green building material Articles

  • Green Building

    Project of the Month   Sonnenbaum choice of project for September is total green concept which focuses on sustainability for a manufacturing factory located in Klang. The green and sustainability concept involves creating a structure and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building life cycle, taking into a count all phases ...


  • 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

  • Strategies for building material reuse and recycle

    Reuse and recycling of building material is a growing area of interest and concern in many parts of the USA. Current practices and trends in the building material waste management area are examined from a building life cycle standpoint or cradle to reincarnation concept. Strategies include zero waste, integrated recycling, international approaches, reuse of materials, resource optimisation, waste ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green Building Boom – What are the 4 new risks for Green Building Industry?

    New government mandates, long-term cost savings, and an enhanced sensitivity to partnering an environmental outline are the prime reasons for this exponential growth. In the year 2005, green building market was a meagre 2 percent of all non-residential construction initiations. However; this number grew by 28 - 35 percent by 2010 and approximately 40 to 48 percent by the year 2014, - comprising ...


  • Stocking Your Green Building Toolkit

    1. Introduction Designing, constructing and operating environmentally friendly buildings can be a lot more complex than it seems, especially when it comes to materials selection. We would all like simple measures or rules of thumb that would make the selection process easy, but they are hard to come by, if they exist at all. The reality is that we are constantly forced into a balancing act, ...

  • Building green when times are lean

    In an article entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Greenwash” last December we looked at how some unscrupulous property developers in Thailand preferred to market “greenwash” rather than embrace the concept of sustainable building design and construction. Indeed, it seemed as if the property developers were suddenly falling over themselves in their rush to surf the green wave, with project ...

  • 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 ...

  • HQ to be the first Chilean building achieving LEED green building certification

    Transoceánica headquarters use a system of energy efficiency that incorporates passive design and solar reflection. The new headquarters for private equity firm Empresas Transoceanica in Santiago looks nothing like a conventional commercial set up. But it is expected to use just one-fifth of the energy of a comparable Chilean office. A wood-wrapped north facade deflects solar ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • 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 ...

  • Integrating LCA Tools in Green Building Rating Systems

    Green building rating and certification systems are intended to foster more sustainable building design, construction and operations by ...

  • TVOC measurement for LEED/green building evaluation

    Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) may be evaluated when building designers/managers are pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for New Construction (LEED-NC) EQ Credit 3.2. The latest LEED-NC guidance document specifies that the maximum allowed concentration of TVOC measured in a building (post construction, pre-occupancy) is 500 µg/m3; the ...


  • 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

  • A comparative analysis of building materials for sustainable construction with emphasis on CO2 reduction

    Building contributes almost 40% of CO2 emissions and is a major contributor to the green house gas (GHG) emissions. Different types of construction materials possess a wide variation of embodied energy and emit CO2 at different magnitudes during its life cycle. Selection of appropriate construction materials can considerably cut down ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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, ...

  • How are Green Buildings Built? A Closer Look at a Modern Marvel

    Green building refers to an environment friendly structure which is built in such a manner that it continues to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout its life. When we say throughout its life, it includes everything right from an eco-friendly design to the use of material which will make sure that the environment is not harmed even when the structure in question is ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Developing Green Building Programs: A Step-By-Step Guide for Local Governments

    A green building program is an innovative and effective way to improve local quality of life and create a more efficient City Hall. Why Build Green? Conventional building construction, use and demolition, together with the manufacturing of building materials, has multiple impacts on the local, regional, and global environment. In the United States, buildings account for: ...


  • Top 10 residential green building trends to watch in 2012

    Here's a list of some top trends that will help accelerate growth in the residential market, as compiled by the Earth Advantage Institute. Urban density. Filling in the spaces is the name of the game as homeowners and builders opt to create more living space through the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), laneway homes (bordering the back lane behind the main house), ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) –Sustainable Building Climate Initiative (SBCI) ‘Greening the Building Supply Chain’ report

    United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) –Sustainable Building Climate Initiative (SBCI)  ‘Greening the Building Supply Chain’ report The client United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative ...


    By IMS Consulting (Europe) Ltd

  • Building Safety Redefined

    Buildings today can meet societal and personal needs like never before, and standards are part of the picture. Robert A. Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, explains. How do you think building safety will be redefined in this century? Along with the sorts of natural and man-made hazards that have always been at issue, such as fires and ...


    By ASTM International

  • An Empirical Perspective on Building Durability

    ABSTRACT This paper presents results from a recent Athena Institute survey of the reasons for demolishing 227 commercial and residential buildings in St. Paul , Minnesota from 2000 to mid-2003. Despite the dearth of statistical data for North America , there is an increasing tendency to make assumptions or claims about the relative durability of different structural ...

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