Imagine picking blueberries on your roof, collecting rain and runoff water from your property and using it to flush toilets, heating and cooling your building using heat trapped beneath the Earth’s surface and having an electricity bill less than a quarter of the amount you usually pay. These are all features of a LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, building.
The proposed new Living with Lakes Centre on the shores of Ramsey Lake will be the first LEED building in Greater Sudbury and one of only five LEED buildings in the world to have a platinum certification, the highest rating attainable. The recently announced $4.5 million donation by Vale Inco will help to make this dream a reality.
Read more @ The Sudbury Star – Ontario, CA.
As reports of the subprime mortgage meltdown continue, an exhibition on view through March 16 in Gund Hall Gallery highlights a real estate crisis of an altogether different sort. A third of the world’s city dwellers — 1 billion people — live in shantytowns.
“Slums” is another term for these places, as is favelas. Yet another is “nonformal cities,” and that’s the one that has made its way into the title of the exhibition, “Dirty Work: Transforming the Landscape of Nonformal Cities in the Americas.”
Read more @ Dirty Work – The Harvard University Gazette.
Landscape or the garden is as old as the earth is. They are an art by themselves as they create such beautiful experiences in the people that uplift their spirits and expand their vision and invigorate their very life It is necessary that we formulate plans to enact laws in such a way that every concrete construction, be it a housing complex or a building for a hotel or an industry or a company there should be sufficient space earmarked for landscape. Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu, opened the 4th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Conference 2008 in Chennai with these words.
Is Chennai A Concrete Jungle? – Chennaionline.com
GRAND RAPIDS — It hasn’t taken long for some of the much-touted environmentally friendly features of Rapid Central Station to lose their green.
Rapid officials Wednesday approved spending $220,000 to replace the station’s green roof and $160,000 to replace the fiberoptic lighting that gives the Teflon canopy over its bus terminal a distinctive nighttime glow.
Officials say the green roof covered with sedum — a live Alpine plant that absorbs water — simply hasn’t thrived since it was installed in 2004.
Officials say they have worked with local horticulturists for the past three years and have determined the synthetic material for the plants isn’t deep enough. They also said the fiber optic lighting over the LEED-certified bus terminal costs far more than expected.
Rapid Central Station’s green roof will be replaced – mlive.com.
AMBITIOUS plans to more than double the number of people visiting Hazelborough Wood near Silverstone have been unveiled by The Forestry Commission.
Plans have been submitted to South Northants Council for a new visitors’ centre, 75 car parking spaces with parking for horse boxes, a play area, café, shop, toilets and a rangers office.
The new project, which is estimated to cost in the region of £600,000, would also feature a building that will act as a showcase for sustainable methods of heating by burning wood by-products found at the site to heat all the buildings in the development instead of using oil or electricity.
£600,000 boost for woodland – Buckingham Today.