Perspectives of building sustainability assessment

Luís Bragança, Ricardo Mateus, Heli Koukkari

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The concept of sustainable building is usually related to environmental characteristics although the social, economic and cultural indicators are of substantial importance. Any building level assessment method is complex and involves contradictory aspects; emphasizing the qualitative criteria only increases confusion. In this paper, the perspectives of the sustainability assessment of a whole building are presented based on the state-of-the art, feasibility study on performance analysis and development of extended LCA for buildings. Based on the case studies of building sustainability assessment using various tools, the environmental indicators were shown to be often of lesser importance than the other, soft ones. At the end, will be presented and discussed the first steps in the development of a building sustainability assessment method for Portuguese residential buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPortugal SB'07: Sustainable Construction, Materials and Practices
EditorsLuís Bragança
PublisherUniversidade do Minho
ISBN (Print)978-1-58603-785-7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventSustainable Building Conference, Portugal SB07: Sustainable Construction, Materials and Practices: Challenge of the Industry for the New Millennium - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 12 Sept 200714 Sept 2007


ConferenceSustainable Building Conference, Portugal SB07


  • Sustainability
  • construction
  • evaluation
  • Life-Cycle-Analysis


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