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EDGE: A Green Building Playbook for Developing Countries

With this quick-start design tool, architects choose materials and strategies based on ROI as well as sustainability.

A Portuguese architect was recently hired to design a hotel. He made all the right decisions to get the quickest payback in energy savings for a building located in Portugal.

The problem? This hotel was located on the coast of Senegal. The “imported” design specified double-glazed windows—standard for southern Europe but a questionable investment in the mild coastal climate of West Africa.

Published May 25, 2016