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TitleHealthcare building sustainability assessment tool - Sustainable effective design criteria in the Portuguese context
Author(s)Castro, M. F.
Mateus, Ricardo
Bragança, L.
KeywordsBuiding sustainability assessment
Healthcare buildings
Sustainable-Effective Design (SED)
Issue dateSep-2017
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
CitationCastro M. F., Mateus R., Bragança L. Healthcare Building Sustainability Assessment tool - Sustainable Effective Design criteria in the Portuguese context, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Vol. 67, pp. 49-60, doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2017.08.005, 2017
Abstract(s)Tools and methods to improve current practices and quality in the healthcare building sector are necessary to support decision-making at different building life cycle phases. Furthermore, Healthcare Building Sustainability Assessment (HBSA) Methods are based on criteria organised into different levels, such as categories and indicators. These criteria highlight aspects of significant importance when designing and operating a sustainable healthcare building. To bring more objectivity to the sustainability assessments, the standardisation bodies (CEN and ISO) proposed core indicators that should be used in the evaluation of the environmental, societal and economic performances of buildings. Nevertheless, relying on state of the art analysis, it is possible to conclude that there are aspects of major importance for the operation of healthcare buildings that are not considered in the HBSA methods. Thus, the aim of this paper is to discuss the context of sustainability assessment methods in the field of healthcare buildings and to present a proposal for the incorporation of Sustainable-Effective Design (SED) criteria in a new HBSA method. The used research method is innovative since in the development of the list of sustainability criteria it considers the opinion of main healthcare buildings' stakeholders, the existing healthcare assessment methods and the ISO and CEN standardisation works in the field of the methods to assess the sustainability of construction works. As a result, the proposed method is composed of fifty-two sustainability indicators that cover the different dimensions of the sustainability concept to support decision making during the design of a new or retrofitted healthcare building in urban areas.
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