WIT Press


GREEN BUSINESS PARKS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECO170021

Volume

214

Pages

11

Page Range

9 - 19

Published

2017

Size

738 kb

Author(s)

SARA MOHAMED ATWA, MONA GAMAL IBRAHIM, AHMED MOHAMED SALEH

Abstract

The world cities have an increasing task to provide a convenient habitat for most of the world’s human population. Cities are generally responsible for most of the global carbon emissions. The sustainability concept has continued to be a top priority on the governmental agenda across the world. Business parks are designed to be environmentally sustainable, which will help reduce air pollution and develop social health and lifestyle. Besides many ecological and environmental services, business parks provide significant social and spiritual benefits to human societies. Green business parks aim to decrease the huge negative effect of business on both nature and society. The main purpose of this paper is to address the importance of green business parks for employees’ and users’ well-being, and for the sustainability of the city they inhabit. The paper introduces an evaluative framework for the sustainability of green business parks in Egypt. Therefore, the paper discusses the idea of the sustainable city and the connection between human well-being and the constructed environment in business parks. It also studies some cases that have appeared in the Egyptian cities; to show whether they achieve the aspects of sustainability or need redesign and upgrading plans. The study shows a concrete relationship between the indoor environment of business parks and human well-being. This endorses the fact that the more sustainable the place of work, the less its tendency to impose bad health effects on the building’s occupants. Highlighting the important role of green business parks for employees’ well-being and for a healthy environment can be a step towards future sustainable green cities in Egypt.

Keywords

skyscrapers, sustainable city, quality of life, business parks