Green Building Technologies

Jeremy Gibberd (The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 510
EISBN13: 9781799813606|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8559-6.ch017
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Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy use and produce over a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. These impacts are being acknowledged and addressed in specialist building design techniques and technologies that aim to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. These techniques and technologies can be referred to collectively as green building technologies. This chapter describes green building technologies and shows why they are vital in addressing climate change and reducing the negative environmental impacts associated with built environments. A structured approach is presented which can be applied to identify and integrate green building technologies into new and existing buildings. By combining global implications with technical detail, the chapter provides a valuable guide to green building technologies and their role in supporting a transition to a more sustainable future.
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