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Simply GREEN

A quick guide to energy and environmental assessment certifications of buildings


Authors: Daniel OlssonCatrin Heincke and Conny Nilsson

Publisher: Swegon Air Academy

Price:  € 10

Language: English



A quick guide to the international environmental classification schemes, written in an intelligible way. Target groups are real estate owners and all persons who want to know more about the building certification systems.

In total, the book describes thirteen certification systems of which four are only covered very briefly. The authors believe that this book will be used primarily for orientation purposes and as a basis for helping to decide which system to use.



This book Simply GREEN presents an overview of all main global and some national environmental and energy assessment systems. In words of Professor Emeritus Brian Edwards: “In this publication I am struck by the way a complex field is reduced to simple language and straightforward principles and facts. Too often building certification is mired by excessive technical description and construction jargon. In the spirit of knowledge sharing and technological exchange, Swegon Air Academy has served Europe’s construction industry well by funding this simple GREEN guide to environmental and energy certification.”

In addition, this book discusses six environmental and three purely energy-based certification systems along with fourth briefly discussed certification systems:

  1. the British BREEAM Assessment Method
  2. the US LEED Rating System
  3. the German DGNB Certification System
  4. the Australian Green Star Rating System
  5. the Swedish Miljöbyggnad system
  6. the French HQE system
  7. the European Green Building Programme
  8. the Swiss Minergie Building Standard
  9. the German Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard
  10. the Japanese CASBEE assessment system
  11. the Indian IGBC rating system
  12. the US ENERGY STAR program
  13. and the French Effinergie system


Foreword for the book, sample chapters free for download and interesting articles about the book

Article by Daniel Olsson (April 14, 2014) on Zertifizierungssysteme im Vergleich: Betrachtung und Vergleich der Beurteilungsparameter in German language, published in TAB 4/2014

Quotation in Green Lease: Launchpad for Green Techs and Energy Efficiency. Energy efficient and healthy buildings, report no5 from REHVA Workshops at CLIMA 2013 by Frank Hovorka, V.N. Tiet and Maija Virta

Article by Daniel Olsson on Multiple choice in environmental certification systems, also published in Journal CIBSE October 2013

German Passive House (Passivhus) Standard in French language (November 7, 2013)

Article by Daniel Olsson on Wide variations in how parameters are regarded in environmental certification systems, published in Journal REHVA May 2013

Another Presentation (May 20, 2013) by on Simply GREEN – Certification in a nutshell! Presentation for CONFERENCE on Chalmers Energy 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Presentation (May 15, 2013) by Daniel Olsson on Overview of classification systems (in Swedish) for www.svenskenergi.se

Chapters for download (January 31, 2013):

Contents of Simply GREEN

Foreword by Brian Edwards (Chapter of Simply GREEN)

US LEED Rating System (Chapter from Simply GREEN)

German Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard (Chapter from Simply GREEN)

Swedish Miljöbyggnad system (Chapter from Simply GREEN)


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