Towards a successful voluntary building environmental assessment scheme

Chi Kwan Chau, Wai Ling Lee, F. W.H. Yik, J. Burnett

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Voluntary building assessment schemes have emerged worldwide to help assess the environmental performance of buildings. As building environmental assessment is a rapidly evolving field, the scope and details of such assessment schemes are continuously undergoing updating and refinement. Substantial efforts have been devoted to the design and improvement of the assessment schemes to make them capable of defining an objective building profile. Although most of the existing schemes are voluntary, many fail to encourage participation of the building investors and designers. In order to widen acceptance, the design of the scheme should be oriented towards the manner in which investors make decisions. This paper provides an overview of the vital elements and changes needed, so as to make a voluntary building environmental assessment scheme more attractive and successful, and will include reforms not only in the scope and the credit weighting philosophy but also in its nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-968
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000


  • Building assessment
  • Credit weighting scale
  • Schemes
  • Sustainability
  • Voluntaryschemes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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