New report into international sustainability systems

30 May 2014

A report comparing the major sustainability systems used in five major economies has been published.

The study, compiled by real estate group CoreNet Global and consultants Arup, looks at the credit requirements associated with energy and water in large sustainability programmes concerning newly built offices.

The research provides an in-depth evaluation of the use of each sustainability system in its country of origin and how each has been adapted for the international market.

The UK's Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is one of the major sustainability systems involved in the study, along with NABERS Energy and NABERS Water in Australia and ENERGY STAR and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) in the United States.

The other systems in the report are Green Mark, from Singapore and Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM PLUS) in Hong Kong.

The research, which also features an online tool, compares each system's level of achievable certification, the credit requirements to achieve this certification level and the relative emphasis for each of energy-related, water-related and other types of credits.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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