An assessment of the CASBEE sustainability certificate in the context of Brazilian urban projects

Rafael Carvalho de Souza

Luciene Eveline Semedo Vaz

Ana Lúcia Torres Seroa da Motta

ABSTRACT: In most studies, it has been taking into account the performance assessment of construction, without addressing or addressing insufficiently, the urban context in which it is inserted: the environment, the neighborhood, the city. As cause and consequence of this situation, many of the built environment promotion policies are directed solely to the construction, while larger scale projects are at the mercy of a few indicators, hampering the assessment work of funding agencies. These criteria have been defined by the various institutions that develop methods of environmental assessment, some of which granting certification to the enterprise. This paper aims to consider one of these methods, CASBEE method – Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency, administered by IBEC -Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation, based in Japan, the only one, so far, that assesses the scale of the city instead of the neighborhood/district scale. As a result, this paper presents the adjustments that must be made on some criteria of the method in question, so that it can be used in Brazilian context.

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