Journal of Research in Architecture & Planning
NED University of Engineering & Technology

ISSN 2519-5050 (Online), ISSN 1728-7715 (Print)
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  E. M. Erebor, F. M. Adedire & S. J. Chen

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Green rating systems for buildings are standardized measuring systems that quantify different buildings' sustainability levels. These have been proven to enhance the adoption of design methods that are less harmful to the environment, thereby making buildings environmentally, socially and economically viable in the long run. For any building to qualify as green certified, six crucial criteria need to be met, including the use of energy effectively, water use, sustainable sites, effective use of resources, operations while occupied resulting in its associated repair works while also considering the comfort levels of the building occupants. Several reasons might be responsible for non-availability of green building standards in Nigeria, including knowledge levels of the stated standards, an absence of regulatory policies, and an absence of clear certification standards in the country. The study seeks to identify green rating systems currently being used to access buildings globally and their current use in Nigerian building industry space assessment. This study aims to understand critical variables lacking towards attaining green building standards and certification of Nigerian houses. The study will also identify the use of an existing rating system in certifying a green building in Nigeria to highlight the levels of sustainability attained by the building and propose actions of improvements that will make green building ratings systems the norm while putting up a building to serve the various functions assigned in the Nigerian building construction space. A comprehensive literature review using search engines like Researchgate, Scopus and Google Scholar and articles found useful for the research spanning from 2008 to 2023 were included in study. The advantage of this study is that it serves as a reference for policymakers to effectively develop a green building policy for Nigeria. Secondly, it draws attention to building regulatory bodies for enforcing greening compliance building standards implementation within projects domiciled in the built environment. It also highlights advantages associated in terms of revenue generation for the respective bodies through payments for green rating systems applications in building construction projects. Thus, green building rating systems can increase sustainability levels of construction projects in the Nigerian built environment.


Green, Buildings, Rating, Systems, Built, Environment, Nigeria
Volume 33 Issue 2
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