Reported today by 3 News New Zealand that the Otago District Council is banning Oamaru Stone as a building material as it is too bright and reflective. One has to wonder if the local council has heard of sustainable design? To ban a locally sourced product that has reflective and thermal qualities seems absurd, shall architects and builders start using Australian yellow sandstone or Chinese Shanxi Black granite to placate the local council?
read more about the saga at the SOURCE: 3 News > National > Story > Otago bans new homes from using Oamaru stone
Prashant Gopal of BusinessWeek looks at Green Jobs in the recovery
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a stimulus package that includes money for solar farms, wind turbines, electrical grid updates, mass transit, and the weatherizing and retrofitting of buildings. Besides its environmental benefits, the spending is expected to produce much needed jobs—about 1 million to 1.5 million of them, according to estimates by some environmental groups.
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: BusinessWeek – Now Hiring: Green-Collar Workers
Allston/Brighton TAB reports
Allston-Brighton residents received a first look at designs for a new ecologically sustainable park behind the Honan-Allston Library at the July 8 meeting of the Harvard-Allston Task Force.
The design, which was created with residents’ suggestions in mind, was generally well received by those who attended the meeting, though residents asked for the inclusion of a much-desired water element to the park………..
Sustainability was a key factor in the overall design, said Laura Solano, a principal for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Officials from Harvard University and MVVA stressed that the presentation did not represent the park’s final design.
SOURCE: Allston/Brighton TAB – Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library
image source: Kansas State University
MANHATTAN — Two faculty members from Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design have taken gardening to new heights.
R. Todd Gabbard, assistant professor of architecture, and Lee Skabelund, an assistant professor of landscape architecture, have installed an experimental green roof — or living roof — over a third-floor breezeway in Seaton Hall’s west wing.
The garden mixes 14 grasses and other plants native to Kansas inside a border of sedum, a shallow-rooted succulent……….
SOURCE: Kansas State University – K-State professors test native plants as roofing alternative
Daily Commercial News reports
California brush fires frequently make the news as they destroy homes and businesses. Supposing a brush fire occurs on top of a downtown highrise?
Read more at the SOURCE: Daily Commercial News – Fire safety concerns raised for green roofs