[Re] Measuring [LEED] sustainability: from a global rating system to tropical specificity

Díaz-Lamboy, E., Mendoza, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-1349-9758 and Souto, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-0110-0137, 2017. [Re] Measuring [LEED] sustainability: from a global rating system to tropical specificity. In: L. Brotas, S. Roaf and F. Nicol, eds., Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference, Design to Thrive, Edinburgh, 2-5 July 2017. Volume 1. Edinburgh: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Building, pp. 401-408. ISBN 9780992895754

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This paper explores the applicability of the LEED certification system through the case study of Puerto Rico (P.R.), a United States (U.S.) Commonwealth island in the Caribbean, where LEED has become widely recognized as a standard because of the geopolitical relationship with the mainland. Although LEED is used internationally, it was initially developed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a tool to measure building performance in a modern American urban environment with temperate climate, a steady economy and easy access to technology. Furthermore, regionalization strategies such as Regional Priority Credits (RPCs) and Alternate Compliance Paths (ACPs), do not address the sociocultural reality of many regions. Therefore, the focus of this research is to analyse what indicators should be added, modified or substituted to develop a revised LEED model for the specific sociocultural context of P.R.? A mixed methods research will be used to compare LEED criteria with Sustainable Assessment Systems (SAS) such as the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, the Living Building Challenge and SB Tool. Also, SAS in tropical countries such as Singapore (BCA Green Mark), Costa Rica (RESET) and India (TERI-GRIHA) will be examined. Case studies will be analysed with a main focus in Schools.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Díaz-Lamboy, E., Mendoza, M. and Souto, A.
Publisher: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Building
Place of Publication: Edinburgh
Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780992895754
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Oct 2017 12:37
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 12:37
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31866

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