BAM and Arup have launched a study exporing the benefits that circular business models (CBMs) offer stakeholders within the built environment sector. The report, supported by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation as part of the framework of the CE100 programme, proposes a shift in the way the construction value chain has been historically seen.
Bihar State Pollution Control Board and Development Alternatives jointly initiated a workshop on ‘Greening the Brick Sector in Bihar’ on Friday, 29th June, 2018 at Seminar Hall, Parivesh Bhawan, Patliputra, Patna. The discussions and dialogue focussed on the environmental impacts of the brick sector and the potential to mitigate these impacts through an inclusive economic strategy that supports economic growth needed to fuel development in the state.
Procurement officers have a tremendous opportunity to greatly affect change and contribute to the sustainable development of built environments. This guide intends to provide a practical overview of the options and methods for procuring sustainable buildings and construction in developing countries and emerging economies. Primarily aimed at procurement officers, the main focus is on public procurement at a building scale.
A Holistic View for Integrating Sustainability Education for the Built Environment Professions in Indonesia
Emerging economies in Asia and Latin America face rapid urbanization and city building in the next few decades. The existing work force and the next generation of built environment graduates play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions as a result of rapid building and infrastructure now and in the future. A range of disciplines comprises the built environment professions, and these disciplines need to work collaboratively to optimize design, construction and operational impacts.
The webinar “Sustainable Business Models on Circularity in the Built Environment” was the result of collaboration between two programmes of the One Planet network: Sustainable Building & Construction and Sustainable Tourism. This collaboration pools knowledge of sustainability experts to further reflection on application of circular economy principles on the ground.
The integration of sustainability and sustainable practices in the construction industry is ultimately benefiting the environment,society,and economics.Many green office buildings in Australia achieved Green Star ratings have claimed outstanding achievements such as energy efficiency,greenhouse gas reduction,healthy work environment,and productivity growth.
Integrating Interdisciplinary Thinking and Practice: A Case Study of a Victorian University in Australia
The value of interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum have been considered successful along multiple fronts; including reducing administrative burden from inter departmental collaboration, providing “intellectual” solutions to problems and breaking academic discipline boundaries.Criticism from industry often focuses on educators not preparing graduates for work in the real world.
Future-proofing buildings: optimising facility management in building design to achieve high performance for occupants
Buildings in general are large contributors of global greenhouse emissions and environmental deterioration. Climate adaptation of existing and new buildings is crucial in reducing their impact on climate change.In order to achieve this, efficient performance evaluation and operational management of buildings is required for future proofing buildings and other built environment assets.In particular, owner occupied buildings, including educational buildings offer unique opportunities.
This paper aims to evaluate how transformative learning is key to innovating sustainability education in the built environment in the region’s universities, in addition to reporting on the research project undertaken to integrate sustainability thinking and practice into engineering/built environment curricula in Asia-Pacific universities.
Challenges in aligning the architecture profession in Indonesia for climate change and sustainability
Increased energy use and attendant green house emissions are associated with increased urbanization.At the same time, climate change poses challenges for the built environment where there are tensions between rapid city building and low carbon growth.This paper develops and tests a method for the institutional development of built environment professions in emerging economies that are dealing with a range of issues, including rapid urbanization, and rapid building and construction.
Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) refers to photovoltaic or solar cells that are integrated into the building envelope to generate ‘free’ energy from sunshine. BIPV product development has been ongoing for the past 30 years, but their practical applications have been limited in China. Clients and end users lack knowledge of cost analysis, to make more accurate decisions on use of PV products.
Universities are under pressure to ‘walk the talk’ in relation to sustainability. They are expected to not just teach students about sustainable built environments, but to also put this into practice for university assets. This paper presents the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned from the process of building a best practice green building at an Australian university.
The impact of climate change and adaptation pose huge challenges to the built environment. Educational institutions in particular, are faced with not just management of their built assets, but also future proofing their assets from a climate change and adaptation perspective as well as a learning and teaching perspective.A case study was undertaken using a mixed method research approach.
Thermal perceptions and microclimates of educational urban precincts in two different seasons in Melbourne
This paper assesses the levels of comfort within outdoor educational urban precincts in
Melbourne. Three urban spaces, in relatively close proximity to each other were investigated in two different seasons: spring 2014 and summer 2015. In total, 368 and 413 comfort responses were collected in the spring and summer seasons, respectively.
This volume captures papers presented at the SDiAP, held at RMIT University, Australia, in July 2017 under the auspices of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme. The inaugural symposium aimed to draw links between research, practice, education for sustainability and the needs of industry, and address the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Fourteen countries were represented at this Symposium.
Resource Efficiency in the Indian Construction Sector: Market Evaluation of the use of Secondary Raw Materials from Construction and Demolition Waste
The construction sector generates substantial amount of waste from the process of construction and demolition (C&D) of buildings and infrastructure, which when processed can be used as a raw material for construction. The report attempts to
present a snapshot of the status of C&D waste generation and management in 10 surveyed cities across India, establish scenario based projections of C&D waste in India, and present technical and economic feasibility of products made with C&D waste.
Towards Upscaling the Application of Low-Carbon and Energy-efficient Technology in the Construction Sector in South Asia - Cases of India, Nepal and Pakistan
The Indian construction sector has a high ecological and carbon footprint. With increasing urbanisation and growth in India, the impacts of the construction sector will only increase. Low-carbon and resource-efficient technologies exist and could substantially reduce the ecological footprint of the sector were they dominant. In order to mainstream these technologies, it is essential for policy makers to streamline policies and develop guidelines that include a green mandate.
India is currently at a crucial juncture where it is aiming for economic growth to meet the basic needs of its 1.2 billion people. However, this growth has so far resulted in energy shortages and the increasing use of limited resources. This policy brief series provides stakeholders with the necessary information on how to improve efficiency to reduce the resources and energy needed for this growth and meet the country's increasing development needs, in short: decoupling.
Cities contribute to 80% of the economic growth, while also comsuming 75% of the world’s natural resources. India is witnessing rapid urbanisation, with approximately 31% of its population living in cities. This trajectory requires us to find a way of achieving economically and socially equitable growth, without further damaging the environment.
The concept of resource efficiency, i.e. of 'doing more with less' has significantly caught on in India's recent developmental paradigm.
The urban housing shortage in India is currently estimated at 18.75 million, more than 95% of which pertains to low-income groups. In addition, the housing sector is by definition an energy and resource intensive sector leading to a large environmental burden on the Earth's natural resources. This video highlights the need for more sustainable options in order to meet the housing demand as well as conserve our natural resources.