Environmental Assessment of Buildings Through HQE® Method; Case study: a Three-Story Residential Apartment in 5th District of Isfahan



Nowadays, Sustainable Development (SD) has become one of the most important paradigms of the contemporary societies and all programs in various disciplines should coordinate their aims and approaches with its principles. But determining the degree of sustainability in different contexts has been one of the more challenging issues. According to the relative nature of sustainability, evaluation of sustainability needs to a set of Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) in order to achieving more realistic judgment. Preparing this set of indicators is one of the best methods of environmental assessment, which their comparison helps us to evaluate the actual situation and/or future's one. In this paper, after effectuating the above mentioned step on a residential apartmentin Isfahan through HQE® method, a set of indicators in two categories containing four groups of fourteen objectives are defined and then investigated. The results showed that only in the group of hygienic objectives the building reach hardly the note over the average and concerning other three groups of indicators the note is not satisfying. This type of evaluation firstly increases our awareness and sensitivity about the existing projects and helps us considerably to understand and analyze the actual situation. This is also a very important factor for any future intervention according to our objectives and aims.