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Operation of adoptive green building assessment tools-case study

Operation of adoptive green building assessment tools-case study

Mpakati-Gama, Effiness Chiplliro, Sloan, Brian and Wamuziri, Sam (2015) Operation of adoptive green building assessment tools-case study. [Working Paper] (Unpublished) (doi:

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Purpose– The rising interest in the use of green building assessment tools (GBATs) as means of promoting sustainable construction has heightened the adoption of some well-established tools for use in other contexts. The role of the adoptive tools in minimising the hassle of developing GBATs in countries that are not able to develop their own cannot be overemphasised. However, more recently, the literature has emerged that offers contradictory findings about the contribution of these adoptive tools in addressing sustainability in the new contexts. However, the research to date has tended to focus on improving the performance rather than the way they are operated. Design/methodology/approach–This paper examines the operating criteria of the Green Star (GS) tool in its original and adoptive countries (Australia and South Africa (SA) respectively to identify any implications caused in the South Africa context. The focus however, is on the facilitation, accreditation and implementation cost criteria based on the online resources. Findings–One of the key findings in this synopsis is that, the GS-SA operating criteria tend to marginalise building projects and practitioners in the informal sector particularly with regard to the accreditation system employed. Originality/value –Besides the recommendations on how to address the issues, the study provides a conceptual framework on which future empirical studies on improving the operating criteria by the GBCSA and its next generation tools, such as the GBC Ghana, could be based.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment criteria, green building, green-star-South Africa, operating criteria, sustainable construction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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