The Need to Establish Universal Green Building Standards by @connect4climate @ivanbruce

Around the world, (residential, public and commercial) buildings consume an estimated one-third of global energy, which is used to heat, cool, light and ventilate the structures we use every day. As more people move to cities and the developing world continues to modernize, energy consumption is only expected to increase. It is estimated that 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050 . Because of this reality, we need to find innovative methods to preserve limited resources such as water, energy, food and land. We need to re-think how energy is supplied and used within cities and buildings so that we can become less dependent on coal-fired power plants, which we know significantly increases Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and contributes to the effects of climate change. We have a narrow window of opportunity to ensure buildings are well-designed,...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1040941

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