Chapter 13

Key Characteristics of Top Performing Sustainable Buildings from the Perspective of the Users

George Baird,    School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract

With an overall mission of obtaining an independent unbiased evaluation of their performance, the author has surveyed and analyzed the users’ perceptions of a world-wide set of thirty-one sustainable commercial and institutional buildings located in a range of climatic zones. The ‘top ten’ buildings, in terms of an overall ‘Summary Index’, were identified. In this chapter, these buildings are examined in more depth, and their key features identified. These include having a client and designers committed to sustainability and energy efficiency, the ...

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