building environmental impact Articles

  • The approach and countermeasures to solve water resource problems and reconstructing a good ecological environment in Yangtze Delta Region

    The Yangtze Delta Region is now suffering from a water resources crisis and ecological destruction. An integral solution to these problems is proposed in this paper. In this scheme, a dam is built at the mouth of Hangzhou Bay, which will provide a ca.40 billion m³ freshwater reservoir under the prerequisite of keeping normal the water level of Hangzhou Bay. The reservoir will connect with the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Software for Assessing the Environmental Impact of Buildings (´Envest´)

    This paper introduces and explains the concept behind ENVEST, the first UK software tool for estimating the lifecycle environmental impact of buildings. ENVEST is a tool that allows designers to consider the life cycle environmental impact of commercial buildings at the building inception stage. The tool, which has received an enthusiastic response from building designers, provides a holistic ...


    By BRE

  • Decision aiding related to maintenance of buildings: technical, economic and environmental aspects

    This paper describes a problem of investment related decisions taken at the stage of maintenance and usage of buildings and highlights its multidimensional character. Examples of the assessment of possible options of solutions of heating systems have shown which criteria can be taken into consideration when the options are compared. The paper presents procedures adopted while solving such ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Minimising environmental impacts of building materials in Singapore: role of architects

    By 2030, it is estimated that the earth's population will be ten billion. Significant quantities of resources will be required to provide buildings for this population. Questions concerning the capability of the earth to support such a large population have arisen. Moreover, the extraction and utilisation of these resources can have negative impacts on the environment. Efforts are underway to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Life Cycle Assessment applications in the building sector

    A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool has been developed to evaluate environmental impacts of building projects, from construction until demolition. The operation phase is essential, particularly energy processes: therefore LCA is linked to thermal simulation. Several alternatives can be studied. The results, in the form of environmental indicators (e.g., energy and water consumption, contribution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The management of environmental services in the City of Bologna

    This paper explores the debate around the pursuit of an integrated and participatory approach to environmental services within the Italian planning system, using the case of Bologna as a practical and innovative example. The Master Plan of Bologna, virtually unchanged since it was established in 1989, is not suited to dealing with the range of environmental issues evident today. The pursuit of an ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Cost of Going Green

    In this article we discuss the following topic that has been the talking point of developers, building owners and environmentalists in general.  How much does it really cost to go green?  This article will not only cover financial aspects of building green, but the social and environmental impacts that it brings as well.  Other key points covered: ...


    By GreenA Consultants

  • Tata Steel - The Business Case for Product Sustainability - Case Study

    The Business Case for Product Sustainability. Through LCA Tata Steel is able to understand the impacts and benefits across the life cycle. Using GaBi Software, Tata Steel’s sustainability team can build product models covering environmental impacts such as energy use, carbon emissions, water consumption and material usage. Life Cycle Assessment studies help Tata Steel understand ...


    By Sphera

  • Increasing energy efficiency in India by the use of green building

    Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from sitting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A contextual approach to environmental impact assessment

    This paper presents an environmental impact assessment method implemented in a computational tool for the environmental evaluation of building designs. The method is an extension of a traditional material-focused life cycle analysis (LCA), and is based on a spatial allocation for emissions and resource usage. The implementation described here uses a model of an evaluative environment, which ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Beyond LEED, Part 1

    Twenty years ago, few people recognized the need for concern about the negative environmental impact of building construction and the contribution that existing buildings make toward environmental pollution in the course of their regular, daily operations. Nevertheless, the damage done by the twentieth century’s burgeoning boon of construction was there for all to see: lost forests and wildlife ...


    By Full Sircle Farms

  • UNEP Report ‘Greening the building Supply Chain'

    UNEP Report ‘Greening the building Supply Chain’ Recently released, the United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) ‘Greening the Building Supply Chain’ report aims to tackle the sector’s oversized environmental footprint. There remains a relative lack of understanding about ...


    By IMS Consulting (Europe) Ltd

  • Sustainable tall buildings: toward a comprehensive design approach

    This paper presents a comprehensive design approach to sustainable tall buildings development. It argues that the true efficiency and success of tall buildings are heightened by their overall relationship with their urban setting and infrastructure. Tall and supertall buildings are mini–cities and their social, economic, and environmental impacts extend throughout the neighbourhood and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wincor Nixdorf - Case Study

    Life Cycle Assessment moves Green IT into the future Wincor Nixdorf is now able to declare the environmental impact of their products. The study builds the foundation for the pioneering concept of the green ATM, with lower energy consumption and reduced emissions, and contributes to the company’s eco-design guideline optimization. Wincor ...


    By Sphera

  • Understanding the Green Building Toolkit: Picking the Right Tool for the Job

    The green building scene is characterized by clutter and confusion. Databases, tools, ecoorganizations and eco-events vie for attention, while well-meaning advice and rules of thumb may or may not help to manage a generally complicated, ...

  • Comparison of different building shells ‐ life cycle assessment

    The REACT (Renewable Energy & Efficiency Action) project is an EU‐funded cross‐border cooperative venture featuring the participation of companies and researchers from Burgenland (Austria) and western Slovakia that is developing zero energy concepts for newly built single‐family homes. A variety of building structures are defined for family houses, and the different impacts they have on the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Environmental Product Declaration - Case Study

    Industry-wide EPDs boost brand value while driving innovation. This case study looks at three trade associations that have worked with thinkstep to chart the path for industry-wide EPDs. Life cycle-based EPDs have been adopted as a recognized tool for disclosing the environmental impact of products in all major green building schemes around the world. Just as nutrition labels are ...


    By Sphera

  • Environmental concerns of blasting projects in limestone mines

    A significant attention has been focused on the environmental effects of blasting activities. Since some of the limestone mines are located close to the administrative buildings and production facilities, an environmental evaluation of the blasting impact in neighbouring areas is necessary. The most important concerns about the human health and safety are flyrocks, vibrations (whether air or ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The study of summer-time heat island, built form and fabric in a densely built urban environment in compact Chinese cities: Hong Kong, Guangzhou

    The authors investigated the environmental disaffects of the mixed and intensive land-use (MILU) urban model that are responsible for the high-rise and high-densities cities of Asia. The compact urban form is associated with environmental consequences such as worsen canyon geometry due to close proximity of built form and urban fabric. Canyons are responsible for the worsening of urban ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A collaborative platform for sustainable building design based on model integration over the internet

    Considerable potential exists for reducing life cycle environmental impacts of buildings in Japan. While energy consumption during the operation stage of a building's lifetime is usually dominant, indirect energy use and pollutant emissions associated with production and disposal of building materials during construction and demolition are significant. For sustainable building design, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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