Investigating the incorporation of "Green Design" in the design of Ashesi University's campus at Berekuso

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Global warming has become a major problem to countries around the world. This is usually caused by greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. The main cause of these emissions is through human activities such as mining, building construction and manufacturing. These gases are considered to be harmful because it contributes to the increase in temperatures around the world. Research has proven that, the construction industry contributes about 40% of the overall greenhouse gases emitted. Thus there is the need to prevent or reduce these carbon emissions. Building construction, which is one such human activities, can reduce its carbon emissions by adopting sustainable building methods: the construction of green buildings. Green buildings have been known to have a positive impact on the environment as compared to the traditional forms of building. It can be classified under various aspects including green architecture, green design amongst others. This study focuses on green designs and how it can be incorporated into the real estate development process. It is described as the use of environmentally friendly products or designs in a building which reduces its negative impact on the environment. This research investigates the incorporation of Green Design in the design of Ashesi University‟s campus at Berekuso. Firstly, it establishes if green designs were incorporated into its design and seeks to find out how these green designs have been incorporated. The research also sought to rate the building under study using the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).
Thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, May 2012
Ghana, Berekuso, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), green design