Applying the Sustainable Building Assessment Tool

The Applying the Sustainable Building Assessment Tool presentation was made at the Green Buildings Workshop being run by the Tshwane University of Technology. The lecture covered:

  • What is sustainability, and why is it important?
  • What are the implications for buildings?
  • Defining sustainability performance criteria for buildings – the Sustainable Building Assessment Tool
  • Examples from Zambia and other applications

The lecture raised some interesting discussions. Dynamic and system based representations of buildings that are useful in designing sustainable buildings were illustrated in the lecture and this raised questions on whether an Architect’s sole emphasis on static representations such as plans, sections and specifications was outdated.

In addition, the workshop demonstrated how the design and development of sustainable buildings often requires a more engaged and responsive role for architects. This lead to discussions on the current appointment and scope of work models that Architects use and whether these need to be revised.