Moves towards green building design and construction should not be stalled by a global recession, according to environmental building experts.
Keith Clarke, the chief executive of WS Atkins, an engineering and architectural services firm, said the design and construction industry “simply doesn’t have time” to wait for the end of a recession before taking action on sustainable development.
read more @ the SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Sustainable development crucial for the long term.
Foster + Partners is one of eight leading companies launching a report today warning of the grave risks posed by a 2013 peak in oil production. The Oil Crunch: Securing the UK’s Energy Future is published by the newly-formed UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security, and is the first multi-company alarm bell to be sounded on the issue. The report urges the government to prioritise the peak oil threat, dramatically increase investment in clean energy and renewables and develop and implement a long-term transport strategy, founded on renewable energy sources.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners.
As part of its efforts to reduce pollution and create alternative sources of energy to meet growing demand, the city of Dubai has launched a major initiative to harness solar energy.
SOURCE: The Hindu News Update Service.
Christopher Hawthorne of L.A. Times looks at “Amid a period in which bolder has meant bigger, the economic slowdown could help push architects to imagine, identify and define new paths.”
Looking at the current financial crisis and how architecture could benefit in the long term.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Architecture can focus on L.A.’s shared spaces
“We need the environmental economists and others thinking outside the square to provide strategies and approaches to secure our social and ecological futures.”
read more @ the SOURCE: The Canberra Times – Green policies can save credit crisis and the planet