Economics of Green Design and Environmental Sustainability

Austin C. Otegbulu


In spite of the huge environmental and energy problem in Nigeria, designers have not seen the need for a shift from their traditional method of designing buildings. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the need for green and sustainable design in Nigeria using Lagos as a case study with focus on the effects of green design on environmental sustainability including its economic implication and occupiers preferences with respect to building components and services to ascertain the level of their appreciation of green elements.
Questionnaires were distributed to various groups which include; residents (households) at Dolphin and Abraham Adesanya estates Lagos and also 1040 households in 8 metropolitan local government areas of Lagos to determine the extent of power (electricity) problem and the use of private generators in the city.
Findings from the study show that flooding and loss of property arise from lack of green and sustainable design. It was also found out that due to poor electricity supply, households resort to informal power supply which contributes to global warming.
The paper recommends that there is need for a holistic adoption of green design as lack of it has been observed to be adverse to efficiency in buildings and environmental sustainability in Lagos.

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