This study will develop a comprehensive and integrated assessment model, based on the services delivered by green infrastructure, in respect to the life span of its components. This model will provide a robust framework (composite indices) for sustainability and associated measurement strategies. It will establish a framework for a rating tool validation for industry partners and stakeholders.
The value of this study for industry partners is the ability to evaluate the overall performance of the entire project. This includes the green buildings and infrastructure projects associated with green infrastructure from the design to the ongoing performance during their life cycle. In addition, the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating tool can be improved by this research in categories relating to landscape ecology, carbon and energy, people and place. This research project can be used to map, review and revise these categories through stakeholders’ contribution. The outcome will help assessors to gain higher rating scores for infrastructure projects that will result in higher financial performance and enhanced shareholders’ value.