Tropical Green Building refers to a style of construction that focuses on energy reduction, reduced use of chemicals, and supporting local labor and community. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages, from site selection, scheme formation, material selection and procurement, to project implementation. Tropical Green Building has the same basis as green building in more temperate climates, but the methods of construction are completely different. In the tropics, the focus is on keeping cool, preventing insect infestations, and reduced mould, damp and maintenance in the home.
Generally, tropical green building also seeks to reduce power consumption through intelligent architecture, such as by allowing in much natural light so electric lights aren't needed during the daytime, and at night, using white-painted roofs, ceilings and low-energy light bulbs such as compact fluorescents or LED lamps.
- Tropical Green Building Network: Australia (TGBN) powered by GreenBuild.com.au
- 2013 Queensland Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place, Cairns 5 to 7 Sept 2013
- Singapore Green Building Council SB13 Conference: SB13 Realising Sustainability in the Tropics 9 to 10 Sept 2013
- Dominican Republic Green Building Council (DRGBC)