CASBEE for Cities
CASBEE: Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environment Efficiency
CASBEE for Cities is a rating system for evaluating the environmental performance of cities. It helps to identify the environmental, social, and economic characteristics of a city and quantify the effectiveness of its policies. The intent of this rating system is providing effective rating information to the administrative officers and other stakeholders so that they can share a common understanding regarding the current state of cities and cooperate in order to create a low-carbon society.
CASBEE was developed by a research committee established in 2001 as part of a joint industrial/government/academic project. Maybe it is a non profit rating system,
CASBEE for Cities quantitatively evaluates (estimates) the effectiveness of city policies and presents the results in an easy-to-understand format. This tool helps administrative officers and other stakeholders to share a common understanding of the current state of cities and cooperate in setting and pursuing goals in order to create a low-carbon society.
Q.1 Environmental (35 credits)
Q.2 Social (126 credits)
Q.3 Economic (36 credits)
Registration to CASBEE website is necessary to become an accredited professional and able to use the system.
The CASBEE assessment tools were developed on the basis of the following three principles- 1. Comprehensive assessment throughout the life cycle of the building 2. Assessment of the Built Environment Quality and Built Environment Load 3. Assessment based on the newly developed Built Environment Efficiency (BEE) indicator. The city performance (BEE of the city) is the result between the city quality score (Environmental, Social and Economic aspect) over the city score for load (CO2 emissions per capita per year) There are five award grades, expressed on a five star basis: Superior: S (BEE”e3.0 and Q”e50), Very Good: A (BEE”e1.5), Good: B+ (BEE”e1.0), Slightly Poor: B- (BEE”e0.5) Poor: C (BEE<0.5).
Kind of projects targeted
The users of this tool can understand the actual condition of their cities and progress toward achieving global SDGs. Such visualization of city status would help tool users in detecting the problems which to be urgently solved in their cities and make them more livable and sustainable
There is also the CASBEE-UD (CASBEE for Urban Development), which is developed for partial or whole groups of buildings and it focuses on the phenomena that can occur as a result of building conglomeration. It is also a standalone system, independent of the building-scale CASBEE. CASBEE-UD excludes the interior of buildings from assessment (although there are exceptions in some assessment items). Therefore, this configuration makes it possible to use CASBEE-UD to assess a development area as a whole, while building-scale CASBEE assesses the environmental performance of individual buildings within the designated area. Check: http://www.ibec.or.jp/CASBEE/english/toolsE_urban.htmhttp://www.ibec.or.jp/CASBEE/english/document/CASBEE_news_release_E_151202.pdfhttp://www-iam.nies.go.jp/aim/event_meeting/2015_cop21_japan/file/03_casbee.pdfhttp://fidic.org/sites/default/files/R%26C%20CASBEE%20-%20final%20v2.pdf
Tool Details Description
CASBEE for Cities is a rating system for evaluating the environmental performance of cities. It helps to identify environmental, social, and economic characteristics of a city and quantify the effectiveness of its policies. Intent of this rating system is providing effective rating information to the administrative officers and other stakeholders so that they can share a common understanding regarding the current state of cities and cooperate in order to create a low-carbon society.
Tool details how it works
The CASBEE assessment was developed in accordance with three main concepts: (1) Evaluating a built environment through its entire lifecycle, (2) Evaluating a built environment from the two aspects of quality and environmental load, (3) Evaluating a built environment according to the Built Environment Efficiency (BEE). BEE is an assessment index, which was newly developed based on the idea of eco-efficiency.
Tool details outcome
The evaluation process resulting of the application of this rating system is divided into five grades; Excellent (S), Very Good (A), Good (B+), Fairly Poor (B-) and Poor (C), with each grade represented by a certain BEE value. Besides the certification, the application of CASBEE for Cities can also help in understanding the actual conditions of cities and their progress toward more sustainable development.
Tool details sustainability
- Q.1 Environmental (35 credits);
- Q.2 Social (126 credits);
- Q.3 Economic (36 credits)
Tool details web links
http://www.ibec.or.jp/CASBEE/english/index.htm, http://www.ibec.or.jp/CASBEE/english/toolsE_city.htm, http://www.ibec.or.jp/CASBEE/english/document/CASBEE_news_release_E_151202.pdf, http://www-iam.nies.go.jp/aim/event_meeting/2015_cop21_japan/file/03_casbee.pdf
Tool details addl info
- Users of the tool – Project Team, Developers, Public Authorities
- Phase when the tool applies – Design, Construction, Operation
- Geographic application – 47 cities around the world in 22 countries- Not specified