is based on insights gained from surveys of users of sustainable buildings worldwide, and a review of the pioneering NABERS protocol. The paper advocates the establishment of a set of user performance criteria for existing buildings, as a key ingredient in making progress towards a truly sustainable building stock as buildings that perform poorly from the users‘ point of view are unlikely to ever be sustainable.

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  • George Baird, 2009. "Incorporating User Performance Criteria into Building Sustainability Rating Tools (BSRTs) for Buildings in Operation," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(4), pages 1-18, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:1069-1086:d:6221
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    Keywords

    building users; sustainability rating tools; existing buildings; user surveys;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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