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Green vs. sustainability performance assessment: a case study of an office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Shari, Zalina and Soebarto, Veronica (2012) Green vs. sustainability performance assessment: a case study of an office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia. In: 28th PLEA International Conference "Opportunities, Limits and Needs - Towards and Environmentally Responsible Architecture" (PLEA 2012), 7-9 Nov. 2012, Lima, Peru. .


Building performance assessment systems (BPASs) are emerging rapidly in many countries with different emphasis and scope of assessment. This paper seeks to find out whether a building design which scores high when assessed by an environmental-focused BPAS would also produce high scores if assessed by a BPAS which is based on a balanced and holistic concept of sustainability. Two BPASs were applied on a case study office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia, namely: 1) Singapore’s Green Mark Scheme, an existing environmental-focused BPAS actually used to rate the green performance of the case study building in reality; and 2) Malaysia Office Building Sustainability Assessment (MOBSA) framework, developed by the author in a three-year research as a means to assess the sustainability performance (environmentally, socially and economically) of office buildings in Malaysia. The study found that the building achieved a very high overall score in terms of its environmental design performance but scored lower when social- and economic-related criteria at the scale broader than the building itself were also taken into consideration and appropriately weighted. It appears that a more comprehensive BPAS, embracing the whole concept or three dimensions of sustainability, is crucial to be introduced and implemented in Malaysia, in priority to, or alongside with, single-dimensional BPASs.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design and Architecture
Keywords: Office; Environmental performance; Sustainability performance; Building performance assessment system; Emerging/developing countries; Malaysia
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 08:25
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2018 08:25
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/59761
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