To develop adaptable and context sensitive building rating systems, the present work aimed to evaluate four rating systems that emergedrecently in the Middle East. Literature review and cross comparison analysis showed that the four examined rating systems namely, GreenPyramid Rating System (Egypt), Green Building Standard SI 5281 (Israel), Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) and PearlBuilding Rating System (UAE) are not enough adopted to local environmental, cultural, historical, societal and economic context. They showedalso a comparable similarity since they all imitate the American LEED and British BREEAM rating systems. The paper elaborates on thecomparison results and presents recommendations to improve the questioned rating systems and remind designers with the principles and strategiesof sustainable design that goes beyond the existing rating systems in hot climate. The evaluation of the four systems might provide a new approachfor regional harmonization among the four systems and the development of adaptable and context sensitive rating system.
Citation: First International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates, Doha, Qatar, February 2014
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