Green building rating systems
A green building is generally considered one that attempts to lower its negative impact on the environment. However, the definition of what makes a building green is rather subjective and vague, which leads to many different interpertations and approached within the construction industry. To address this issue, standardized rating systems are used to outline the environmentally motivated features of a building. These systems provide needed definitions, guidelines, and comparable outcomes that are often useful in legitimizing green buildings and their sustainable features.
With the popularity of green building rating systems, there have been an onset of many different rating systems around the world. Each system differs based on building type, location, and number of buildings. However, it can be confusing to choose the right rating system for your building project. To help clarify and compare rating, EcoSpex has developed lists of popular green building rating systems for Residential and Commercial buildings and their important features:
Commercial Rating Systems Matrix Residential Rating Systems Matrix
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The following reports provide additional information to support leading edge research and value added pertaining to rating system programs.
Roos, R., Straka, V., & Gorgolewski, M. (March 2011). Survey of the Effectiveness of BOMA BESt and LEED Canada EB:O&M
in Greening the Built Environment in Canada. Ryerson University: Toronto, ON.
International Code Council, Inc. (2010). International Green Construction CodeTM Public Version 1.0 [978-1-58001-630-8]. Published
by International Code Council, Inc.
Access Updated 2012 Version: http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/IGCC/Pages/default.aspx
Yaron, G., & Noel, M. (May 2013). Does Building Green Create Value? Light House Sustainable Building Centre Society: Vancouver, BC.
Access website: http://www.sustainablebuildingcentre.com/ or Download Here
Environmental Defence. (2009). Greening Canada’s Building: Report Card 2009. Published by Environmental Defence.
Access website: http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/ or Download Here