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Designing Buildings that Evolve with the City

Designing Buildings that Evolve with the City | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Resilient cities need infrastructure that lasts and planning teams that are willing to step up to the plate. Designing structures that can sustain decades of use requires forethought beyond the basic combination of blocks, steel and glass. Just like sidewalks and street corners, city buildings have the power to connect people to one another. Buildings are shelters from unpredictable weather, places where people can have a good time or sit quietly and think. Buildings can also serve as checkpoints or another step in someone’s journey from point A to B.
Developing cities that thrive through the ebb and flow of time are not simply about creating infrastructure that can persist, but about designing buildings that evolve as cities evolve. Sustainable design transforms as cities develop visions for furthering connections among neighborhoods and city sectors. Design features such as energy efficiency, water conservation, and heat reduction that better regulates a building’s temperature are significant elements that replenish a city’s vitality through buildings that are capable of adapting to a city’s needs. Infrastructure that is greater than the sum of its parts also requires infrastructure that functions according to the changing needs of residents...


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Offshore renewable energy planning system to be streamlined - BBC News

Offshore renewable energy planning system to be streamlined - BBC News | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The director of policy at Scottish Renewables, Jenny Hogan, said: "With more than 11 gigawatts of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy projects in the pipeline by 2020, a streamlined and efficient process for securing planning consent is crucial to making these plans a reality."

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Integrated Energy Master Plan Released

Integrated Energy Master Plan Released | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
This audit also showed that academic, office, student life and residential buildings are performing well below the national benchmarks for energy efficiency while the science buildings are performing about average. According to the 2010 Campus Master Plan, the Bloomington campus could “realize an overall 30% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050, including anticipated development".
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