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Does suburbanization undermine greenhouse gas benefits of urban population density?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Energy & Sustainability 
This is a brief presentation of a new study on suburbanization and carbon footprint in dense cities. I read it on Pando.sc and, although I don't have access to the full journal article, I think that these results are very important in terms of sustainable development of urban areas. We shouldn't however jump to opposite conclusions ("what? now they tell us to build high and densely?"), because obviously sustainable city dwelling doesn't correspond to what we see in many cities such as Athens ...

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The difference between green and sustainable construction materials

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, January 11, 2014, In : Energy & Sustainability 
Here is another interesting article on construction materials which are green, but not sustainable, and on how a sustainable building would be the norm in a few years.  
(reproduced from this website)

A building is green when it helps reduce the footprint it leaves on the natural environment and on the health of its inhabitants.

Green home design includes building for energy efficiency, including the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, water, or solar; creating a healthy indoor environ...

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