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Review of Existing Evaluation Tools in Practice and Case Studies

The goals for the work package were to:
-Explore the consistency of tools used and look for good examples of tools,
-Explore how tools have related to decision-making,
-Identify knowledge-gaps and barriers for tools amongst decision-makers,
-Identify success and practical applicability of tools including transferability,
-Identify differences between tools available and tools used in practice.

60 case studies were identified and investigated. The cases include projects (limited in scale and time) and policies (continuous efforts for sustainable development in the whole sector), completed to ongoing, and operating on different scales (from building components to national strategy). PETUS partners to be good examples of tools in use have identified 10 of these case studies.

Information was collected from the case study projects through interviews and site visits using a PETUS developed procedure.

An overview of the main findings from the case studies (and PETUS meetings and discussions with end users) identified and considered in this work package are:
-In most cases, there are multiple tools in use at the same time.
-There are a mix of driving forces and motivations for using tools, as well as barriers to prevent a tools implementation.
-Tools are adjusted to the specific case (flexibility in relation to context). Tools used internationally have been designed to take local conditions into account.
-Decision-makers know little about existing tools and frameworks, but are at the same time seeking suitable tools. This indicates a large potential for developing better information and communication on available tools for end-users.
-There are some problems related to defining sustainability in practice, which might confuse communication between initiators and stakeholders. Therefore, practical definitions or understandings on sustainability are needed.
-There are many good examples of tools that have provided a more sustainable urban infrastructure. These examples can be used to demonstrate to end-users, and others, how tools can support sustainable infrastructure development in practice.
-Implementation of evaluation tools promotes public debate on urban sustainability by raising general awareness.

The results from the Review of Existing Evaluation Tools in Practice and Case Studies have fed into the development of the framework of practical evaluation tools for urban sustainability.

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BYG.DTU, b.118, DTU,
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