Comparison of sustainable community rating tools in Australia

Xia, Bo, Chen, Qing, Skitmore, Martin, Zuo, Jian, & Li, Mei (2015) Comparison of sustainable community rating tools in Australia. Journal of Cleaner Production, 109, pp. 84-91.

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The community is the basic unit of urban development, and appropriate assessment tools are needed for communities to evaluate and facilitate decision making concerning sustainable community development and reduce the detrimental effects of urban community actions on the environment. Existing research into sustainable community rating tools focuses primarily on those that are internationally recognized to describe their advantages and future challenges. However, the differences between rating tools due to different regional conditions, situations and characteristics have yet to be addressed. In doing this, this paper examines three sustainable community rating tools in Australia, namely Green Star-Communities PILOT, EnviroDevelopment and VicUrban Sustainability Charter (Master Planned Community Assessment Tool). In order to identify their similarities, differences and advantages these are compared in terms of sustainability coverage, prerequisites, adaptation to locality, scoring and weighting, participation, presentation of results, and application process. These results provide the stakeholders of sustainable community development projects with a better understanding of the available rating tools in Australia and assist with evaluation and decision making.

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ID Code: 87224
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Toward a Regenerative Sustainability Paradigm for the Built Environment: from vision to reality
Keywords: Sustainable community, Rating tool, Assessment, Comparison
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.016
ISSN: 0959-6526
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2015 02:11
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 01:43

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