A review of selected neighbourhood sustainability assessment frameworks using the Bellagio STAMP

Ayomikun Adewumi (Lead / Corresponding author), Vincent Onyango, Dumiso Moyo, Husam Al Waer

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Purpose: The neighbourhood sustainability assessment frameworks through which a proposed neighbourhood development can be evaluated against an array of sustainability indicators began to gain prominence in the first decade of the twenty-first century. However, how these frameworks align with the Bellagio STAMP is an area yet to be examined by existing studies to inform their better development and usage in the delivery of sustainable neighbourhoods. The purpose of this paper is to review selected neighbourhood sustainability assessment frameworks using the Bellagio STAMP with the aim of identifying areas for improvement, while also exploring the possibilities of adopting the Bellagio STAMP as a consensus approach and reference to sustainability assessment at the neighbourhood level. Design/methodology/approach: Adopting document analysis as a data collection method, the paper reviews BREEAM communities, LEED Neighbourhood Development, Pearl community rating system and Green Star communities using the Bellagio STAMP. Findings: Findings from the study revealed that some of the selected assessment frameworks align partially with the Bellagio STAMP in their development, while areas for improvement were identified. Research limitations/implications: The study recommends that the Bellagio STAMP could offer helpful guidelines and procedure in conceptualising sustainability assessment at the neighbourhood level especially in developing countries where such a framework is yet to be conceived. Originality/value: This study adds to the sustainability assessment literature by operationalising the Bellagio STAMP leading to its better understanding and application in sustainability assessment either in practice or in theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-118
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation
Issue number1
Early online date30 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2019


  • Bellagio STAMP
  • Consensus approach
  • Sustainability assessment frameworks
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Sustainable neighbourhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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