Sustainable neighbourhoods: Assessment tools for renovation and development
Blum, A. and Grant, M. (2006) Sustainable neighbourhoods: Assessment tools for renovation and development. Journal of International Research Publications: Ecology and Safety, 1. pp. 37-54. ISSN 1313-7999
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The main results of the of the European FP5 Project “Sustainable Renovation of Buildings for Sustainable Neighbourhoods” (HQE²R – Haute Qualité Environnementale et Economique Réhabilitation; http://hqe2r.cstb.fr) are a general approach and the necessary tools to promote sustainable development and quality of life on the crucial and likewise challenging level of urban neighbourhoods: The HQE²R toolkit for sustainable neighbourhood regeneration. This paper presents one of the major parts of the toolkit, the “HQE²R index and directory of assessment tools for the built environment”. After a short section on “What is a sustainable neighbourhood”, theoretical basics of the assessment of urban development projects are presented. The third part gives a brief description of selected examples of existing European evaluation approaches and certificates for sustainable construction on building and neighbourhood scale including an introduction to the HQE²R tools “INDI” (INDicator based sustainability Impact assessment), “ENVI” for environmental concerns and “ASCOT” for the estimation of sustainability related construction costs. The paper concludes with a summary of the assessment experience made within the demonstration neighbourhoods being partners within the project.
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