Comparison of material criteria in sustainability assessment tools used in America, Europe and Asia

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sustainable Built Environment Seoul
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2016

Abstract

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Africa and Asia are urbanising faster than the other regions, and they are predicted to reach 56% and 64% urbanisation by 2050 respectively. Rapid urbanisation and economic growth consume a large amount of resources and degrade the environment. It is, therefore, critical to tackle environmental issues, such as resource depletion and waste management. Since the early 1990s, sustainable assessment tools have been developed to help evaluate the sustainability practices of building life cycle stages. Sustainability assessment tools are a necessity to achieve sustainability in the building industry. Hence, there is a need to evaluate their effectiveness in promoting waste reduction and resource efficiency in the building industry. BREEAM was one of the first building evaluation tools developed. Currently, numerous other tools have been created worldwide. This study assessed and compared the material use criteria of six major building sustainability assessment tools, using the established waste management hierarchy principles of reduce, reuse, recycle and disposal, used in three continents, namely LEED (America), BREEAM (Europe), BEAM-PLUS (Hong Kong), ESGB (China), Green Mark (Singapore) and K-GBCS (Korea). The findings revealed that different assessment tools focused on different aspects of construction waste management and waste management hierarchy. Moreover, some tools such as Hong Kong’s BEAM-PLUS should incorporate additional waste reduction measures to increase the awareness and adoption of life cycle resource management concept in the construction industry.

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Comparison of material criteria in sustainability assessment tools used in America, Europe and Asia. / JAILLON, Lara Celine; Lee, M.W.; Chan, Y.Y.; Poon, C.S.

Proceedings of the Sustainable Built Environment Seoul . 2016.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)