The Paris Agreement on climate change reduction confirms the included nations’ commitment to deliver zero net anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions during the second half of the twenty-first century. Parties to the agreement will also pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C, which will require zero emissions sometime between 2030 and 2050, according to some scientists. Urbanization in Asia is growing at an unprecedented rate, and growing Asian cities in a sustainable way will be essential in combating climate change. There are many opportunities for Asian cities to broaden the use of existing technologies and advance new technologies to build greener buildings and developments.

Building Sustainability in East Asia illustrates holistic approaches and individual strategies for building sustainability that have been implemented in construction projects around Asia. Given the density and fast-paced development in Asian cities, the focus on projects in the region will provide insight to assist future development plans for other cities around the world. This book covers top-down and bottom-up approaches (from formulating policy to constructing individual buildings) both of which are required for the sustainable development of cities, and provides illustrations from a range of case study developments.

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