The iiSBE Urban Tool is a software platform that is designed to assess key performance indicators for urban neighbourhoods. The structure of the tool follows the concept developed in SBTool, a building performance assessment system ten years ago, which is a general framework that allows users to insert local context information and performance benchmarks, and to assess the performance of specific neighbourhoods. The system is used in 9 European cities and is now developed for other regions.

Implemented in

  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia

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Sectors of activity
Environmental Services, Water, Buildings and construction, Energy, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Civil society

150000 US$

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Nils Larsson

Executive Director

International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE)

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The main objective is to provide local government officials with methods and tools develop a full understanding of neighbourhood performance issues and their interaction, and to provide a platform for setting targets for future performance.


The European activities are organized by the Common European Sustainable Building Assessment (CESBA) group, an informal organization that consists of 9 European urban areas, with technical leadership provided by Architect Andrea Moro of iiSBE Italia. The activities outside of Europe are focused on Tokyo and Kaohsiung (Taiwan), and are currently being led by Nils Larsson of iiSBE.

The pilot neighbourhood assessments will be presented at the WSBE20 conference in Gothenburg in June 2020.

Impact and Results

It is too early to see impacts and results.

Next steps and how to get involved

For the CESBA process, contact Andrea Moro at .
For the process outside Europe, contact Nils Larsson at