Energy Systems & Sustainable Living
There are are two key types of building rating tools.
Design Based Rating Tools: Design based rating tools assess the potential environmental impact of new buildings and retrot buildings based on their design attributes.
These ratings are assessed based on design documents, or as-built documentation, and are often referred to as ‘Design’ and ‘As-built’ ratings. An Australian rating tool for assessing design elements is Green Star. Others include LEED (US Equivalent) and BREEAM (UK Equivalent).
Performance Rating Tools: Performance based tools assess the actual performance of a building in operation. For example, the National Australian Built Environmental Rating System (NABERS) Energy.
International Rating Tools
There are a numerous rating tools worldwide
Reed, R., et. al., 2011, International comparison of sustainable rating tools – An Update
Major assessment tools
- Australia: Nabers / Green Star / BASIX (in NSW only)
- Brazil: AQUA / LEED Brasil
- Canada: LEED Canada / Green Globes / Built Green Canada
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