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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 186; doi:10.3390/su9020186

Critical Review of the Material Criteria of Building Sustainability Assessment Tools

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Department of Architecture, Inha University, 100 Inha-ro, Nam-gu, Incheon 22212, Korea
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Department of Architecture, University of Seoul, 163 Seoulsiripdae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02504, Korea
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Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Received: 27 September 2016 / Accepted: 19 January 2017 / Published: 26 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Materials)
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Abstract

Comparative analysis of the material criteria embedded in building sustainability assessment tools was performed. The material-related issues were identified, classified, and summarized. A framework, the triple bottom line of sustainability (environment, economy, and society), was used to examine the material assessment criteria, evaluation parameters, and descriptions. The material criteria were evaluated to identify the current features and weaknesses as balanced material assessments for sustainable development. The criteria showed significant differences in their scopes in covering the social and economic aspects beyond the environmental aspect. For comprehensive sustainability assessment purposes, it is essential that adequate attention be paid to all three dimensions. Finally, this paper proposes the indicators of the sustainable material assessment from an analysis of all the material-related items. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; material; building sustainability assessment; green building rating systems; architecture; building; BREEAM; LEED; CASBEE; LBC; G-SEED sustainability; material; building sustainability assessment; green building rating systems; architecture; building; BREEAM; LEED; CASBEE; LBC; G-SEED
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Park, J.; Yoon, J.; Kim, K.-H. Critical Review of the Material Criteria of Building Sustainability Assessment Tools. Sustainability 2017, 9, 186.

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