AIT and UNESCAP have formed a partnership on 7th March 2011 to conduct a study for incorporating energy and environmental design in to building codes in order to improve sustainability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Buildings consume more energy than the transportation or the industry sector and energy is required in all the phases of a building’s lifecycle. Thus, by incorporating energy and environmental design in the building codes, buildings in the future can be made more energy efficient, which will decrease cities’ carbon-footprint and reduce impact on the environment.
The objective of this study is to determine how to incorporate energy and environmental design both vertically and horizontally in building codes that govern the planning, design and construction of buildings in urban areas for some developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. To do this, building codes from developed countries will be reviewed that contain energy and environmental considerations.
To perform this study, expertise and experience in energy, architecture, construction engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering is required. It is also important to have knowledge about building practices in the region. Asian Institute of Technology and UNESCAP will jointly perform this research study as the expertise and experience of each organization will complement each other. Both of these institutions will provide the necessary technical inputs and financial assistance required for this project.