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Building Sustainability Assessment

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  • Luís Bragança

    () (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, 4800-058, Portugal)

  • Ricardo Mateus

    () (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, 4800-058, Portugal)

  • Heli Koukkari

    () (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Vuorimiehentie 5, P.O. Box 1000, Espoo, FI-02044 VTT, Finland)

Abstract

Although social, economic, and cultural indicators are of substantial importance to the concept of sustainable building, this concept is usually related to environmental characteristics. Any building level assessment method is complex and involves contradictory aspects. Moreover, emphasizing qualitative criteria only increases confusion. R&D and standardization are thus concentrated to transparency and usability of the environmental methods. Other directions of research aim at performance-based design and methods to take regional and cultural aspects into account. In this paper, the perspectives of the sustainability assessment of a whole building are presented, based on a state of the art, feasibility study on performance analysis and the development of an extended life-cycle assessment for buildings. Using various tools, and based on the case studies of building sustainability assessment, environmental indicators were often shown to be of lesser importance than the other, soft ones. The first steps in the development of a building sustainability assessment method for Portuguese residential buildings will be presented and discussed in the end.

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  • Luís Bragança & Ricardo Mateus & Heli Koukkari, 2010. "Building Sustainability Assessment," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(7), pages 1-14, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:7:p:2010-2023:d:8877
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    1. Diaz-Balteiro, Luis & Romero, Carlos, 2004. "In search of a natural systems sustainability index," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(3), pages 401-405, July.
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    Keywords

    sustainability; assessment; building;

    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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