A Qualitative Study of Green Building Indexes Rating of Lightweight Foam Concrete

Alonge O. Richard, Mahyudin B. Ramli

Abstract


Green building index is considered as the rating tool for evaluating the siting, design and performance of buildings and infrastructures based on worldwide acceptable six main criteria’s It was invented after the Kyoto protocol, Japan, on 11th of December 1997 and the adoption in Marrakesh in 2001 by the United Nations and her subcommittee. It was developed in the built environment industry by the Government support of each country to combat the issue of green house gas emission. Carbon dioxide is acclaimed as one of the main greenhouse gas emission which is mainly through the activities of human race in the world resulting into global warming hence the effort to make the environment lighter enough to inhabit. Construction industry was assessed through studies to be contributing 5% of the world total carbon dioxide emitted through cement production. It was also claimed that a tonne of concrete produces carbon dioxide in the range of 0.05 to 0.13 tonnes. Foam concrete being a new innovative green technology material for sustainable building and civil construction needs to fulfill the criteria’s of this rating tools for it to be considered as sustainable materials. This paper study the assessment of this lightweight concrete material in view of green building index criteria’s and the result are hereby analyze and concluded that foam concrete can be effectively used as sustainable material for building and civil engineering construction.


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