Built Environment

The Built Environment

The operation of buildings alone represents around 40% of energy use in many developed economies. Reducing energy use and transitioning towards zero greenhouse emissions in the built environment is therefore critical to sustain the Earth’s ecosystems. These tools will help your business to understand and assess the environmental performance of your buildings.

Name Description Resource Link Cost
SBTool SBTool is a generic framework for rating the sustainable performance of buildings and projects. It may also be thought of as a toolkit that assists local organizations to develop local SBTool rating systems;

Useful for Startups and companies >2 yrs

Application: Company

IISBE Free Excel
CASBEE Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) is a method for evaluating and rating the environmental performance of buildings and the built environment. It is a comprehensive assessment of the quality of a building, evaluating features such as interior comfort and scenic aesthetics, in consideration of environment practices that include using materials and equipment that save energy or achieve smaller environmental loads.The CASBEE assessment is ranked in five grades: Superior (S), Very Good (A), Good (B+), Slightly Poor (B-) and Poor (C).Has scales from house to city.

Useful for Startups and companies >2 yrs; Investors; political community.

Application: Product, service

Social Value Portal The Social Value Portal has been designed to bridge the gaps in our collective knowledge, to become ‘the place’ where Business comes to learn about social value; understand public sector targets; listen to communities and meet third sector providers in order to promote better business and community wellbeing. Their National TOMs framework is great for developers to define and deliver social value on built environment projects.

Useful for Startups and companies >2 yrs; Investors; political community; Procurement

Application: Product, Service and company level

Social Value Portal The National TOMs framework is free to use
BREEAM BREEAM’s sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings recognises and reflects value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment.

Useful for Startups and companies >2 yrs; Investors; political community; Procurement

Application: Product, Service and company level

Skanska Skanska, one of the UK’s leading contractors, helps to construct, upgrade and maintain the country’s buildings and infrastructure. Skanska UK has produced a special report about its low carbon approach.

Useful for Startups and companies >2yrs; investors, political community; procurement 

Skanska Free