What is AQSI?
AQSI is short for ‘Assessing and Qualifying on Social Impact of buildings’. AQSI is a tool to evaluate the social impact of buildings.
What is ‘social impact’?
Social impact is an ‘umbrella term’ for all aspects of a building that influences those who live, work or stay in that building or it’s . There are six themes: safety&security, health&comfort, maintenance, adaptability, accessibility and impact on the neighbourhood.
Why a separate tool for social impact?
Sustainability is all about People, Planet and Prosperity. Assessments of buildings generally are limited to energy-efficiency and preferred construction materials. Key issue is a solid business case. In that context the People-aspects are neglected?
What is AQSI based upon?
AQSI is based on the European Standard EN 16309,2014; ‘Sustainability of construction works – Assessment of social performance of buildings – Calculation methodology’. Although the title suggest it to be an calculation method, it is in the first place an very well-structured assessment method. Consequently the standard is rather conceptional. To meet with that limitation, AQSI is developed.
Who can use AQSI?
AQSI is meant to be used by professionals in the built environment: architects, consultants and proprietor.
Who owns AQSI?
AQSI is an open tool that was developed by the Nieman Group pursuant to an initiative by ROCKWOOL and together with the consumer organisation VACPunt Wonen. Nieman manages AQSI and makes the tool available to companies and institutions that wish to use it and give their input. Companies and institutions that wish to sign up to make a contribution to further fine-tuning this tool are most welcome. Since a diverse range is more important than a large number of companies in this respect, exclusiveness can be granted for the time being.

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