Developing a robust assessment system for the passive design approach in the green building rating scheme of Hong Kong

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The developed system is only applied to cooling and lighting related criteria, which are mainly influenced by selected passive design strategies. After a preliminary definition of the assessment framework and total available credits, the priorities of different sub-criteria are derived from sensitivity analyses of a generic building model with screening-based, variance-based and regression methods. Adjustment of assessment criteria is also performed according to significance tests and post optimization analyses. Furthermore, performance and grading scales are formulated with baseline requirements, optimization results and local sensitivity analyses. Eventually, the FAST (Fourier Amplitude Sensitivity Test) method is proved to generate the most appropriate weighting system considering the consistence of the credit prediction with the traditional whole building simulation approach. Findings from this research can guide decision-makers in the construction industry to obtain an optimized preliminary design by properly allocating resources and investments under a prescriptive evaluation approach starting from the early planning stage. The research design can also be applied to determine the assessment system for other performance-based criteria in a green building assessment scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-194
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Assessment
  • BEAM
  • Green building
  • Passive design
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Weighting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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