green building Articles

  • A Business Case for Green Buildings in Canada

    This Business Case for Green Buildings highlights the benefits of Green Building, as well as the challenges and barriers facing the Green Building Industry in Canada. This document also provides a definition for a Green Building, and provides information on the growth of the green building industry in Canada. The report has been prepared with intended readership from throughout the building ...

  • Benefits of Residing in a Green Building

    Green buildings are not just good for the environment— they are good for your wallet also. Green building features are gradually becoming second nature for sustainably built home environments and infrastructures. Their technical nuances are so overwhelming it is assumed that the concept of ‘green building’ is exclusive to real estate builders and developers. Thus, ...

  • Green leasing issues

    The past few years have witnessed an exponential growth in green buildings. According to recent studies, total green building space has been growing at a 50 percent compound rate since 2000. At the end of 2008, there were 1750 “certified” green buildings and another 13,500 projects underway that were committed to achieve green building status. The momentum toward green buildings is a result of ...


  • Ghost in green building

    In midtown Manhattan, home of the nation’s priciest office space, the equivalent of 16 office towers, each 40 stories high, now stand empty. This statistic, from the Wall Street Journal, underscores the vast damage inflicted on commercial real estate by the economic downturn. Given the ailing market, this hardly seems the time to invest in expensive green upgrades. But a recent report suggests ...

  • What makes a building green?

    The terms "sustainable architecture", "green building" and "ecological design" have emerged, along with a host of similar permutations, in recent practice as environmentally friendly modes of design, construction and operation geared towards producing healthy enduring communities. However, the terms are still vague and lead to much ambiguity in their implementation. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • QI Tower first to achieve DUAL Certification in Malaysia

    Certifying an existing high rise building which was not built with green in mind was the challenge. Motivated by Malaysia’s Green Building Concept, GreenA Consultants were engaged to provide lead consultancy services for this project. In this article, you would learn how the 15 story office tower could be transfromed to sustainable despite architectural and engineering challenges. The ...


    By GreenA Consultants

  • Green demolition certification

    This paper describes a proposed certification as a means to validate 'sustainable' building removals by a government agency or building owner. It may be used for several purposes such as: pre-qualifying a contractor, issuing a deconstruction permit, documenting waste diversion goals, or for awarding incentives. Certification is awarded to any project meeting all prerequisites and earning 25 or ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cost and time overrun analysis for green construction projects

    Green construction projects are initiated in complex and dynamic environments resulting in circumstances of high level of uncertainty with respect to cost and duration. This is attributed to the fact that construction of green buildings requires stricter norms in terms of environmental conservation, carbon emission, construction footprint, pollution, etc. which can cause an addition to 'cost and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Growth of corporate social responsibility as a sustainable business strategy in difficult financial times

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become such an important concept that in some situations, it is soon to be required by law that publicly listed companies disclose ethical, social and environmental risks in its annual report. An example of CSR is the growing implementation green buildings, which are not only environmentally friendly, but also using the environment to benefit the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A Business Case of Green Building Rating System: Q&A with Conserve Consultants

    You can actually measure, at every point of the design and project development, where you are and systematically build upon the performance of the building, where you want to be. If you want to see how you can go up the ladder of sustainable performance, you would want to use a suitable green rating process. ...

  • The optimisation of building deconstruction for Department of Defense facilities: Ft. McClellan Deconstruction Project

    This project entailed the removal of three identical WWII-era two-story wood-framed barracks buildings at Ft. McClellan Army Base, Anniston, AL, using varying degrees of hand deconstruction and mechanical/hand deconstruction, and a traditional demolition method. Deconstruction is the dismantling of building structures to recover the maximum amount of primarily reusable and secondarily recyclable ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Breaking the `vicious circle of blame`

    In the early 1990s, organisations globally sprouted up to codify sustainable real estate best practices. In the late 1990s, these governmental, non-profit and for-profit organizations signalled hope that sustainable real estate would soon be “business as usual” when they launched their respective green building rating systems, such as the UK’s BREEAM (1993/1998), France’s H.Q.E. (1999), and North ...


    By Momentum Bay Associates LP

  • A Market Led Strategy - UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) - Case Study

    A market led strategy - UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) Engagement for strategic development The client The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) UK-GBC is dedicated to driving sustainability in the built environment, delivering education and training to organisations, advocating views to government, promoting best practice, and providing both information ...


    By IMS Consulting (Europe) Ltd

  • Intelligent buildings grow by 14% in the US

    New report reveals that the total amount of intelligent buildings grew 14% in the US despite the economy’s downturn. Recent findings from the third annual Green Building Market & Impact Report have shown that despite precipitous declines in the rate of growth of the economy, the total amount of LEED-certified intelligent buildings grew by one billion square feet in 2010, up to eight ...


    By Vital Energi

  • 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

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • LEED v4

    Ushering in the Era of Transparency and Disclosure A new era has dawned for the building and construction sector that will transform the way products are measured and specified. This change was ushered in July 2013 when the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) announced the adoption of the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating ...


    By Sphera

  • LEED Canada: The Next Generation

    Looming large in the minds of most Canadians, climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge we face today. Given that a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is necessary to avert irreversible impacts, any solutions will require the active support of all sectors of society – government, business and citizens – to reach GHG reduction targets. GHG emissions from ...


    By Actual Media

  • Proper Design of `Green Building` is the precursor of performance and efficiency

    EPC World Magazine, had a Q&A with Mr. Juzer S Kothari, Managing Director of Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2005, Conserve is a global consulting firm based in India  with expertise in high ...

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