Environmental rating methods: selecting indoor environmental quality (IEQ) aspects and indicators
2008 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 36, no 5, 466-485 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It is often unclear whether environmental rating methods for buildings assess the most significant environmental aspects or if other considerations lie behind the choice of assessment aspects in specific methods. In the development of a comprehensive Swedish environmental rating method for buildings, a number of approaches for selecting environmental aspects in a method were tested. These include basing the selection on the severity and extent of problems, on official objectives, on mandatory rules, and on current practice. Once aspects, or rather building-related health problems, are selected, possible indicators for monitoring these problems can be tested with regard to theoretical and practical criteria in order to understand better the strengths and limitations of different indicators. The analyses in the paper are limited to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and thus cover extensive reviews of current IEQ methods, Swedish objectives, and legislation as well as the severity and extent of IEQ problems. The results show that depending on the chosen approach, different numbers of aspects turn out to be significant. The approaches for prioritizing aspects suggested here can be used, preferably in combination. An aspect can be seen as motivated for inclusion in a method if many of the approaches suggest its significance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis , 2008. Vol. 36, no 5, 466-485 p.
building assessment, environmental assessment, environmental indicators, indoor environmental quality, building characteristics, environmental performance, environmental rating, health, noise
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9738DOI: 10.1080/09613210802075841ISI: 000258452400006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-49549113612OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-9738DiVA: diva2:127320
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