Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Resilient and Green Building Design/Construction

  • Gabriela CarpejaniEmail author
  • Samara da Silva Neiva
  • André Borchardt Deggau
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
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Green buildings are those that present characteristics such as efficient use of energy and water systems, creating a better quality of life for everyone around them (Illankoon et al. 2017).


Due to an increase in conflicts between the fast construction of buildings and the deterioration of the environment, green buildings have become a relevant topic of study (Teng et al. 2019). Global awareness has raised on the importance of sustainability in the building sector, as well as for issues such as climate change, population growth, and fast urbanization, all of which create a demand for green buildings for sustainable development (Sharma 2018). Rajaee et al. (2019) argue that environmental degradation, the crisis in the energy sector, industrialization, and climate change present serious challenges for sustainable development. The expansion of green buildings is considered an efficient method to promote a...

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This study was conducted by the Centre for Sustainable Development (Greens), from the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL), in the context of the project BRIDGE – Building Resilience in a Dynamic Global Economy: Complexity across scales in the Brazilian Food-Water-Energy Nexus; funded by the Newton Fund, Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Inovação do Estado de Santa Catarina (FAPESC), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível superior (CAPES), National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and the Research Councils United Kingdom (RCUK).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Carpejani
    • 1
    Email author
  • Samara da Silva Neiva
    • 1
  • André Borchardt Deggau
    • 1
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable Development/Research Group on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (Greens)University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL)FlorianopolisBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Erin A. Hopkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Apparel, Housing and Resource ManagementVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA