Green Building Handbook Volume 9



The Green Material and Technology Handbook aims to develop and disseminate information with regard to sustainability and resilience building. While many worthwhile initiatives exist to promote sustainability and green building, transformation will be driven forward when technologies are used to significantly enable the implementation of new sustainable and resilient solutions. In conceptualising the content of this Handbook, consideration is not just given to the new. Too often we view ‘new’ technologies as the only technologies worthy of consideration, whereas there are traditional and established technologies which have been forgotten about but which are still effective, such as the use of wetlands for waste water treatment.In addition, this Handbook does not tout technologies as the saviour of our time: I am well aware that technology is but one instrument to use in the movement toward sustainable and resilient human settlements.Policy, leadership and appropriate human behaviour are equally important.