Greener buildings – Thailand

Concern over global warming has inspired many housing developers to use energy-saving as a selling point for new projects. Among 13 developers who received the 2007 energy-conserving housing awards from Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency is three-year-old Fine Home Housing Development Co Ltd, which adapts local knowledge to the design of its energy-saving homes.

The energy-saving concept starts with the location. Most projects are located near gardens or canals, says Fine Home managing director Sukit Triwanapong.

Bangkok Post : Business news.

Asuni CAD Releases ARQ Landscape 3 for AutoCAD

Asuni CAD presents its latest application: ARQ Landscape 3, the most complete tool for landscape design aimed at landscaping, urban planning, and gardening professionals, urbanism and environmental councils for local entities, etc.

ARQ Landscape 3 is a specific tool to design and project green areas. It constitutes an evolved application which incorporates the features required to develop a landscaping project in all its phases within an AutoCAD: from the technical 2D plane, to generating real images and virtual tours throughout the design.

Asuni CAD Releases ARQ Landscape 3 for AutoCAD – Tenlinks.com

£600,000 boost for woodland – Buckingham Today

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.

EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue

You don’t care where your kids, and their kids, are going to live and you don’t care about the future of the planet.

Do you really want to tell the rest of the world that this mindset pretty much sums up the collective attitude of Vancouverites?

It looks like a few of your neighbours would like to broadcast just such a message as the debate over EcoDensity reaches a crescendo next week.

No other North American city has been able to focus public attention on a simple high ideal that speaks so clearly to the global challenge we all face, and easily translates into real action in our neighbourhoods to ward off these forces that threaten our quality of life.

We should be celebrating, with a global fanfare, that one of our politicians has done just that.

EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue – Vancouver Sun.

China: Going Green, Going It Alone

Clean-tech investors, like those that swarmed the U.N. headquarters last week, have been drooling over investment prospects in suddenly-green China. Maybe it’s time to curb the enthusiasm.

“China expects local capital to fund 90 percent of the infrastructure and other investment needed to meet its goal to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020,” a top Chinese environmental official told Reuters at a climate-change shindig in Monaco (following Bali and Honolulu, yet another hardship destination for climate negotiators.)

China recently passed a renewable-energy law similar to the European Union’s that mandates a big increase in the use of clean energy like wind- and solar power over the next decade. And in China, a big percentage increase means a big increase: To make wind power 10% of the installed electricity capacity — an amount that the wind industry says is realistic – China needs to install 120 gigawatts of wind turbines. Perspective check: That’s more wind power than currently installed worldwide, or two entire Spains, or roughly 120 mid-sized nuclear plants.

Environmental Capital – WSJ.com : China: Going Green, Going It Alone.

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