International Comparison of Sustainable Rating Tools

Publisher:
American Real Estate Society
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, 2009, 1 (1), pp. 1 - 29
Issue Date:
2009-01
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This paper undertakes an international comparison of global sustainability tools and examines their characteristics and differences. Most importantly, it focuses on which tools from different countries can be directly compared with each other (i.e., is a five-star building with one rating system directly comparable with a four-star rating of another rating system?). The results are designed to provide some clarification of the assessment tools for sustainable buildings, which in turn will assist investors, developers, tenants, and government bodies in making informed decisions about green buildings. In addition, it is envisaged that removing some of the uncertainty associated with sustainable buildings will increase transparency for stakeholders and facilitate their acceptance.
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