American Journal of Applied Sciences

Overview of Certification Methodologies for Sustainable Constructions of Brazilian Buildings

Vanessa Silva Pugliero, Lorenzo Campos Coiado, Lia Lorena Pimentel, Ana Elisabete Paganelli Guimarães de Avila Jacintho, Lia Toledo Moreira Mota and Alexandre de Assis Mota

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2015.216.221

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 12, Issue 3

Pages 216-221

Abstract

The terms “sustainable” and “environmentally-friendly” have been used in the construction industry field as a marketing appeal. The methodology to judge in which level a building is sustainable in Brazil is incipient, without orientation and hardly ever there is a diffusion of these methods inside Brazilian territory. Almost all developed countries have their appropriate certification methodology for sustainable constructions. Some of these methodologies could be adapted to developing countries. The aim of this work is to study the processes of environmental assessment in buildings that have been adapted in Brazil, comparing their parameters. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) imported from the United States and Alta Qualidade Ambiental (AQUA) adapted from HQE-France. Both methodologies were imported and adapted to the reality of Brazilian construction. It can be concluded that both certification processes qualitatively evaluate the specified parameters, such as energy, water and waste management, among others and need to be adapted to the countries where they will be applied, considering their specific climate conditions and legislations.

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© 2015 Vanessa Silva Pugliero, Lorenzo Campos Coiado, Lia Lorena Pimentel, Ana Elisabete Paganelli Guimarães de Avila Jacintho, Lia Toledo Moreira Mota and Alexandre de Assis Mota. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.