The blueprint of the most pioneering green building in National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and also probably the first of its kind in the world, namely the Education Center for Subtropical Green Buildings (ECSGB) with an alias as “Green Magic School”, was recently approved by the City Urban Planning Committee of Tainan City in November, 2008, and simultaneously awarded by the Architecture and Building Research Institute of the Ministry of the Interior as a “Diamond Level Candidate for Green Building Labeling”. The detailed construction and design layout of this Green Magic School has been also completed on December 17th. Public tender on the construction work of the NCKU ECSGB is expected to be called around January of 2009 with an aim for completion of all construction work by 2010.
[SOURCE: MarketWatch – Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off]
The Dec. 14 Associated Press analysis “Planning hasn’t prevented growing pains” needs to be put into local perspective to fully understand the difference between a legal view to planning and a sustainable one.
read the full blog piece @ the SOURCE: tallahassee.com – Tallahassee Democrat – Daniel Parker: Why bother ‘planning’ if we defy smart growth?
“Consultants and contractors shed staff in wake of collapsing real estate sector.
Dubai-based consultants and contractors are now laying off thousands of staff, as increasing numbers of projects are being shelved in the wake of the collapse of the real estate sector.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MEED – Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies].
The National Newspaper reports
“Construction companies are restructuring salary packages and relocating staff within the Gulf to try to counteract the slowdown in Dubai and avoid redundancies.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Property firms adapt to tough times