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Times of India reports
“When RMZ Millennium Park in Chennai was categorised as a LEED gold building by the Hyderabad-based Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
in September this year, the tally of certified green buildings in the city went up to nine.
Although Chennai’s realty sector embarked on the green quest in 2004, it is only now that the city is emerging as a top contender in energy-efficient and user-friendly office structures, ranking third overall in the country.”
[SOURCE: The Times of India – Chennai buildings get closer to nature]
People’s Daily reports
“Recently, the Beijing Municipal Construction Committee, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, and the Beijing Municipal Commission for Reform and Development have called for strengthening management on indoor temperature in Beijing’s public buildings. The indoor temperature in all public buildings that are using air conditioning systems or equipment for cooling or heating must not be lower than 26 Celsius(79) during summer and must not be higher than 20(68F) Celsius during winter.”
[SOURCE: Beijing sets temperature limits in public buildings – People’s Daily Online].
“The Energy Saving Trust, the independent body in charge of improving energy efficiency in the UK, predicted that the introduction of the tariffs could persuade 8.6 million people – around a quarter of households – to invest in combined heat and power, wind turbines or other low carbon technologies.”
SOURCE: Telegraph – More than 195,000 wind turbines to appear outside homes by 2020 – Telegraph.
Emirates Business 24/7 reports today that
“Despite caution over future projects, $800 billion (Dh2.9 trillion) of projects are currently under construction in the UAE, according to a survey by Proleads, the research partner of The Big 5.
Though the analysis covers all industries, civil construction developments continue to dominate projects under way topped by Jumeirah Gardens, Dubailand, Palm Deira, Yas Island, and White Bay Umm Al Quwain.”
[SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Projects worth $800bn under way in the UAE].
Martha Schwartz Partners Ltd has won an international design competition to provide the public realm and landscape design for Massar Children’s Discovery Centre and public park in Damascus, Syria.
[SOURCE: AMEinfo.com – Martha Schwartz Partners to undertake landscape design and public realm for pioneering educational discovery centre in Damascus | Martha Schwartz].
Propertywire.com is reporting “Falling oil prices could seriously affect construction projects in the Middle East with a review of infrastructure spending likely.”
[SOURCE: Propertywire.com (subscription) Infrastructure development in Middle East expected to slow]