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Thursday, 19 April 2012, 14:00 - 15:00 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

Environmental Benefits of Green Buildings, and
the Opportunities and Barriers Regarding Their Promotion

by Osman Balaban
UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellow

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Seminar Description
Seminar language: English

This presentation will discuss the findings of a research project on green buildings in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and outline the presenter’s achievements during his period as a postdoctoral fellow at UNU-IAS.

The lifecycle of a building usually results in significant amounts of energy and resource consumption as well as substantial environmental footprints. The concept of green buildings, which is based on the application of sustainability principles to building design, construction and management, is a recent response to address these problems. However, it is not very straightforward to promote the construction of green buildings due to various challenges, some of which are context dependent. In this presentation, based on the findings of a case study in Tokyo and Yokohama, the most common green technologies and measures used in green buildings as well as environmental benefits that green buildings deliver will be discussed. In addition, the talk will also touch upon the opportunities and barriers to promote the construction of green buildings in Japanese cities.


14:00 - 14:25 Environmental Benefits of Green Buildings, and the Opportunities and Barriers Regarding Their Promotion
Osman Balaban, UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellow
14:25 - 15:00 Discussion
Chair: Jose Puppim de Oliveira, Assistant Director, UNU-IAS

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Environmental Benefits of Green Buildings, and the Opportunities and Barriers Regarding Their Promotion 
Osman Balaban, UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellow 
 [Archived Video37 minutes];  [Archived Audio37 minutes]

 [Archived Video24 minutes];  [Archived Audio24 minutes]

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Speaker's Profile

Osman Balaban joined the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in September 2009 as a UNU-IAS postdoctoral fellow in the Sustainable Urban Futures Programme. Dr. Balaban holds a bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Middle East Technical University (METU) located in Ankara, Turkey. He received his PhD Degree with a dissertation titled “Capital Accumulation, The State and The Production of Built Environment: The Case of Turkey” from the City and Regional Planning Department of METU in February 2008. During his PhD education, Dr. Balaban spent an academic year at the University of Kent at Canterbury in England as a visiting PhD researcher. Prior to joining UNU-IAS, he worked as an instructor at METU and there he taught second year Urban Planning Studio. Since November 2011, Dr. Balaban’s research at UNU-IAS has been supported by the research grant received from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).

Throughout his academic and professional career, Dr. Balaban has been participating in various research activities and projects on urban planning and urban development issues. His fields of interest and research include urban planning, urban political analysis, construction sector, and sustainable and climate-friendly urban development. At present, Dr. Balaban’s research focuses on understanding the key processes that make environmental issues a policy priority for cities and particularly on establishing and strengthening the links between urban development and climate change.

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