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Property-level environmental assessment tools for outdoor areas

development, analysis and comparison

Myhr, Ulla (2008). Property-level environmental assessment tools for outdoor areas. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Ultuna : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2008:38
ISBN 978-91-85913-71-89
[Doctoral thesis]

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There is an increasing interest for building environmental assessment tools in the society. These tools simultaneously consider differing aspects in the built environment although when the aspects most often are of various environmental significance. The structures of the tools i.e. offer a framework to deal with a lot of aspects at the same time. Many actors regard tools to be valuable support for decision making, marketing purposes, communication, and for gaining information. This thesis is focussing on tools that assess outdoor environments within the structure of building environmental assessment tools. There are two parts in the study. The first part is dealing with tool development; three tools in various levels were developed. One comprehensive tool, including both building and site; one tool for outdoor area assessment; and one tool for in-depth assessment of a single aspect of the outdoor environment, namely biodiversity. The second part is a comparative analysis of ten building environmental assessment tools. In the comparison of the tools, many differences were found. For example in scope, structure, metrics and the weighting procedure. All these differences are hindering the transparency of the tools and the comparability between various tools. In addition the concept use among the tools is not standardized. The fundamental values and presuppositions for tools have to be declared to reach more transparent tools for making comparison possible and reliable assessments that are societal accepted.

Authors/Creators:Myhr, Ulla
Title:Property-level environmental assessment tools for outdoor areas
Subtitle:development, analysis and comparison
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2008
Number of Pages:62
ALLI. Assefa, G., M. Glaumann, T. Malmquist, B. Kindembe, M. Hult, U. Myhr and O. Eriksson. 2007. Environmental assessment of building properties - Where natural and social sciences meet: The case of EcoEffect. Building and Environment 42:1458-1464. II. Myhr, U. and R. Johansson. 2007. EcoEffect for outdoor environments: The process of tool development. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2007.09.001. In press. III. Myhr, U. and R. Johansson. 2008. A comparative analysis of property-level building environmental assessment tools; outdoor assessment. Submitted paper. IV. Forsberg, O. and U. Myhr. 2008. EcoEffect Outdoors – Habitat Depletion: A Novel Tool for the Assessment of locally inflicted strain on biodiversity in Urban Properties. Submitted paper.
Place of Publication:Ultuna
ISBN for printed version:978-91-85913-71-89
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:urban areas, buildings, environmental impact, environmental impact assessment, biodiversity, evaluation, methods
Keywords:Outdoor assessment, building environmental assessment tool, method development
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ID Code:1765
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: Ulla Myhr
Deposited On:09 May 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:14

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