The construction industry should operate more sustainably; that is the declared objective. Various sustainable construction evaluation systems have been developed to promote this project.
The following systems have proven to be relevant over the years:
LEED Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
This is an evaluation system for ecological construction developed by the Green Building Council in 1998. It has major international significance, especially in Asia and the Middle East and is based on BREEAM.
A LEED evaluation can be sought for new and existing buildings, schools, hospitals and residential buildings. Buildings can be classified into 4 levels of quality.
BREEAM Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology
This is the oldest evaluation system and originated from the UK. It assesses ecological and socio-cultural aspects. Assessment is based on the system of "benchmarking"; the best products and procedures obtain the highest score.
DGNB German Sustainable Building Certificate
This is an evaluation system that considers ecological, economic, socio-cultural and technical qualities as well as planning and management. The assessment / building award follows three levels ("Bronze", "Silver" and "Gold").
Its criteria have been mandatory for public buildings of the Federal Republic of Germany since 2011.
Further evaluation systems are Minergie in Switzerland, HQE in France, CASBEE in Japan and Estidama in UAE.