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Sustainable Building Manual

This manual seeks to serve as a guide to policy-makers and local authorities.

books Updated: Nov 11, 2005 13:02 IST

Sustainable Building Design Manual- Volume I
Author: TERI
146 pp
Soft Bound)
Cover price:Rs 501.00 / US $40.00
ISBN: 81-7993-052-1

This first volume of the Sustainable Building Design Manual focuses on policy and regulatory mechanisms and serves as a guide to policy-makers and local authorities. It discusses in detail, the case study of Gurgaon - a satellite town of Delhi and one of India's fastest growing urban centres, and proposes an approach based on policy strands that should be applied in tandem with good practices and regularity controls. It also includes a set of real-time case studies from Spain and the UK with a focus on issues, gaps and barriers to policy implementation, pricing policy packages and energy services.

The manual has two volumes which look at the engaging subject, in depth.This extract has been taken from the first volume of Sustainable Building Design Manual Volume 1:

Promoting the progress of mankind without depleting our world's resources while safeguarding the evolution of future generations is one of the principal challenges today. The consumption of resources, such as fossil-based energy, is continuously rising, just like the demand for energy-based comfort. Developed nations of thee world are largely expected to account for the increment in world energy consumption. In particular, energy demand in the emerging economies of developing Asia - including China and India - is projected to more than double over the next quarter-century. In the developing world as a whole, primary energy consumption is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 2.7% between 2001 and 2025.

The introduction of sustainable building design measures can make an important contribution to minimize the impact of this evolution. For example, the entire building sector (production, construction, and use) accounts for 40% of the European Union's energy requirement. It is the single largest sector with a potential for achieving energy efficiency. More than one-fifth of the current energy consumption could be saved by 2010 by applying more ambitious standards to new and refurbished buildings. This represents a considerable contribution to meeting the Kyoto targets (up to 30-45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year).

First Published: Nov 09, 2005 17:59 IST