Sustainable Building Rating and Indicator Systems

There are now many different rating and indicator systems for building sustainability so it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose and distinguish between these.

This presentation, therefore, goes back to first principles and focusses on 5 questions that can be applied to review systems to choose the one most suitable for your situation.

The 5 questions are:

  1. How does the system define sustainability?
  2. Does the system address your / local priorities?
  3. Does the system change behaviour as well as technical performance?
  4. Does the system help prepare the built environment for change?
  5. Is there an evidence base to confirm that the system will achieve the required levels of change?


Enhancing capabilities through targets and measurement

Yesterday, Eliud Kipchoge ran the marathon in under two hours. This is the first time this has ever been done. As well as the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly running shoes and 41 pace-makers, a support car beamed a green laser mark on the road in front of Kipchoge representing 20 seconds below the two-hour pace. So what time did Kipchoge run the marathon?

1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

This is a powerful lesson in how targets and indicators can be used to direct capabilities and enhance performance.

So, what do you want to achieve? How do define this as a clear target?

How then do you set out sub-targets which can be achieved on the way to achieving the overall targets?

How do get live feedback on these targets to keep you on track and focused?