Climate Adaptation Tools for Sustainable Settlements (CATSS)

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Within the Climate Adaptation Tools for Sustainable Settlements (CATSS) project, a number of tools were selected for individual assessment review.

Assessment review sheets incorporate material from previously published reviews, independent research and interviews with tool developers and/or representatives of relevant stakeholder organisations undertaken during the course of this project.

Comparative analysis of performance of tools against review criteria was conducted on the basis of available information at the time of publication.

Web links – active at the time of report publication - are provided below for further detailed information and/or contact with relevant tool developers and organizations, where applicable.


List of Currently Identified CATs

review assessments being uploaded - access via links to the right

Australian – existing

  1. Envirodevelopment (Urban Development Institute of Australia, QLD.)                                                 [review]

  2. HIA Greensmart  (Housing Industry Association)                                                                                 [review]

  3. Liveable Neighbourhoods (Department of Planning & Infrastructure, WA)                                          [review]

  4. Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit  (ICLEI Oceania)                                              [review]

  5. Smart Growth Assessment Tool (City of Waneroo, WA)                                                                       [review]

  6. STEPS Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance Strategy
    (Moreland City Council, VIC)


Australian – under development

  1. AGIC Sustainability Rating Tool for Infrastructure (Australian Green Infrastructure Council)                  [review]

  2. East Lake Planning Tool –
    Integrated Sustainability Assessment Platform (CSIRO & ACT Planning & Land Authority)

  3. Ecological Footprint Model (South Australian Land Management Corporation)                                       [review]             

  4. EPRA Sustainability Assessment Tool (East Perth Redevelopment Authority & GHD, WA)                       [review]    

  5. GBCA Green Star Communities Framework tool
    (Green Building Council of Australia & VicURBAN, VIC)

  6. Integrated Model for Urban Sustainability (University of South Australia)

  7. LESS Local Area Envisioning & Sustainability Scoring system (HASSELL)                                                [review] 

  8. PRECINX project (Landcom, NSW)                                                                                                          [review]

  9. Sustainability Modelling Framework SMF
    (South Australian Land Management Corporation)

  10. Sustainable Community Rating Tools (VicURBAN)

  11. Sustainability Management System (Department of Planning & Infrastructure WA)

  12. Urban IT model (City Futures Research Centre)


International – existing

  1. Adaptation Wizard (UK Climate Impacts Programme)

  2. ASPIRE (Arup International & Engineers against Poverty)

  3. BREEAM Communities (BRE Global UK)

  4. BREEAM (BRE Global UK)

  5. CASBEE UD (Japan Sustainable Building Council)

  6. CASBEE UD+ (Japan Sustainable Building Council)

  7. CRISP Framework (EC Thematic Network)

  8. DPSIR (United Nations Environment Program)

  9. European Urban Audit (EU Initiative)

  10. Green Plan (City of Guelph)

  11. GreenPrint (BRE, UK)

  12. IRM Integrated Resources Management tool (ARUP International)

  13. LEED ND (Green Building Council, USA)

  14. Manchester Guide to Development (Manchester City Council, UK)

  15. Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework (Beacon Pathway, NZ)

  16. PLACE3S (California, Oregon & Washington State Energy Commissions, USA)

  17. PlanSmart NJ (New Jersey, USA)

  18. PPDS Precinct Planning & Design Standard (Green Globe, Earthcheck)

  19. SPARTACUS System for Planning in Towns & Cities for Urban Sustainability
    (European Commission consortium)

  20. SPeAR Sustainable Project Appraisal Routine (ARUP International)                                                       [review]

  21. SSIM Sustainable Systems Integrated Model (AECOM)                                                                         [review]

  22. Sustainable City Program of Vancouver (City of Vancouver, Canada)

  23. Sustainability Planning Toolkit (ICLEI USA)

  24. Sustainable Sites Initiative (Green Building Council & Partners, USA)

  25. Sustainable Urban Landscapes – Site Design Manual for BC Communities
    (University of British Columbia)

  26. TUSC Tools for Urban Sustainability Code of Practice
    (Synergine & Waitakere City Council, NZ)

  27. UNEP Yearbook (United Nations Environment Programme)   


International – under development

  1. BCA Green Mark for Parks (Singapore Building & Construction Authority)

  2. BioCity Health Index (McGregor Coxall, NSW)

  3. Bristol Development Framework (Bristol City Council)

  4. Local Climate Change Visioning Project
    (Centre for Advanced Landscape Planning, Vancouver, Canada)

  5. LUSH Programme Landscaping for Urban Projects & High Schools
    (Singapore Building & Construction Authority)

  6. SEAT Subdivision Energy Analysis Tool
    (California Energy Commission PIER Programme)

  7. Singapore Index on Cities’ Biodiversity CBI
    (Singapore National Parks Board)

  8. STAR Community Index  (ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA,
    U.S. Green Building Council & the Centre for American Progress)

  9. SUE-MoT (Dundee, Glasgow, Caledonian,
    Loughborough & St. Andrews Universities consortium)


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Full Report (June 2010) - download PDF here


AILA's Climate Change Adaptation Skills for Professionals Program 2008 - 2010 and the Climate Adaptation Tools for Sustainable Settlements (CATSS) program (2009-2010) have been assisted by the Australian Government through The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.