Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Construction Management

First Advisor's Name

Wallied Orabi

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Yimin Zhu

Third Advisor's Name

M. Emre Bayraktar


Green Building, Building Certification Systems, Building Sustainability, Sustainability Performance

Date of Defense



The attention on green building is driven by the desire to reduce a building’s running cost over its entire life cycle. However, with the use of sustainable technologies and more environmentally friendly products in the building sector, the construction industry contributes significantly to sustainable actions of our society. Different certification systems have entered the market with the aim to measure a building’s sustainability. However, each system uses its own set of criteria for the purpose of rating.

The primary goal of this study is to identify a comprehensive set of criteria for the measurement of building sustainability, and therefore to facilitate the comparison of existing rating methods. The collection and analysis of the criteria, identified through a comprehensive literature review, has led to the establishment of two additional categories besides the 3 pillars of sustainability. The comparative analyses presented in this thesis reveal strengths and weaknesses of the chosen green building certification systems - LEED, BREEAM, and DGNB.





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