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Title: Analysis of building environment assessment frameworks and their implications for sustainability indicators
Authors: Kajikawa, Y.
Inoue, T.
Goh, T.N. 
Keywords: Green building
Knowledge innovation
Sustainability science
Sustainable construction
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Citation: Kajikawa, Y., Inoue, T., Goh, T.N. (2011-07). Analysis of building environment assessment frameworks and their implications for sustainability indicators. Sustainability Science 6 (2) : 233-246. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Green construction is gaining increasing attention in the global context. However, the construction of sustainable green buildings and environments involves different tools and systems and diverse perspectives. Therefore, the development of environmental assessment tools is an important task for managing green housing and green building projects. In this paper, we discuss the benefits, limitations, and future directions of the assessment framework. There are four characteristics of building environmental assessment, i. e., comprehensiveness, design guideline, signaling, and communication tools, which afford both benefits and limitations. We illustrate the role of the assessment framework as a hub promoting integration of diverse knowledge, as a design guideline encouraging better design and action, as signaling environmentally friendly design and action, and as a communication tool. On the other hand, there are limitations, such as the use of a mixture of quantitative and qualitative measures, ambiguity of weighing, lack of financial evaluation, and lack of involvement of diverse disciplines and stakeholders. To develop an effective assessment framework, the following three factors must be considered: knowledge, power, and implementation. We propose that knowledge innovation, a credible approach for a salient solution, and collective action represent the future challenges of the assessment framework. © 2011 Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, United Nations University, and Springer.
Source Title: Sustainability Science
ISSN: 18624065
DOI: 10.1007/s11625-011-0131-7
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