Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Track 1 - Policies for Sustainable Development

Track 1 Session Report

Jan Klerks,
CTBUH Research & Communications Manager, Chicago

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US Agenda for Net-Zero Energy, High Performance Green Buildings 
Shyam Sunder, Director, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, NIST, USA 
Barbara Lippiatt, Economist, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, NIST, USA 

Sixteen U.S. Government agencies have developed a shared vision for research and development activities that could decrease use of natural resources and improve indoor environments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants from the U.S. building sector. Produced under the auspices of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, the vision includes developing metrics and technologies, tools and practices that could track and significantly reduce the use of energy, water and other natural resources, promote environmentally friendly products and practices, and reduce building material waste while meeting building performance design standards.

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How Tall is Dense? Coping with London Growth   
Peter Murray, Chairman, Wordsearch & New London Architecture Centre, London 

Developing countries such as India and China with their massive rural-to-urban migration are increasingly seen as the most important battleground for creating more sustainable cities of the future. But sustainable solutions for ‘developed’ countries are also crucial. Changing social demographics and other factors in the UK, for example, have dictated a need for approximately 200,000 new homes each year for the forseeable future. But where will these new homes go – in the ever-increasing suburb, or in densified cities? In this presentation we hear about the potential benefits and pitfalls of tall buildings in London – a city still very much divided on their credentials.

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Successful Urban Democratic Governance    
Scott Wrighton, City Manager, Lavasa Corporation Ltd, Lavasa City 

All the architectural, infrastructure, housing and transport schemes may amount to little without addressing politics and structural governance issues head-on—otherwise the best plans will have trouble getting off the drawing board. Stable and operationally efficient governance systems functioning under accountable local leadership relates directly to a local government’s ability to raise revenue for new projects, issue bonds, forge public-private partnerships, attract investors, assemble land, and gain community support for projects, especially projects that change traditional urban living paradigms. The world urban centres that have found ways to make government less dysfunctional have had, and will continue to have, greater success in building sustainable cities and responding to increased urbanization pressures.

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Track 1 Panel Questions and Answers

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