Can the act of designing and building promote equitable living?

The concept of triple bottom line sustainability, a balance of economic, environmental, and social concerns is the cornerstone of many green building initiatives.

Little has been done to calculate and measure the social sustainability of construction projects. The Social Impact of Buildings Rating System is a proposed evaluation method that quantifies social sustainability in an easily accessible tool. This social sustainability rating system is intended to focus on the shared benefits and impacts that a project might have on the proposed neighborhood, workforce, and residents during and following a construction project. The rating system is divided into four categories of community impact, quality of life, social equity in the project design, and operations of the projects users once the project is completed. Specific credits have been identified in each category with a concise description of the issue that the credit is intended to address, the requirements for achieving the credit, and potential strategies for incorporating social sustainability into a project.

AIA Cincinnati Architectural Advancement Award

Successful in helping national USGBC action

Client
Social Impact of Building
Year
2008
Project contact
Shawn Hesse
sustainability consultant
617 682 0262
The old "Triple Bottom Line" model
The new "Triple Bottom Line" model

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