Green Buildings at Western
Built spaces and urban areas represent a significant proportion of anthropogenic (or human-induced) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to climate change (UN-Habitat, 2011). Increased awareness of the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment has resulted on the development of “green buildings” (ASHRAE, 2010).
Green buildings are designed, constructed and operated in accordance with practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings in the environment and its occupants. These types of buildings are intended to (ASHRAE, 2010):
- Minimize natural resource consumption through efficient utilization of resources
- Minimize emissions that negatively impact our global atmosphere and the indoor environment
- Minimize the discharge of solid waste and liquid effluents
- Minimize negative impacts on site ecosystems
- Optimize the quality of the indoor environment
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UN-Habitat. (2011). Global Report on Human Settlements 2011. Cities and Climate Change. Washington, DC: Earthscan ASHRAE (2010). ASHRAE Green Guide. The Design, Construction and Operation of Green Buildings. Atlanta, GA.