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Urban Sustainability Audits and Ratings of the Built Environment

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Group Energy Conservation, Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, National Observatory of Athens, GR-15236 Athens, Greece
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iiSBE Italia, International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment, I-10138 Torino, Italy
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Energies 2019, 12(22), 4243; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12224243
Received: 16 October 2019 / Revised: 1 November 2019 / Accepted: 4 November 2019 / Published: 7 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Energy Audits-Diagnosis and Retrofitting)
Buildings and the built environment in cities are seen as both a source of, and solution to, today’s economic, environmental and social challenges. The audit process to collect data and rate their sustainability levels is a demanding process given the complexity of the issues involved. Stakeholders often lack advanced knowledge on the sustainability issues involved, access to practical tools that match the local priorities and the overall resources to diagnose and evaluate the current state, analyse, assess and rank different scenarios, and monitor implementation and progress towards meeting sustainable development goals and local priorities. A new multicriteria European built environment assessment method that is supported by practical tools was developed in a transnational collaborative effort to support the assessment, planning, monitoring and overall decision-making process for rating the sustainability at the building or neighbourhood scale. The assessment system addresses the main sustainability issues (e.g., site and infrastructure, urban systems, energy and natural resources, emissions and environment, service quality, social aspects, economy), which are described and quantified with an “exhaustive” list of ~180 sustainability criteria and indicators, and a manageable number of common mandatory key performance indicators. The assessment system can satisfy the public administrations’ needs for being easy to use, open access, flexible and adaptable tools in order to facilitate their efforts for developing effective sustainability plans. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; buildings; neighbourhoods; decision-making process; key performance indicators; KPIs; built environment; audit; assessment tools sustainability; buildings; neighbourhoods; decision-making process; key performance indicators; KPIs; built environment; audit; assessment tools
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Balaras, C.A.; Droutsa, K.G.; Dascalaki, E.G.; Kontoyiannidis, S.; Moro, A.; Bazzan, E. Urban Sustainability Audits and Ratings of the Built Environment. Energies 2019, 12, 4243.

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