Green roofs taking root

Shaw, a Eugene home­owner interested in environmentally sustainable building techniques, installed the green roof on an addition two years ago.

It’s one of a handful of public and private Eugene buildings that sport a layer of greenery on top, a trend that has taken off in larger metropolitan areas such as Portland and Chicago.

A technique dating back thousands of years, it was resuscitated in Germany more than 20 years ago, and is gaining ground in the United States.

Green roofs taking root: The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore..

American Institute of Architects pushes sustainable buildings : Business News : Commercial Appeal

American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter as it launches an ambitious 2008 agenda under the leadership of Self Tucker principal Jimmie Tucker.
Jimmie Tucker, principal in Self Tucker Architects Inc., said AIA will focus in 2008 on encouraging “green” development, the push for a civic design center that would serve as a clearinghouse for design and planning issues and on getting more children and young adults interested in architecture.

Jimmie Tucker, principal in Self Tucker Architects Inc., said AIA will focus in 2008 on encouraging “green” development, the push for a civic design center that would serve as a clearinghouse for design and planning issues and on getting more children and young adults interested in architecture.

American Institute of Architects pushes sustainable buildings : Business News : Commercial Appeal.

Abu Dhabi Builds Its Architectural Cred

The building boom in the capital of the United Arab Emirates rivals that of Dubai. But Abu Dhabi hopes to distinguish itself with ambitious green architecture

In recent weeks, the rivalry between neighboring United Arab Emirates Dubai and Abu Dhabi has been heating up on a world stage—most notably with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s purchase of a $7.5 billion stake in Citigroup (C) (BusinessWeek.com, 11/27/07), which came on the heels of Dubai’s investment in Sony (SNE) in late November.

Abu Dhabi Builds Its Architectural Cred– Business Week – Reena Jana

DEFRA consultation – Landscape Institute

DEFRA is currently in consultation on the review of schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and a ban on the sale of certain non-native species.

Pages 12 to 23 and 27 to 31 are perhaps of most relevance to members and any views that you may have would be greatly appreciate. Please contact Stephen Russell, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, to make your views known or to discuss further”.

The consultation will close on 31 January 2008.

stephenr@landscapeinstitute.org

DEFRA consultation.

Gray water recycling gains momentum: Is it safe?

That’s why, especially in the midst of a drought, some Atlantans cringe at the thought of flushing it down the commode.

“Putting drinking water down our toilets doesn’t make sense,” said Danny Feig-Sandoval.

The Atlanta contractor is among a handful of Atlantans who have installed gray-water systems in their homes, using recycled water to flush rather than wasting the clean stuff.

Gray water is water that has been captured from the shower, the tub, the bathroom sink or the laundry — not the toilet.

Gray water recycling gains momentum: Is it safe? | ajc.com.

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center Opens

The National Park Service and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area announce the opening of the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center at milepost 384 on the parkway on December 17.

The building itself reflects the cutting edge of energy saving technology. Constructed to LEED certification standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), it features active/passive heating and cooling, radiant floor heating, a “green” roof and other energy efficient features.

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center Opens December 17, 2007. – Blue Ridge Parkway Guide

Cities cultivate 2 types of green

Squatting on the roof of a row house with a panoramic view of the sewage plants and warehouses that surround the South Bronx, James Wells sounds like a tree-hugger.

He photographs the progress of seedlings he planted on the roof, one of his first “green roof” installations, and explains how roofs covered by soil and plants, more trees on the ground and cleaner parks are key to fighting the pollution that overwhelms the neighborhood. As he speaks, a pungent rotting smell emanates from a sewage plant.

“Imagine living under these types of conditions,” says Wells, 29. “It’s one of the reasons asthma rates are so high in the Bronx.”

Two years ago, Wells made an improbable conversion from convict to environmentalist. He was just out of prison after serving 10 years for armed robbery and couldn’t find a job that would pay enough to make the rent.

Then he found Sustainable South Bronx, and he found a calling.

Cities cultivate 2 types of green – USATODAY.com. Marisol Bello

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