• Sustainability assessment tools
  • Decision making process assisted by Life Cycle Assessment: Greenhouse gas emission

    ABSTRACT: The concept of sustainability has been spreading in the construction industry introducing tools and methods that may assist in the process of decision m aking and allowing improvements in management techniques as much as in production processes. Thus, this research aims the selection of materials by means of the proposition of a decision making method – the Choosing by […]

  • Governance and strategies for a sustainable built environment
  • Building environment construction studies in Brazil

    ABSTRACT: The built environment composed of planning, design, management and maintenance impacts upon people and cities. The paper discusses contents of two documents about policies and strategies for a sustainable built environment. One reports guidelines to sustainability assessment tools (1), publication dated 2008. The other treats aspects of sustainable building in Brazil and lines to promote national policies […]

  • Governance and strategies for a sustainable built environment
  • Urban sustainability and mobility in São Paulo city’s 2002 and 2014 master plans. A comparative analysis

    ABSTRACT: This article aims to discuss the contemporary urban-territorial policies pointing to sustainable development of cities. To do this, it investigates two different moments of urban planning for the city of São Paulo: the Municipal Strategic Master Plan approved in 2014 and the previous Master Plan, from 2002, making a comparative approach. The paper discusses the urban mobility issue […]

  • Urban planning for sustainable communities
  • Ecology and environment, an urban scale comparative study between contemporary and vernacular city of Nablus

    ABSTRACT: The harmony between environment and buildings is the strongest point of vernacular architecture. In this context, the Mediterranean vernacular architecture is harmonized with its local context, including culture and traditions. In addition, it respects environmental and climatic factors, construction materials and morphology. In the past, people in Palestine built their houses according to their possibilities, needs, available materials, topography, […]

  • Urban planning for sustainable communities
  • Analysis of sustainability in the Brazilian housing production: The case of AP4 – Rio de Janeiro

    ABSTRACT: The study presents a brief analysis of the sustainability conditions related to housing production in Brazil having as study area the region of the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro City administratively known as Planning Area 4 – AP4, where the neighborhoods of greatest population growth in the first decade of this century are situated. For the […]

  • Mitigation of impacts in urban areas
  • The development and performance of plant species in Brazilian extensive green roofs

    ABSTRACT: The intense development of cities and the consequent reduction of its green areas results in environment imbalance. While sustainability attribute the green roof is a viable option, but not yet widespread in Brazil. This experimental research aimed to evaluate the development of plant species and their influence on the performance of extensive green roofs in the city of […]

  • Mitigation of impacts in urban areas
  • “Green Ports” and the Port of Santos

    ABSTRACT: This article aims to analyze environmental aspects of the Port of Santos, the largest in Brazil, based on the concepts of the “Green Ports” police, the indexes defined in the “AQUA-Port” certification, developed by the Vanzolini Foundation in partnership with the Innovation Center for Logistics and Port Infrastructure (CILIP), from the University of Sao Paulo, USP; and the […]

  • Adaptation of cities and buildings to climate changes
  • Analysis of the acoustic, thermal and luminous performance at the Instituto Federal de Minas Gerais (Federal Institute of Minas Gerais) – Santa Luzia

    ABSTRACT: The architect João Filgueiras Lima participated in the 19905, in the project known as the Centro de Atenção Integral à Criança e ao Adolescente (CIACs) (Integral Care Center for Children and Adolescents), where he designed buildings taking into account his concern with environmental comfort. Currently the campus of the Instituto Federal of Minas Gerais- Santa Luzia (Federal Institute […]

  • Sustainability assessment tools
  • Brazilian building evaluation through reverse analysis based on environmental rating systems: a case study

    ABSTRACT: Brazilian’s architecture offices are initiating their search for methods that could give some orientation about the design process for sustainable buildings. The North The French methodology has been adapted, resulting in the AQUA Brazilian certification. However, history has revealed many professionals who expressed their concern about the environment through interesting architecture solutions, years before the launch of the first […]