United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–Habitat)

Energy and Resource Efficiency Building Code for Tropical Countries: Guidelines (Final Draft)

The building code, as a tool that interacts with the planning law, is a part of the authorities’ resources in order to guarantee the right to sustainable cities and safeguard a healthy and comfortable urban environment at the same time that adapting and providing valid solutions according to the

Urban Energy Technical Note No. 10 - Key Strategies for Sustainable Building Designs in the Tropics

This document offers key strategies for sustainable building designs in the tropics, from site selection and building orientation and form to heating, choice of building materials and energy efficiency of appliances.

Urban Energy Technical Note No. 09 - University Curriculum Development

The transition towards clean energy and sustainable use of resource calls upon all stakeholders across different sectors of the society for fundamental changes.

Urban Energy Technical Note No. 08 - Passive Cooling

Passive cooling systems use nonmechanical methods to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and are a key factor in mitigating the impact of buildings on the environment.

Urban Energy Technical Note No. 07 - Energy and Resource Efficiency Checklist

The best opportunities for energy efficiency in buildings are at the design stage. Designing for energy efficiency reduces the overall demand for resources to generate energy.

Green Materials Technical Notes Series: Timber Notes

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.

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Green Materials Technical Notes Series: Earth Materials Notes

Adobe and rammed earth constructions house material, earth is natural, recyclable, generally abundant and requires little energy to extract and prepare for use in construction. Earthen structures can be erected quickly, are inexpensive, and have natural resistance to fire and insects.

Green Materials Technical Notes Series: Concrete Notes

Concrete is the most used man-made material in the world with twice as much concrete construction than wood, steel, plastic and aluminum combined.

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Green Materials Technical Notes Series: Bamboo Notes

Bamboo has long been used as a traditional building material, and is achieving increasing popularity due to its potential for environmental sustainability.

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Urban Energy Technical Note No. 06 - Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable Energy Sources (RES) are playing an increasingly important role in the generation of electricity (RES-E) as well as in the provision of other forms of end-use energy. About 50% of the total new capacity of electricity generation installed in 2010 came from RES (IEA 2011).

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