All posts tagged "Construction Materials and Building Design"

  • Green Building Materials Fact Sheet: Bamboo

    Bamboo has long been used as a traditional building material, and is achieving increasing popularity due to its potential for environmental sustainability. As a construction material, bamboo has similar properties as timber and often uses analogous techniques...

    • Posted January 8, 2015
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  • Green Building Materials Fact Sheet: Concrete

    Concrete is the most used man-made material in the world with twice as much concrete used in construction than wood, steel, plastic and aluminum combined. Although concrete has acquired a negative image due to environmental impacts that...

    • Posted January 8, 2015
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  • Green Building Materials Fact Sheet: Earth

    Adobe and rammed earth constructions house approximately one fifth of the world’s population. As a building material, earth is natural, recyclable, generally abundant and requires little energy to extract and prepare for use in construc- tion. Earthen...

    • Posted January 8, 2015
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  • Green Building Materials Fact Sheet: Timber

    Of the conventional building materials, sustainably harvested timber has the potential to be the most environmentally friendly since it typically has the lowest emissions of greenhouse gases of any conventional building material. Since it is amongst the...

    • Posted January 8, 2015
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  • Energy

    Energy is needed for urban development, but current reliance on fossil fuels brings up a number of challenges such as pollution and depletion of resources. UN-Habitat therefore helps cities to develop sustainable energy action plans.

    • Posted March 17, 2014
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  • Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch

    The Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch develops strategies, policies, and programmes to provide access to adequate housing for all, improve the living conditions in existing slums, and curb the growth of new slums. It focuses on improving...

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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  • Going Green , A Handbook of Sustainable Housing Practices in Developing Countries

    The housing sector is in a prime position to mitigate climate change and make environmentally-friendly cities.

    • Posted June 19, 2012
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  • Sustainable Housing for Sustainable Cities , A policy framework for developing cities

    The concept of housing requires a new understanding to effectively address the pressing issues of slums, the urban divide, economic and human development, and climate change.

    • Posted June 19, 2012
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