Urban Projects get stricter sanctions

February 19, 2008,AEDT

Last year, the city undertook out major projects in transport infrastructure and water drainage, all of which will reduce traffic jams as well as contribute to the city’s socio-economic development. To ease the burden caused by construction projects, the department is strictly fining investors. For example last year the department | Read More

The Father of LEED Takes on China and India

February 18, 2008,AEDT

Robert Watson is often hailed as the father of LEED, the nationally recognized gold standard for green buildings. As a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council in the early 1990s, Watson, formerly senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, helped devise the now-popular rating system. But Watson | Read More

Boston, Cambridge recognized as green cities

February 16, 2008,AEDT

Two Massachusetts cities made the top 10 list in the March issue of Popular Science’s 50 most innovative cities in the U.S. Boston was ranked third — behind San Francisco and Portland, Ore. — and Cambridge sixth on the list of “greenest” cities based on criteria such as electricity use, | Read More

Blow for wind farm proposals

February 16, 2008,AEDT

PLANS for a controversial wind farm near Pontefract have been slammed by a Wakefield Council consultant.The news has come as a massive boost to local pressure groups fighting a dogged campaign to see off the plans by developers Banks Developments. That is the same company planning a wind farm on | Read More

Cities join WWF to cut carbon use

January 30, 2008,AEDT

Shanghai and Baoding have become the first cities to take part in a new WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative to research less carbon-intensive paths to urban development in China, the international environmental organization said. The Low Carbon City Initiative will initially focus on energy efficiency in buildings, renewable | Read More

HOK Designs First LEED Gold for Latina America

January 29, 2008,AEDT

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified the first LEED Gold building in Latin America. Located in Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, the HSBC Bank Headquarters Tower features a redesigned facade, public spaces, and interiors by architecture firm HOK. The 400,000-square-foot, 24-story redesigned Torre Angel building is | Read More

Green Buildings Don’t Have to Be New

January 29, 2008,AEDT

JUST about every month, a glitzy tower rises somewhere in the country, boasting the latest in “green” design and technology. To many people, that is an encouraging trend, especially when considering that commercial buildings account for more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption, according to government estimates, and | Read More

Anti Smog Architecture: A Catalyst for Cleaner Air in Paris

January 28, 2008,AEDT

Architect Vincent Callebaut’s latest project balances public galleries, meeting rooms and gathering spaces over canals and abandoned railroad tracks in the 19th Parisian district. The prototype uses green technologies and techniques but is more than just an example of sustainable design. Callebaut’s ‘Anti Smog: An Innovation Centre in Sustainable Development’ | Read More

A climate of change

January 27, 2008,AEDT

You’ve just installed energy- saving lightbulbs, only to hear that if one of them breaks you might have to evacuate the room to avoid toxic mercury. You’ve been sponsoring a patch of rainforest but now reports say the jungle is healing itself. You’ve been recycling your newspapers and glass bottles | Read More

Green Roof Proposed For Stretch Of California Highway

January 27, 2008,AEDT

A plan has been submitted to cover a stretch of California highway with a 24-acre park. It would be built on a deck constructed over the below-grade portion of the Hollywood Freeway (US-101). Organizers argue that by placing a “cap” over one of the world’s most congested freeway systems, the | Read More

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