Green Building Transitions

Regional Trajectories of Innovation in Europe, Canada and Australia

  • Julia Affolderbach
  • Christian Schulz

Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Framing Urban Green Building

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Julia Affolderbach, Christian Schulz, Boris Braun
      Pages 3-14
    3. Julia Affolderbach, Christian Schulz
      Pages 15-27
    4. Julia Affolderbach, Christian Schulz
      Pages 29-45
    5. Boris Braun, Bérénice Preller, Christian Schulz, Julia Affolderbach
      Pages 47-65
  3. Practices and Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Sebastian Fastenrath, Bérénice Preller
      Pages 69-98
    3. Kirstie O’Neill , Julia Affolderbach
      Pages 99-132
    4. Sebastian Fastenrath
      Pages 133-157
  4. Trajectories of Greening

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Julia Affolderbach, Christian Schulz
      Pages 191-202
    3. Julia Affolderbach, Christian Schulz
      Pages 203-221
    4. Julia Affolderbach, Christian Schulz
      Pages 223-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-236

About this book


This volume analyzes sustainability-related innovations in the building sector and discusses how regional contexts articulate transition trajectories toward green building. It presents ‘biographies’ of drivers and processes of green building innovation in four case studies: Brisbane (AUS), Freiburg (GER), Luxembourg (LU), and Vancouver (CA). Two of them are relatively well known for their initiatives to mitigate climate change – particularly in the building sector, whereas the other two have only recently become more active in promoting green building. The volume places emphasis on development paths, learning processes, and innovations. The focus of the case studies is not restricted to purely technological aspects but also integrates regulatory, procedural, institutional, and other processes and routines and their influence on the variations of the building sector. 

The diversity of the selected case studies offer the reader the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of how sustainability developments have unfolded in different city regions. Case study-specific catalogues of transition paths provide insights to inform policy debates and planning processes. The catalogues identify crucial innovations (technological, regulatory, etc.) and explain the factors and circumstances that have led to their success and broader acceptance in Freiburg, Vancouver, Luxembourg, and Brisbane. With the help of a number of micro case studies within each of the four city regions, the case studies also offer ground for comparison and identification of differences. 

The book represents the outcome of the GreenRegio project, which stands for ‘Green building in regional strategies for sustainability: multi-actor governance and innovative building technologies in Europe, Australia, and Canada.’ GreenRegio was a 3-year CORE-INTER research project funded by the National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Urban sustainability Local contexts Low-energy building Retrofitting Green building ratings Energy efficiency Green economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Julia Affolderbach
    • 1
  • Christian Schulz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of HullHullUK
  2. 2.Institute of Geography and Spatial PlanningUniversity of LuxembourgEsch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg

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