Engineers Study Environmental Benefits Of Green Roofs – KHBS NW Arkansas reports

“In a research project at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Watershed Research and Education Center, graduate student Channon Toland is studying the use of green roofs to control the storm water that now runs off of manmade structures. Working with Brian Haggard, director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center, and Mark Boyer, head of the department of landscape architecture, Toland built 15 mock green roofs at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Watershed Research and Education Center in Fayetteville”

[SOURCE: KHBS NW Arkansas – Engineers Study Environmental Benefits Of Green Roofs]

Ivanhoe Cambridge Officially Breaks Ground on Metrotower III

”Ivanhoe Cambridge, the owner, developer and manager of the Metrotower Office Complex in Burnaby, announced today that it is developing the complex’s third office tower, Metrotower III. Occupancy of the 29 storey office tower is expected in summer 2011.

Metrotower III is the first project in Canada to be pre-certified for LEED® CS (Core and Shell) Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.”

SOURCE: Ivanhoe Cambridge – News – Ivanhoe Cambridge Officially Breaks Ground on Metrotower III.

Abu Dhabi’s UPC launches Estidama sustainable programme

To enable Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, the Urban Structure Framework Plan for Abu Dhabi, to establish a distinctive framework for measuring sustainability performance beyond the usual planning and construction phases, The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, is addressing sustainability concerns of the community at large through 4 key angles; environmental, economic, social and cultural.

By setting up new standards, the UPC, through its Estidama sustainable program, has developed its “Community Sustainable Responsibility” initiative, Estidama CSR 2030 (ECSR 2030).


Blue Is the New Green – –

Allison Arieff in her Blog at the looks at how water is becoming the new green now that oil has dropped to $60 a barrel.

Here is an excert from her blog “Although 70 percent of the earth is covered with water, just 3 percent of that water is fit for human consumption. This isn’t going to improve anytime soon. Failures in water-related infrastructure result in lost biodiversity, higher temperatures, increased flooding, massive impact on energy and unsafe, unsanitary water.”

Read more of Allison Arieff Blog @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.comBlue Is the New Green – Allison Arieff Blog

Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

AILA 2009 Conference – Shifting Perspective + Practice

The 2009 AILA (Australia Institute of Landscape Architects) National Conference seeks responses to these needs through showcasing various examples of professional engagement in developing contemporary community perspectives of real and imagined landscapes. The Conference sessions and speakers will explore the proposition that the built environment design professions should lead positive change in designed landscapes.

More at the Website

Monitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations – Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy reports

In the world of environmentally sensitive and sustainable building, green roofs are becoming more popular in new commercial building and renovation projects. The investment in covering a roof with soil and plants can pay off through mitigating stormwater runoff, lessening the heat island effect and offsetting interior heating and cooling costs.

In order to verify that a green roof is indeed providing the benefits to justify the investment, it’s important to monitor performance.

Read more about Green Roof Monitoring @ the SOURCE: Renewable Energy WorldMonitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations –

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