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Rio+20 : Green Building in Rio?s Favelas
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  • Published on: 13 Dec 2011
  • Source: The Rio Times: News in Rio De Janiero, Brazil
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Green Building in Rio?s Favelas
The term ?green building? is most commonly referring to sustainable building practices and environmentally conscious construction, wide-ranging concepts including everything from energy efficiency to waste management. Recent reclassification and investment in some of Rio?s sprawling favela communities has the green industry gaining momentum in Brazil, alongside the U.S., Israel and China.

?We?re talking not just about potentially transforming the lives of those living in the favelas, but about improving the lives of Brazilians everywhere,? says Jonathan Kendall, co-founder of green consultancy Rio Energy Consulting.

The consultancy?s marketing material explains that Brazil, already a world leader in bio-fuels, especially ethanol, and hydroelectricity, will invest another US$5.5 billion in renewable energy sources through 2013.

?Favelas present the opportunity to usher in a new Brazilian Clean Technology sector. Not just the next ?big thing?, but perhaps the biggest thing ever. It?s a multi-trillion-real business opportunity,? Kendall says.

In terms of specific technologies, many are watching a new hydride battery ? the company says ? which could also be used for general electrical storage and, perhaps most importantly, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Existing green technologies being proposing include improved LED and induction lighting, which use far less energy and last three to five times longer than sodium bulbs, saving fifty to seventy percent in energy costs.

Effective refuse management is another key area the company wants to target, suggesting specialized miniature waste collection vehicles or pickups capable of navigating Rocinha?s tight streets, tackling the issue of waste removal.

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