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Type: Conference paper
Title: Green vs. sustainability performance assessment: a case study of an office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Author: Shari, Z.
Soebarto, V.
Citation: Proceedings of the 28th PLEA Conference: Opportunities, Limits and Needs - Towards an Environmentally Responsibile Architecture, held in Lima, Peru, 7-9 November, 2012: pp.1-6
Publisher: Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru
Publisher Place: online
Issue Date: 2012
ISBN: 9786124057892
Conference Name: PLEA Conference (28th : 2012 : Lima, Peru)
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Zalina Shari and Veronica Soebarto
Abstract: Building performance assessment systems (BPASs) are emerging rapidly in many countries with different emphasis and scope of assessment. This paper seeks to find out whether a building design which scores high when assessed by an environmental-focused BPAS would also produce high scores if assessed by a BPAS which is based on a balanced and holistic concept of sustainability. Two BPASs were applied on a case study office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia, namely: 1) Singapore’s Green Mark Scheme, an existing environmental-focused BPAS actually used to rate the green performance of the case study building in reality; and 2) Malaysia Office Building Sustainability Assessment (MOBSA) framework, developed by the author in a three-year research as a means to assess the sustainability performance (environmentally, socially and economically) of office buildings in Malaysia. The study found that the building achieved a very high overall score in terms of its environmental design performance but scored lower when social- and economic-related criteria at the scale broader than the building itself were also taken into consideration and appropriately weighted. It appears that a more comprehensive BPAS, embracing the whole concept or three dimensions of sustainability, is crucial to be introduced and implemented in Malaysia, in priority to, or alongside with, single-dimensional BPASs.
Keywords: Office; environmental performance; sustainability performance; building performance assessment system; emerging/developing countries; Malaysia
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020127730
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