Over the past fifteen years, the construction industry has mobilized a serious response to the global sustainability challenge. This has led to diversity of efforts across the globe to develop building environmental assessment systems (BEAs), and many home-grown systems are in use today. There are currently more than forty BEA systems in use around the world. This paper examines the six best-known: BREEAM (UK), CASBEE (Japan), CEPAS (Hong Kong), Green Globes (Canada), LEED (USA), and SBTool (international). The authors also discuss two new systems, GBAS (China) and QSAS (Qatar), which attempt to adapt the lessons of these systems to local conditions.
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