green building system Articles

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Green Building Evaluation

    UN Headquarters in New York City Marc Karell managed the project including providing a peer review and recommendations for enhancement of the green building and energy efficiency proposals incorporated into the intended billion dollar Capital Master Plan (CMP) renovation of the United Nation’s headquarters campus in New York City. An assessment of building performance against the LEED ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...


  • Contributions to the design of rainwater harvesting systems in buildings with green roofs in a Mediterranean climate

    Green roofs (GRs) are becoming a trend in urban areas, favouring thermal performance of buildings, promoting removal of atmospheric pollutants, and acting as possible water collection spots. Rainwater harvesting systems in buildings can also contribute to the management of stormwater runoff reducing flood peaks. These technologies should be enhanced in Mediterranean countries where water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • `Green Buildings` can create problems with IAQ

    The recent trend towards energy conservation measures have in some cases led to airtight building construction that can often create problems with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Some 'green buildings' (also known as ‘green construction’ and ‘sustainable buildings’) have ignored the issue of IAQ in pursuit of energy saving measures. Ventilation systems are set to minimize the ...


    By PPM Technology

  • 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, ...

  • Green existing buildings is easier (and cheaper) than you think

    Commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings are the most significant users of energy in the United States. Almost 70% of all generated electricity and about 12% of available potable water goes to support use and occupancy of buildings. Buildings play a major role in the quality of life for the 307 million people who go in and out of them every day and have a significant ...

  • `Green Buildings` can lead to problems with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

    In striving to construct energy-efficient, cost-effective buildings, the imperative issue of their indoor air quality (IAQ) is often overlooked. This can lead to an unhealthy indoor environment and to conditions such as sick building syndrome (SBS) or other building related illnesses (BRI). In the past few decades, energy conservation measures have led to airtight building construction that can ...


    By PPM Technology

  • 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

  • Service Life Considerations in Relation to Green Building Rating Systems: An Exploratory Study, in collaboration with Morrison Hershfield Limited.

    Untitled Document EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This is the final report of the exploratory phase of a study of durability and service life issues related to green ...

  • Vaccu.Lan for Green

    You're building a 'green' science building, and some of your laboratories require vacuum support. How do you provide vacuum for those labs? You can't use an oil-sealed rotary vane vacuum pumps in the labs. The oil mist would contaminate the laboratory air, and the noise pollution makes the working environment unpleasant. The pump oil would quickly be contaminated by biological and chemical ...

  • Grey water recycling system for home office building

    Home Office declares Aquaco grey water recycling system a success! Says Head of Corporate Services Katharine Thompson”: If anyone had an issue with the facilities here, I would be the first to know”. “In fact I had almost forgotten that there is a grey water system supplying the toilets here, it appears to be just as mains water would be,” says Katherine. ...

  • Building Resilient Cities

    A new dimension is taking root in the world of municipal infrastructure planning – the concept of resiliency. It’s not simply a case of hardening infrastructure to cope with infrequent shocks to the urban landscape wrought by extreme weather, flooding or widespread power outages. Some use the term ‘future proofing’. I prefer the concept of resiliency, because designing ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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