Sustainable Building Design for Tropical Climates
Climate change and resource depletion are the main challenges of the 21st century. In 2010, the worldwide building sector was responsible for 24% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, second only to the industrial sector. The building sector must therefore play its part. The long-term aim is to transform buildings from energy consumers into net energy producers. This report highlights possible strategies and solutions to achieve this goal.
Developing countries are going to play a decisive role in the future world energy scenario, as a consequence of their economic development. Industrial energy consumption will grow, and a dramatic increase in energy consumption for transport can be expected, with the growth in the number of vehicles on the roads – if the currently accepted worldwide approach to mobility does not change.
The increase in energy consumption in the building sector can be expected to be even more dramatic, not only because air conditioning will spread and the number of domestic electric and electronic appliances will grow, but also because of the increase in the number of buildings.