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Building Design and Climate Change
“The building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual green house gas emissions and consumes up to 40% of all energy. Given the massive growth in new construction in economies in transition, and the inefficiencies of the existing building stock worldwide, if nothing is done, greenhouse gas emissions from buildings will more than double in the next 20 years. Therefore, if targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction are to be met, it is clear that decision-makers must tackle emissions from the building sector. Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings must be a cornerstone of every national climate change strategy. “ (Source: United Nations Environment Programme, 2013, )
The purpose of this assignment is to research how the traditional design of buildings (commercial, institutional and/or residential) contributes to green house gas emissions that cause climate change, and how the design of new buildings is reducing green house gas emissions.
You must reference at least 3 different aspects, or elements, of building design (for example, building materials, building envelope, building operating systems, etc.).
You must include at least one example of a real building whose design is a good example of a building that is reducing its emissions of green house gases (can be anywhere in the world).
You must use at least 2 references. Students cannot research the same building.
2 – 3 written pages, word-processed
Title page, name, student number, class, date
Graphics of building case study (eg. Pictures and maps)
Building Design And Climate Change
Length: 3 pages (974 Words)
Building design and climate change
The correlation between building designs and climate change have taken a central place in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions. Recent studies by the United Nations Environment Programme show that traditional design of buildings is contributing thirty percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions annually. In addition, the studies showed that these same buildings are consuming 40% of the world’s energy resources and thus threatening the world’s energy reserves. The traditional design of commercial buildings in the world in the form of thermal envelopes, cooling systems, lighting systems and energy management systems are poorly conducted which cause climate change through greenhouse gas emissions.