Supporting development of architectural engineering
Architectural engineering is the application of engineering principles to the design, construction, and operation of technical systems for buildings. It comprises: (1) Lighting and electrical systems; (2) Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC);(3) Structural systems for buildings; (4) Architectural acoustics and noise control; (5) Construction management/Construction engineering;(6) Plumbing; (7) and Fire Protection.
UNDP has a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in CÃ´te d'Ivoire and Senegal through energy-efficient building technology. In collaboration with multilateral and bilateral agencies, banks and host country public and private institutions, the project team is to inform and educate organizations in these two countries on how to invest in energy efficiency measures in the building sector, using technical and economic methods. As a result of pilot projects, the organizations will become aware of the the environmental benefits and economic advantages of applying energy efficiency principles to existing buildings and the design of new ones.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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