Sustainability assessment methods
As sustainability objectives in the built environment become more popular with decision makers, there is a need for verification of progress towards these goals. Landcare Research has experience with all forms of assessment at the building and neighbourhood scales, including commercially applied systems such as the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), GreenStar and LEED.
Our main research focus is on performance-based assessment, which allows widely acceptable comparisons both within New Zealand and on the global stage. The research extends across all spheres of sustainability, including environmental, economic, social and cultural objectives.
We are also investigating the process of sustainability-focused decision making and how assessment systems can aid in the consideration of all values and externalities associated with sustainability goals.