The U.S. Green Building Council’s new rating system for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in neighborhood development, known as LEED-ND, is coming under fire for not putting a greater emphasis on affordable housing.
Critics say LEED-ND, in its current draft, discourages participating developers from alloting dollars into expensive energy-efficient affordable housing if their payback is, at most, four points out of a possible 106. They worry the point system, and any resulting developer disincentives, will get ingrained in municipal law books if local governments continue to adopt LEED standards at unprecedented rates — all at a time, they add, when the growing gap between wages and mortgages is creating an affordable housing crisis regionally and nationally.
In a recent study by Cambridge, Mass.-based New Ecology Inc., the cost of building green affordable housing held a nearly 3 percent premium, ranging up to 9 percent on some projects.
read more @ the SOURCE: Mlive.com – Critics say new green rating hurts affordable housing.
Ed: Although an interesting article however the article doesn’t mention the savings that low-income families will gain with lower energy bills.
More education of the public in relation to LEED is needed (eg initial construction cost vs long-term running costs and reduced environmental costs). Urban Planning also becomes more important including density of housing.
THE designer behind the famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai has won an international competition to design Devine’s $1 billion French Quarter precinct in Brisbane.
The design of two towers by Tom Wright of Atkins has been selected from a field of five international architectural firms which were vying for the honour.
Your say: Is Brisbane ready for a project like this?
Atkins is also the group behind the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Dubai.
Devine managing director David Devine said yesterday now that the concept for the building had been selected planning work would start with an eye to lodging a development application in the next couple of months.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Courier-Mail – Twin towers in Brissie’s French Quarter
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority unanimously approved a tentative billion-dollar deal with the Related Companies on Thursday to build a 26-acre, $15 billion enclave of office towers, residential buildings and parks over the West Side railyards.
As a result, the transportation authority will negotiate a formal contract with Related, and its partner, Goldman Sachs, over the next five months and deposit an $11 million check from the developer for fees related to the massive project. The yards sit on both sides of 11th Avenue between 30th and 33rd Streets, near the city’s convention center.
The deal sets the stage for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s long-running campaign to transform the once-industrial neighborhood into the city’s next major business district. Still, it could be years before the first building is erected over the windswept yards and the transportation authority begins to get a steady rent stream from the developer.
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – M.T.A. Approves a New Deal to Build at West Side Yards
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The upcoming 2008 Olympic Games are inspiring some show-stopping buildings and technologies, among them the Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall by New York based architecture & media firm Simone Giostra & Partners. Visible from up to a kilometer away on one of Beijing’s most congested main roads, the 20,000 square foot bright light facade of the Xicui entertainment complex is more than stunning, it’s surprisingly strong in its green credentials. The Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall is the world’s largest color LED display, and has a self sustaining energy life-cycle. Harvesting sunlight collected during the day via photovoltaic solar cells, the wall uses stored solar energy to light up the LED’s for a spectacular nighttime show.
SOURCE: Inhabitat » GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) announce the selection of Perkins+Will as the architect for the new three million square-foot Police Academy campus in College Point, Queens.
The project will consolidate the Police Academy into one location with the most advanced law enforcement training facilities in the world. Program areas include a diverse mix of instructional and support elements that comprise a total campus: a main instructional building, field house, firearms and tactical training facility, Police Museum, visiting lecturer accommodations, parking garage, tactical village, rescue training, outdoor track, outdoor muster deck, and driver training.
Working in a project office alongside DDC and NYPD team members, architectural design consultant Michael Fieldman Architect, and consultants, Perkins+Will has begun the design for the 35-acre site. The integrated team is charged with creating a model facility that is adaptable to evolving training needs and emerging technology.
SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE – NYC DDC and NYPD Select Perkins+Will to Design $1 Billion New Police Academy.
High-profile arts facilities aren’t the only action around the Dallas Arts District.
Construction cranes bob over projects in the Dallas Arts District. A symposium will look at the effects of the downtown development.
Tonight a group of Harvard University students will present ideas for developing underused land at the district’s southeast corner. The presentation, titled “Good Design Makes Good Business,” will explore the impact of star-architect-designed arts facilities on commercial development nearby.
The symposium will be at 6:30 tonight at the Federal Reserve Building, after receptions for Harvard alumni and the public. Because of security requirements, reservations were required by Friday.
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District
The soaring number of eco-communities and eco-homes have resulted in a growing demand for sustainable materials.
One company that has benefited enormously from the boom is T Mawr, a traditional and ecological building company based in Brecon, which began growing rapidly in 2005 and has doubled in size every year since. Its workforce of four in 2000 has increased to 22 this year.
After concerns about the amount of sand extracted and dredged in the UK – 70 million tonnes and 12 million tonnes a year respectively – it pioneered the development of glaster and limecrete, natural alternatives to plaster and concrete, made from glass and lime respectively.
In November, the company launched Welsh sheep’s wool as a means of insulation and now sells 10 million tons of it every month.
Read more @ the SOURCE: icWales – Meeting the demand for sustainable materials– Author Steffan Rhys