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Green Buildings and the Law

1st Edition

Edited by Julie Adshead


288 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2011-04-06
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In countries such as the UK, the energy used in constructing, occupying and operating buildings represents approximately fifty percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Pressure to improve the environmental performance of buildings during both construction and occupancy, particularly to reduce carbon emissions from buildings, has become intense.

Understandably, legislation and regulation are driving green development and compliance. And this is happening in a wide variety of ways. This review of the law in key jurisdictions for the research community, lawyers, the construction industry and government examines some of the mechanisms in place – from the more traditional building regulation controls to green leases and the law relating to buildings and their natural environment. Members of the CIB TG69 research group on ‘Green Buildings and the Law’ review aspects of the law relating to green development in a range of jurisdictions.


"All the contributors in this book have rich knowledge and working experiences in professions closely related to green buildings. Their views are profound and thought-provoking. Both best practices and lessons learnt from the implementation of green building laws or policies can be found. This book is a good textbook for governments who plan to drive their building sector into a greener development model. The most valuable contribution of this book is that it is not just a list of the laws which are applied in the world. Scholars also reveal the barriers and research gap of green building laws in their countries."

Construction Management and Economics

Table of Contents

1. Planning and policies for sustainable development in California and the San Diego region (Robert A. Leiter) 2. Potential harmful environmental impacts as a consequence of material and system specifications, installation and operations in current US green building practices (Tammy L. McCuen and Lee A. Fithian) 3. Covenants and building regulations: a twin track approach to improving the energy performance of Dutch buildings (Lorraine Murphy) 4. The quest for sustainable buildings: getting it right at the planning stage (Julie Adshead) 5. Green buildings: a critical analysis of the Turkish legislation (Deniz Ilter) 6. Surveying the sustainable and environmental legal and market challenges for real estate (Colleen Theron and Malcolm Dowden) 7. Sustainable development and the South African constitution: implications for built environment legislation (Jeremy Gibberd) 8. Energy efficiency in buildings and building control regulations in South Africa (Alfred Talukhaba, Joachim Wafula and Kennedy Aduda) 9. The extended Australian urban dwelling: key issues relating to private open space in expanding residential suburbia (Andrew H. Kelly and Stuart J. Little) 10. China building control on green buildings (Rui GUAN Michael) 11. Green buildings and the law in Taiwan (Chiung-yu Chiu) 12. Climate change and the construction industry: sustainability challenges for Singapore (Asanga Gunawansa)

About the Editor

Julie Adshead is Associate Dean (Enterprise) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford Law School, UK and co-ordinator of the CIB TG69 research group on 'Green Buildings and the Law'.

About the Series


This series consists of a carefully selection of state-of-the-art research books derived from CIB activities.

CIB, the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, was established in 1953 to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.

CIB has since developed into a world-wide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations active in the research community, in industry or in education, who cooperate and exchange information in over 50 CIB Commissions and Task Groups covering all fields in building and construction related research and innovation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Construction
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General