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Institutional Strategies for Promoting Sustainable Buildings in North America: Mexico’s Case -2012

2012

Abstract

The present study had the objective of strengthening actions put in place by the Mexican Government in the framework of  Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (CEC), to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions generated by buildings, throughout 2006-2007. The work areas developed by the Mario Molina Center (MMC) were the design of a study called Institutional Strategies for Promoting Sustainable Buildings in North America: Mexico’s Case”, as well as the organization of a Workshop on Qualification Systems for Sustainable Buildings in Mexico”.

The study is part of a compendium requested by CEC, to be integrated into the report “Sustainable buildings in North America: opportunities and challenges”. It took place in Cocoyoc, Morelos, on October 2007 and it gathered 98 participants and 15 panelists from the three countries; experiences were shared and the process to be promoted during the next few years to favor better ways of constructing and using buildings was analyzed.

Based on the results of the study, the main challenges and opportunities of buildings were identified; this resulted in a line of research at the MMC for sustainable buildings, which led to the proposal of a standard draft to encourage sustainable building and a sustainability assessment of housing in Mexico, among other studies.

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