Comparative aspects

Adaptive method

Other assessment methods

The main assessment fields


Express the three Main environmental equilibrium relationships associated with the buildings performance.

Different environmental issues with no connection among them, except for CASBEE and the methods based on it (which connect its fields’ expression according to the BEE indicator).a


The three environmental equilibrium relationships Include all environmental functions that are or may be associated by the Green Architecture, without overlooking any of them.

Some of the Green Architecture principles may be overlooked in order to focus on specific environmental issues that represent for some countries the most important ones.


Unified for different places and building characteristics.

Varies between the different assessment methods depending on the priorities related to the producing countries and the specialist’s view of each.b

Unified over the time.

Can be changed for the same method over the time by adding, removing, merging, and separating them depending on different newcomers of their importance, leading to difficulty of a fair comparison between the results every time.c

The additional assessment field


Complementary field to include any additional and innovative items.

Appeared in most of methods to assess innovations in particular, and didn’t appear in some others, such as GBC.

Assessing scores

The additional Items’ scores vary according to the expert’s determination depending on place, time and building characteristics.

The parallel assessment scores for its included items are fixed.


There is no maximum limit for the final score of the additional field to encourage innovation, and there is no maximum number of the new assessed features, elements or relationships

There is a maximum limit for the final score, and a maximum number for the accepted innovations.

Relation with the main assessment fields

The additional items’ weights are set using mathematical relationships with the associated items included in the main fields, to reflect the relative importance of their existence and application depending on their related item’s importance.

There is no relation between the additional innovation field and the other assessment fields.