Sustainable building certifications – also known as green building rating tools – are used to assess and recognise buildings which meet certain sustainability requirements or standards.
Building certifications recognise and reward companies and organisations who build and operate greener buildings, thereby encouraging and incentivising them to push the boundaries on sustainability.
They kick-start the market by setting standards that in turn elevate the ambition of government building codes and regulation, workforce training, and corporate strategies.
Certifications vary in their approach and can be applied to the planning and design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and eventual demolition phases of a building.
Sustainable building certifications can also differ in the type of buildings they are applied to, with specific tools or subsets of tools used for different building types such as homes, commercial buildings, or even whole neighbourhoods.