Abstract—Nowadays environmental issues are of the main role and concern in businesses worldwide. In order to concentrate on environmental and sustainability matters in the building industry, sustainable rating systems are developed globally and buildings are assessed and certificated due to different parameters. In this paper, three widely-used rating systems from three continents; America, Europe and Australia are introduced and a comparison on their assessment categories is presented. By developing a criteria-map, 11 categories are identified and a gap analysis is performed. Results show that no single rating system covers every 11 category. Finally, recommendations are presented to lead to a comprehensive solution and the implications of the acceptance of the solution are discussed.
Index Terms—Green building, rating systems, architecture, assessment tools, gap analysis.
N. Ziabakhsh is with the Department of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Roudehen Branch, Roudehen, Iran (e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
M. Bolhari is with the Department of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran.
Cite: Neda Ziabakhsh and Maryam Bolhari, "Sustainable Rating Systems in Buildings: An Overview and Gap Analysis," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 226-228, 2012.