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Coleman, S and Robinson, J B (2018) Introducing the qualitative performance gap: stories about a sustainable building. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 485–500.

Cooper, I (2018) The socialization of building science: the emblematic journey of R. J. Cole. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 463–8.

Jones, P (2018) A ‘smart’ bottom-up whole-systems approach to a zero-carbon built environment. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 566–77.

Kawakubo, S, Murakami, S, Ikaga, T and Asami, Y (2018) Sustainability assessment of cities: SDGs and GHG emissions. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 528–39.

Kohler, N (2018) From the design of green buildings to resilience management of building stocks. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 578–93.

Lützkendorf, T (2018) Assessing the environmental performance of buildings: trends, lessons and tensions. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 594–614.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: buildings; decision process; design process; environmental indicators; environmental performance; life cycle; sustainability assessment; time;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1356126
  • Abstract:
    Since the 1970s, intense discussions have occurred within the research and practitioner communities on how to assess and influence the environmental performance of buildings. Many different methods, criteria and tools were developed to raise awareness, enable goal formulation, support design and decision-making processes, and evaluate a building’s environmental performance. This development can be retraced through the example of the works of Raymond J. Cole, who made an important contribution to this scientific debate. The integration of environmental performance into a sustainability assessment, the ongoing development of life cycle assessment (LCA) methods, and clients’, financiers’ and assessors’ different demands for environmental performance assessment, raise additional questions and highlight the conflicting goals. Six topics are examined in relation to current developments: the further development of the classic ‘three pillars’ sustainability model; the suitability of assessment criteria and indicators; the handling of technological progress; the discounting of environmental impacts; the environmental assessment of existing buildings; and the further development of legal requirements. ‘Time’ is a key factor relating to LCA, weighing current versus future emissions, ecological value and recycling potential of existing buildings or ‘options’ for different ways to use the building in future. Recommended actions are provided for key stakeholders.

Lau, K K, Ng, E, Ren, C, Ho, J C, Wan, L, Shi, Y, Zheng, Y, Gong, F, Cheng, V, Yuan, C, Tan, Z and Wong, K S (2018) Defining the environmental performance of neighbourhoods in high-density cities. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 540–51.

Lowe, R, Chiu, L F and Oreszczyn, T (2018) Socio-technical case study method in building performance evaluation. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 469–84.

Oliver, A and Pearl, D S (2018) Rethinking sustainability frameworks in neighbourhood projects: a process-based approach. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 513–27.

Stevenson, F and Baborska-Narozny, M (2018) Housing performance evaluation: challenges for international knowledge exchange. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 501–12.

Tweed, C and Zapata-Lancaster, G (2018) Interdisciplinary perspectives on building thermal performance. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 552–65.