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The Green Investing Handbook: A detailed investment guide to the technologies and companies involved in the sustainability revolution by Nick Hanna

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9. GREEN BUILDINGS

Introduction

Buildings consume a huge amount of energy; some estimates claim that they are responsible for 40% of global energy usage and a similar proportion of carbon emissions, making them the single biggest source of global warming. [110] This clearly means that there is enormous scope globally for green buildings, whether it’s retro-fitting old buildings, creating better new buildings, implementing low-carbon communities, or developing ideas and techniques which can ultimately be implemented anywhere. The building sector in many countries is being transformed in line with these possibilities, with increasing energy awareness and policy directives leading to the development of a vast range of techniques and technologies ...

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