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Title: Exploring outer space technologies for sustainable buildings
Authors: Low, S.P. 
Goh, X.T.
Keywords: Economic sustainability
United States of America
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Low, S.P., Goh, X.T. (2010). Exploring outer space technologies for sustainable buildings. Facilities 28 (1) : 31-45. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore and identify the potential outer space technologies that can be used in the construction industry to enhance sustainability in buildings. Design/methodology/approach: Outer space technologies developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the USA are explored for possible use in sustainable construction within the context of the Green Mark scoring system implemented by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore. NASA's voltage controller and self-illuminating materials are identified and mapped with the energy efficiency criteria of the Green Mark Scheme. The mapping exercise suggests that Green Mark points can be enhanced through appropriate adoption of these technologies. Findings: The Green Mark points that are re-computed can show significant enhancements when the two potential outer space technologies are to be used in the building. Research limitations/implications: National security and patent issues as well as related cost implications associated with the use of outer space technologies are not considered in the study. This may be a limitation because developers often deem costs to be an important consideration. Practical implications: Appropriate outer space technologies do appear to enhance the assessment criteria in the Green Mark Scheme. Originality/value: This exploratory study provides a bridge between outer space technologies and sustainable buildings. The study is original in that the bridge is the first ever attempt to further enhance the sustainability agenda, through additional Green Mark points, using potential outer space technologies developed by NASA. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Source Title: Facilities
ISSN: 02632772
DOI: 10.1108/02632771011011387
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