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Barrier to Green Building Construction on Long Island, NY – A lesson Learn From A senior Project Assignment

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Construction Industry Issues in the Classroom

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23.239.1 - 23.239.7



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Amitabha Bandyopadhyay State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Dr Bandyopadhyay is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Architecture and Construction Management Department at Farmingdale State College. He is also the Director of Green Building Institute at the college. He is currently (2012-13) the Chair of Engineering Technology Accreditation Commssion of ABET.

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All the national and local coverage on sustainability and Green Buildings intrigued uslook at our local level participation. Two students under the guidance of a facultymember undertook a study under senior project assignment to find if Long Island keepingup with its potential. It was found Coastal Zone, such as Long Island, are particularlyvulnerable to climate change according to a study in 2004 by Environmental ProtectionAgency. According to US Green Building Council New York State is ranked 3rd in USwith 2,570 LEED registered and certified buildings and New York City is ranked 1stamong cities with 909 LEED registered or certified buildings. However it was foundLong Island, adjacent eastwards land to New York City that is about 100 miles long andabout 25 miles wide, accounts for only 83 such Green Buildings. The major objective ofthe paper is to determine the extent in which green building principles are used forbuilding construction projects in Long Island. Also, the objective was to find motivationor de-motivation among building professionals to adopt green building practice andreasoning behind them. A web based survey was conducted followed by telephone call to163 architects, engineers, contractors, developers etc. The findings indicate that LongIsland’s major barrier to sustainable design is client demand. The paper describes thefinding in details along with potential motivating factors for such practices.

Bandyopadhyay, A. (2013, June), Barrier to Green Building Construction on Long Island, NY – A lesson Learn From A senior Project Assignment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19253

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