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.
Table of Contents
1. Planning and Policies for Sustainable Development in California and the San Diego Region 2. Potential Harmful Environmental Impacts as a Consequence of Material and System Specifications, Installation and Operations in Current US Green Building Practices 3. Covenants and Building Regulations: A Twin Track Approach to Improving the Energy Performance of Dutch Buildings 4. The Quest for Sustainable Buildings: Getting it Right at the Planning Stage 5. Green Buildings: A Critical Analysis of the Turkish Legislation 6. Surveying the Sustainable and Environmental Legal and Market Challenges for Real Estate 7. Sustainable Development and the South African Constitution: Implications for Built Environment Legislation 8. Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Building Control Regulations in South Africa 9. The Extended Australian Urban Dwelling: Key Issues Relating to Private Open Space in Expanding Residential Suburbia 10. China Building Control on Green Buildings 11. Green Buildings and the Law in Taiwan 12. Climate Change and the Construction Industry: Sustainability Challenges for Singapore
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'.