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The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) aims to provide a framework and leadership to accelerate the transformation of the built environment, and the associated industries, to sustainable models based on accepted scientifi c principles of sustainability. IGBC members have highlighted building environmental assessment as one of the most pertinent issues to be addressed in the achievement of that objective, and consequently an IGBC Members Task Group was formed to advance the topic. This Task Group proposed that an exploratory study be undertaken to provide independent analysis and information to support future decision-making.

Aim
The aim of the study is to provide the IGBC Interim Board and Members with current international context, application and appraisal of building environmental assessment systems in order to inform discussions on the implementation of environmental assessment in Ireland, and as a fi rst step in a process that will provide a recommendation on the utilisation of environmental assessment methods in Ireland.

Methodology
The study was undertaken by Vivienne Brophy, UCD Energy Research Group, University College Dublin. Members of the IGBC Task Group 2, and in particular, Pat Barry, provided information and support. Sarah Brophy and Ciara Grace assisted with data collection.


CONTENTS

Summary
Context
Aim
Methodology
Key findings
Implementing environmental assessment effectively for Ireland
ABBREVIATIONS

1. EVALUATING ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
  1.1 Increasing environmental awareness
  1.2 Building environmental assessment
  1.3 Commonly used building environmental assessment methods
  1.4 International growth in building environmental assessment
  1.5 Current scope and value of building environmental assessment
  1.6 Development of a common building environmental assessment methodology
  1.7 Building environmental assessment and Green Public Procurement (GPP)
  1.8 Building environmental assessment future development and growth

2. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT METHODS
  2.1 Evaluation of signifi cant environmental assessment methods
  2.2 Evaluation of BREEAM, DGNB, LEED and Living Building Challenge (LBC) systems
  2.3 Building Environmental Assessment Method for Ireland (IBEAM) Framework
  2.4 Localisation of environmental assessment methods
  2.5 Green Building Councils and environmental assessment

3. IRELAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
  3.1 Environmental policy, legislation and standards
  3.2 Public sector and building environmental assessment
  3.3 Private sector and building environmental assessment
  3.4 User experience of environmental assessment in Ireland
  3.5 Implementing environmental assessment effectively for Ireland

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