Calculating the Ecological Footprint of the Built Environment

Calculating the Ecological Footprint of the Built Environment

Researchers across disciplines continue to seek an accurate method for measuring the carbon footprint of buildings. Specifically, I visited the Global Footprint Network’s online quiz to determine my ecological footprint (EF), which is the biologically productive area required to support...
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Singapore’s 10-year journey in urban solar

Singapore’s 10-year journey in urban solar

The sunny island nation is harnessing the power of the sun to charge the development of its clean energy industry. In the run up to the Asia Clean Energy Summit in October 2017, Eco-Business looks back at the evolution of...
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Putrajaya’s inspiring architecture

Putrajaya’s inspiring architecture

PUTRAJAYA is one of those places where once you drive through the area, it welcomes you with its majestic building structures and wide clear roads. Known officially as the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, it is the federal administrative centre of...
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The Future of Sustainability

The Future of Sustainability

The future of green building won’t depend on any one product, practice or technology. Rather, it will depend on how these three elements come together to produce projects that take equal consideration for the overall health of the building, its...
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Green office blocks secure better tenants

Green office blocks secure better tenants

Real estate industry needs to look more closely at sustainability needs of occupants.  Singapore’s Asia Square Tower 2 made headlines last month when it was sold to CapitaLand Commercial Trust for $1.5 billion, setting the record for the biggest office....
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Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?

Analysts call it the “energy performance gap” — the difference between promised energy savings in green buildings and the actual savings delivered. The problem, researchers say, is inept modeling systems that fail to capture how buildings really work. No...
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Planet trumps project in precinct design

Planet trumps project in precinct design

Engineering is both prophetic and proactive, and it’s up to engineers to put the city’s sustainability at the heart of each project they work on, says Aurecon’s Martin Smith. Animals have a way of beating the odds by using what’s...
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Green building certification: The sustainability movement’s secret weapon

Green building certification: The sustainability movement’s secret weapon

Hong Kong Green Building Council head Sr Wong Bay explains how green building rating systems are an essential tool in the fight to achieve a net zero emissions built environment. The global buildings sector is at a critical juncture. If...
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World Green Building Week and the campaign for net zero buildings

World Green Building Week and the campaign for net zero buildings

It’s World Green Building Week, with Green Building Councils from across the world campaigning for all buildings to be “net zero” by 2050. The intention is to promote the aspirations published in its report earlier this year, From Thousands to...
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