Sustainability Assessment Methods for the Gulf Region

Khalid Kamil Sabie, Adrian Pitts, Richard Nicholls

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This paper describes the development of a sustainability assessment framework designed to be used in the Gulf Region, which is an area which has experienced large scale building development and also a region in which sustainability assessment is not yet widely used. The complexity and time resources needed to apply existing methods act as a deterrent to active use. Three well-known methods available at the time of the study were investigated in some detail. These were: BREEAM Gulf; Green Building Council LEED; and Estidama Pearl. Cross comparisons of the factors involved in each method were carried out on several levels including: theoretical comparison; practical development and usability; compliance with regulations and standards; and ability to achieve synchronization. A considerable degree of compatibility was found to exist between the methods, particularly if focused on key criteria. As a result a new and specific framework was developed which grouped 24 indicators under five principal headings: site/location, biodiversity and accessibility; energy; water; occupant well-being; and resources and wastes. This new framework was then evaluated by testing with practitioners resulting in confirmation of 20 out of the 24 indicators, and identification of suitable benchmarks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2014 Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Habitat for Developing Societies
EditorsRajan Rawal, Sanyogita Manu, Nirmala Khadpekar
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789383184033
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
EventPassive and Low Energy Architecture Conference 2014: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies - Ahmedabad, India
Duration: 16 Dec 201418 Dec 2014


ConferencePassive and Low Energy Architecture Conference 2014
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2014


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