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Sustainable Building Assessment Tool (South Africa)

The SBAT© was developed to relate strongly to the context of a developing country and is designed to support sustainable development. This is reflected in the assessment criteria and how the tool is to be used. The tool describes 15 sets of objectives, under the headings of economic, environmental and social, that should be aimed for in buildings. It suggests that the extent to which these objectives are achieved in buildings provide a simple, yet reasonably effective measure of the level of support for sustainable development.

Economic: Local economy, efficiency of use, adaptability & flexibility, ongoing costs, capital costs Environmental: Water, energy, waste, site, materials & components Social: Occupant comfort, inclusive environments, access to facilities, participation & control, education, health & safety