Evolution of sustainability in global green building rating tools

Wen, Baohua and Musa, Siti Nurmaya and Onn, Chiu Chuen and Ramesh, Singh and Liang, Lihua and Wang, Wei (2020) Evolution of sustainability in global green building rating tools. Journal of Cleaner Production, 259. p. 120912. ISSN 0959-6526

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.120912

Abstract

Green building rating tools (GBRTs) are well-known and important instruments for assessing building sustainability. GBRTs constantly upgrade to meet rapid development, one of which is achieving a reasonable balance among the “three pillars” of sustainability, namely, environmental, social and economic sustainability. This study analyzes the changes and trends in the three sustainability pillars of GBRT and reinforces the previous GBRT longitudinal studies in terms of research sample, time span, equal terms, and research depth. Ten global GBRTs are selected by specific screening principles, and a unified criterion framework is presented to compare these selected GBRTs on equal terms. The changes of GBRTs are then analyzed on three levels, namely, categories, subcategories, and criteria. The results show that in the past three decades, there is a continuous decrease in the weight of the environmental category, an obvious increase in the weight of the social category and a little rise in the wight of the “economic” category. “Pollution,” “physical comfort,” and “flexibility” are identified as “sensitive criteria” of environmental, social, and economic categories, respectively, given their significant changes; they are also critical factors for the evolution of GBRT for the past three decades. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green building; Rating tools; Sustainability; Development; Trend; Three pillars
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 00:45
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2020 00:45
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/24763

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