DBPapers
DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s20.v5003

A SLOVAK ENVIRONMENTAL RATING TOOL FOR BUILDINGS

E. K. BURDOVA, S. VILCEKOVA, O.KRIDLO, R. NAGY, J. HIRES
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 5, 13 - 20 pp

ABSTRACT

Sustainability assessment of buildings can be defined as a specific complex of
proceedings oriented towards systematic and objective evaluation of a building’s
performance. These processes lead to the design, construction and operation of
buildings with respect to criteria for sustainable development. The integrated
assessment is not only a tool for control, but also a tool of sustainable building design.
The purposes of assessments from environmental, economic and social aspects and
indicators are due to the determination of real building states from a safety and
reliability point of view, the possibility of building comparisons, the effect of
environmental buildings potential and the proposal of measures resulting in sustainable
buildings. These indicators are included in building environmental assessment systems
and tools used in different countries for evaluating the integrated building performance.
In recent years the evaluation of building performance in terms of environmental, social
and economic aspects has become a topic of discussion in the Slovak Republic, as well.
This topic is often discussed by architects, designers and developers. The new building
environmental assessment system (BEAS) has been developed at the Institute of
Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Košice. The systems and tools
used in many countries have been the foundation of the new system development
applicable under Slovak conditions, mainly the SBTool. The BEAS has been developed
for the preliminary stages of the life cycle, i.e. pre-design and design. This system
contains six main fields and 52 indicators. The main fields and determining indicators of
BEAS are based on the available information analysis from particular fields and also on
one’s own experimental experience. The proposed fields and indicators respect and
adhere to Slovak standards, rules, studies and experiments. The fields and indicators are
proposed on the base of available experience database analysis from integrated
performance of buildings. The presented paper introduces the building environmental
assessment system developed in Slovakia. The aim is however a weighting and analysis
of significance of main fields and indicators of assessment using multi-criteria analysis
and formal concept analysis to measure the quality of buildings in the Slovak republic.

Keywords: building environmental assessment, rating tool, sustainable buildings,
Slovakia