Energy Efficient Buildings as a Tool for Ensuring Sustainability in the Building Industry

Mohammed, A.; Mustapha, A.; Mu'azu, N.
November 2011
International Journal of Energy Engineering;2011, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p90
Academic Journal
The building industry is the greatest consumer of energy worldwide, as such any measures taken by the industry to improve energy efficiency in our buildings will have a desirable effect in the reduction of carbon emissions into air. The paper discusses the concept of embodied energy or carbon of building materials as well as the concept of running or operational carbon. It further highlights strategies that could be used by the various stakeholders in the building industry; namely the building materials producers, builders, designers and governments to improve energy efficiency in buildings. It also shows that for the strategies to work, they must be part of a building industry policy in order to achieve an industry wide implementation of the measures.


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