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Penn State University and the United Nations are partnering in the Global Building Network program, a system of professional organizations and research institutions that intends to document and suggest frameworks for healthier and more sustainable buildings, reported The Daily Collegian.
The network said it will use research and education to implement changes worldwide and convince people those changes are worth making. The research involves documenting and developing technologies for different building cultures. The education component will focus on helping building designers to occupants understand the benefits of sustainable construction.
Vancouver, Pittsburgh, New York, Brussels and Geneva will host municipal Centers of Excellence that will share data and develop and design monitoring tools, as well as implement standard principles for their building industry environments.