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.
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Renewable Energy World.com 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 World – Monitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations –
Daily Commercial News reports that “A recent study done at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that while green roofs are capable of significant thermal moderation, not all are equally capable of retaining stormwater.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Commercial News – Stormwater retention should be consideration for green roofs
“Grand Junction, Colo., has an innovative green roof installed on the new business building at Mesa State College. Landscape architect Rob Breeden said he designed the 6,000-square-foot roof to be unique in various ways — all of the plants are either drought-tolerant or cold-hardy, and custom planters have a unique soil mix that will keep them light even after watered to ease pressure on the roof structure”
SOURCE: OPEI SmartBrief – Green roof innovations flourish on Colorado campus building
VEGETABLE patches in the hallway and gardens on the rooftops are among the proposals being lined up for the redevelopment of Leith Docks.
The architects behind the framework for the massive development of the area want to introduce environmental aspects that will provide a “new way of living”.
SOURCE: Scotsman.com News – Architects look to raise the roof with green docks plans
But two Cal State Long Beach engineering
professors aim to fix that problem with their design for a high-efficiencyefficient turbine that can generate electricity from the much-slower wind speeds in urban areas.
The device, which professors Hamid Rahai and Hamid Hefazi recently patented, could use the wind energy along beaches, near freeways or on top of buildings, street lights or billboards to generate power for urban use.
SOURCE: Wind Turbine Goes Urban – Press-Telegram.
Innovative green features in Tempe’s new Transportation Center will make it one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the nation when the office block opens next month.
SOURCE: AZCENTRAL.com – Tempe building to be supergreen.