New Circular Economy Business Model for More Sustainable Urban Construction

Green Buildings Could Save Our Cities

New buildings are rising with urban growth. Here's why that may be a good thing.

This article is part of our Urban Expeditions series, an initiative made possible by a grant from United Technologies to the National Geographic Society.

Though standards for green buildings vary, they are generally designed to use less energy and water and improve the indoor environment, including air quality. The most widely used certification for green buildings is called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

As the world’s urban population expands, architects and planners are mapping out ways to make cities more sustainable. Cities produce a vast amount of emissions and waste, putting a strain on both human and ecological health. But our buildings themselves may hold a solution. High-density urban areas—especially those built using green methods in design and construction—can be more energy efficient and pollute less. New research is also revealing that green buildings can actually be good for our health too. —Kelsey Nowakowski


Thursday 05 July 2018