Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for Buildings
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The Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) is a performance-based system developed for rating green buildings and infrastructures. The primary objective of GSAS is to create a sustainable built environment that minimizes ecological impacts and reduces resource use, considering the specific needs and context of the Middle East and North Africa regions (MENA). The system offers three different certifications: (1) GSAS Design & Build; (2) GSAS Construction Management; and (3) GSAS Operations. All certification procedures include an initial assessment followed by an audit.
GSAS Rating indicates the overall achievement of the project and is determined by summing up the individual scores of all criteria. GSAS Design & Build has six ratings based on number of stars ranging from 1 to 6. GSAS Construction Management has five ratings where “Class D” is the lowest and “Class A*” is the highest. GSAS Operations has five ratings with Bronze as the lowest and Diamond is the highest rating. The tool has a calculator, which is a unique and user-friendly computational tool developed to perform the required calculations to generate the criterion level.
Depending on the individual focus of the different certification types, the assessment evaluates aspects such as (non-exclusive list):
– Urban connectivity
– Environmental impacts on the site
– Material use
– Waste management
– Indoor & outdoor environment
– Cultural & economic value
– Management & operations
– Facility management