Gulf Landscaping organisers UK’s CMPi have announced their support for the 2030 initiative – Estidama – devised to make Abu Dhabi the sustainability capital of the Middle East.
“We support the initiative as it is an integrated program to devise guidelines and regulations for sustainable (green) design, operation and maintenance of all types of buildings and communities within the emirate of Abu Dhabi and will be a forerunner that ensures the balanced growth of residential and commercial buildings integrating ample greenery and landscaping,” said CMPi Group Director, Chris Fountain.
Mr. Fountain noted that Estidama New Building (ENB) design guidelines have been written to provide all concerned parties and stakeholders with outline information for an integrated approach to sustainable building design.
“This holistic approach to sustainable design opens up several new avenues for the landscaping business as Abu Dhabi leads the way by setting guidelines to integrate local and built environment in the regional context,” Mr. Fountain remarked.
Estidama, will subsequently be introduced in all seven emirates in the country and will serve as a prototype for other countries in the region.
Estidama, a sustainable development project still in the trial phase, is currently formulating construction guidelines for all new development projects in the capital, and is expected to save energy and water consumption by up to 30 per cent. It will also be consulting with government agencies, utility providers and developers and planning consultants to draft sustainability guidelines for public facilities such as sidewalks and parks.
Gulf Landscaping is scheduled to take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 17th to 18th November 2008.
SOURCE: Gulf Landscaping – Press Release
ValleyCrest Companies, the leading national full-service landscape firm with $1 billion in revenue, today announced that they will be re-branding the residential design-build efforts in the Dallas area under the Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest name. Providing seamless design-build services, Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest offers luxury residential landscape services to homeowners, architects, developers and building contractors.
SOURCE (PRNEWSWIRE.com) – Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest Launches in Dallas.
Englewood – This community built around the water plans to transform its downtown into a statewide model for urban redevelopment that puts a stopper on polluted storm runoff.
read more @ the SOURCE: Eco-friendly redeveloping | HeraldTribune.com | Southwest Florida’s Information Leader.
Karachi, with a population of more than 18 million, is termed the world’s second largest ‘city proper’ – after Mumbai, India. In terms of civic facilities especially urban public transport, however, Karachi is still like an under-developed town.
SOURCE: The News.com.pk – Megalopolis Karachi still goes.
After 33 years, Chennai has got its second master plan, and much hope is placed on it to positively shape the metroplis. However, even before the plan could be implemented through a Government Order, an important railway link has been dropped and land uses are changed. The recent fire accident in T. Nagar is a reminder about the poor implementation of plan and rules. Will the new plan deliver what it promises and is the CMDA equipped to implement it?
read more @ the SOURCE: The Hindu : Second master plan – what’s next? city pulse.
CONSTRUCTION of the world’s second seven star hotel will begin in Sanya, Hainan Province this year with a budget of up to 2 billion yuan (US$292 million).
The 120-meter-high hotel is expected to open to the public in 2011. It will be managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc, which manages 120 hotels in 23 countries and regions around the world, Beijing Times reported today.
SOURCE: Star studded hotel plans — Shanghai Daily
More than 4,500 people have joined a new scheme to ease congestion on Dubai’s roads, it has been announced.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the number of subscribers to its carpooling service, known as ‘Sharekni’, has exceeded 4,525 – just one month after launching this service.
SOURCE: ArabianBusiness.com – 4,500 sign up to Dubai car sharing scheme – Transportation –