Indicators for quantifying Environmental Building Performance: A systematic literature review

Esmir Maslesa*, Per Anker Jensen, Morten Birkved

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    Buildings as products are complex structures with a long service life compared to most other products and they induce considerable environmental impacts throughout their life cycle. The Environmental Building Performance (EBP) depends on attributes like building design, selection of building materials, building location, as well as operation and maintenance. This article provides the accumulated scientific knowledge on how to quantify EBP by a systematic literature review. Such knowledge is valuable for decision-makers and facilities managers in the process of implementing an environmental strategy and focusing on improving EBP. The review includes 69 articles that cover three research topics relating to EBP: I) indicator categories, II) building types and III) assessment methods. The results show that the environmental impacts are higher for non-residential buildings, and that the building use stage has significantly higher environmental impacts than the other stages. Relating to that, the article identifies eight main categories for quantifying EBP and discusses two methods for assessing EBP.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Building Engineering
    Pages (from-to)552-560
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Building performance
    • Environmental Performance
    • Energy
    • Facilities management
    • Life cycle assessment


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