Environmental benefits of green buildings


  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•04•19    14:00 - 15:00

    Seminar: “Environmental benefits of green buildings, and the opportunities and barriers regarding their promotion”

    In this seminar, Dr. Osman Balaban will discuss the findings of a research project on green buildings in the Tokyo metropolitan area and outline his achievements during his period as a postdoctoral fellow at the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies.

    The lifecycle of a building usually results in significant amounts of energy and resource consumption as well as a substantial environmental footprint. The concept of green buildings, which is based on the application of sustainability principles to building design, construction and management, is a recent response to address these problems. However, it is not very straightforward to promote the construction of green buildings due to various challenges, some of which are context dependent.

    Based on the findings of a case study in Tokyo and Yokohama, Dr. Balaban will cover the most common green technologies and measures used in green buildings as well as the environmental benefits that green buildings deliver. In addition, he will also touch on the opportunities for and barriers to promoting the construction of green buildings in Japanese cities.

    About the speaker

    Osman Balaban joined UNU-IAS in September 2009 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sustainable Urban Futures Programme. Dr. Balaban holds a bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Middle East Technical University (METU; Ankara, Turkey). He received his PhD degree with a dissertation on “Capital accumulation, the state and the production of built environment: The case of Turkey” from the City and Regional Planning Department of METU in February 2008.

    For more information, or to register to attend, please see the event page on the UNU-IAS website.