Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au - Fire-safe designs for the future]

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

New Estidama website launched – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo reports

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)has launched the new web site version of Estidama – sustainability in Arabic…….The state-of-the-art online portal includes a number of interactive tools that allow users home page customization according to their bespoke needs and specialized interests on sustainability issues.”

[SOURCE: AMEinfo - New Estidama online resource to foster sustainability knowledge and dialogue]

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Land preserved in Transylvania County – BlueRidgeNow.com

 BlueRidgeNow.com reports

“A rare natural community in Transylvania County, well-known to naturalists, biologists and conservationists throughout North Carolina, has been permanently protected through the efforts of the landowners and a local land trust, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy…..”

SOURCE: Land preserved in Transylvania County | BlueRidgeNow.com | Times-News Online

Technorati Tags: , , , ,


View Larger Map

Green trees deliver green benefits – ABC News (Australia)

ABC News reports

“The economic benefits of greening urban areas outweigh the costs, a new US study has found.

Dr Greg McPherson of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Davis, California will present the most comprehensive modelling to date on urban forests at the Urban Greenscapes Symposium in Canberra this week.

“This research is quantifying the role trees can play in clearing the
air, reducing stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide and saving
energy,” says McPherson, of the Center for Urban Forest Research…”

SOURCE: ABC News (Australia) – Green trees deliver green benefits

Sustainability to be woven into new buildings – Gulfnews

Rayeesa Absal of Gulf News reports “Upcoming buildings in the capital will need to have a minimum level of sustainability woven into their design plan in order to enable developers to secure the approval of the authorities for any project, officials told Gulf News.

Moving a step ahead of the Estidama (sustainability in Arabic) initiative launched in 2008 by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the council has unveiled a new development benchmark called Estidama Integrative Design Process (EIDP).”

{SOURCE: Gulfnews: Sustainability to be woven into new buildings}.

1 ... 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 ... 111
RSS FEED EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION Follow Us on Twitter Join Our LinkedIN Group Become a Fan on Facebook Circle us on google+