By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The term 'green building' is most commonly referring to sustainable building practices and environmentally conscious construction, wide-ranging concepts including everything from energy efficiency to waste management. Recent reclassification and investment in some of Rio's sprawling favela communities has the green industry gaining momentum in Brazil, alongside the U.S., Israel and China.

“We’re talking not just about potentially transforming the lives of those living in the favelas, but about improving the lives of Brazilians everywhere,” says Jonathan Kendall, co-founder of green consultancy Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here