Green Building rating tool

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Green Building rating tool
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-29

Green Building rating tool means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Green building rating tools provide third-party validation of the design and/or performance of a building. Certification systems are vital as they provide an independent assessment of the green performance of projects; increasingly a key consideration for owners, tenants, agents and capital providers. Certification systems have been particularly successful in raising awareness of green buildings, resulting in greater market demand and industry response. By defining what is considered ‘green’ in a particular market, rating tools are able to recognize and reward best practice and thereby help move the entire market beyond simple code compliance. In more mature green building markets, building codes often become more stringent as the baseline for what is considered standard performance – at least as defined by ratings tools – increases. Green building rating tools also help create demand for green buildings. There are currently 31 different certification systems currently supported by Green Building Councils; the most widely used examples include LEED, GreenStar and BREEAM. The systems often serve as a guideline from the first day of planning and throughout the construction phase, and increasingly focus on life cycle analysis and the in use phase of the building life-cycle. Ratings tools create a common language around green building by providing definitions and performance benchmarks, which can provide verification for capital providers and developers. They have expanded the understanding of green building beyond simply energy or water efficiency in operations. Areas of building design and operation that were previously overlooked, such as indoor environment quality and the life-cycle of buildings materials, have gained attention in the market and in policy. Meeting a certification standard can be a means for contractual agreement between all players in the design and construction process, as well as potential policy targets for the public and private sectors. For example, many public authorities are adopting certification as a requirement, primarily in public buildings.

UNEP 2014, Greening the building supply chain, http://www.unep.org/sbci/pdfs/greening_the_supply_chain_report.pdf