Analysis of the most widely used building environmental assessment methods
2006 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Sciences(China), ISSN 1001-0742, Vol. 3, no 3, 175-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Building Environmental Assessment (BEA) is a term used for several methods for environmental assessment of the building environment. Generally, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an important foundation and part of the BEA method, but current BEA methods form more comprehensive tools than LCA. Indicators and weight assignments are the two most important factors characterizing BEA. From the comparison of the three most widely used BEA methods, EcoHomes (BREEAM for residential buildings), LEED-NC and GBTool, it can be seen that BEA methods are shifting from ecological, indicator-based scientific systems to more integrated systems covering ecological, social and economic categories. Being relatively new methods, current BEA systems are far from perfect and are under continuous development. The further development of BEA methods will focus more on non-ecological indicators and how to promote implementation. Most BEA methods are developed based on regional regulations and LCA methods, but they do not attempt to replace these regulations. On the contrary, they try to extend implementation by incentive programmes. There are several ways to enhance BEA in the future: expand the studied scope from design levels to whole life-cycle levels of constructions, enhance international cooperation, accelerate legislation and standardize and develop user-oriented assessment systems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 3, no 3, 175-192 p.
Building Environmental Assessment, LCA, BREEAM, LEED, GBTool, soft systems methodology
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7642DOI: 10.1080/15693430600903230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-7642DiVA: diva2:12729
QC 201011052007-11-142007-11-142010-11-05Bibliographically approved