Thursday, November 4, 2010

Brazil's "green building" industry

Brazil Olympics spurring green construction

Nov 3, 2010 - Brazil's "green building" industry will expand in the coming years, spurred by construction of low-impact venues to be used in the 2016 Olympics venues, an expert on environmental construction said in an interview.

Global concerns about the impact of arenas and stadiums led the International Olympic Committee to require arenas built for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro meet international standards for low carbon emissions and energy efficiency.

This has boosted local interest in developing real estate that with lower environmental impact than existing buildings, a trend that comes as the Brazilian government is carrying out a long-term infrastructure expansion program meant to make its economy more competitive.

"The Olympics have had a clear impact on the interest in green construction," said Marcos Casado, technical manager for Green Building Council Brasil. {read rest}

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