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Sustainability and Green Building Rating Systems: LEED, BREEAM, GSAS and Estidama Critical Analysis

Published: March 28, 2017
By: Omair Awadh
Sustainability and Green Building Rating Systems: LEED, BREEAM, GSAS and Estidama Critical Analysis

In the built environment, a green building rating system provides the project team a framework and a tool to help achieving a better sustainable development. The research presents how Green Building Rating Systems (GBRSs) are environmental-oriented tools and should not be confused with Sustainability Assessment Systems; the latter is defined by the sustainability three pillars; environmental, social and economic. Achieving a green building certification does not necessarily mean that the building succeeded in achieving its environmental targets. The financial-driven and prescriptive implementation of GBRS are reasons behind a masked sustainability outcome.

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