A new system salvages building materials for recycling and harnesses energy as it brings Tokyo’s high-rise down. () Green construction has been the subject of considerable attention for some time now – but what about demolition?
very interesting indeed...we think always to sustainable buildings, but little about a sustainable demolition and this will be an important theme for old industrial towns that go through great changes and we will have to think on demololition of industrial buildings or retrofit
Well ahead of 2015 targets, environmental and conservation achievements in 2012 include a 20% reduction in potable water consumption per guest night and 13% reduction in energy consumption per guest night across the group compared with 2010 levels.
Green innovations are constantly changing as innovators are coming up with products. In terms of energy-saving insulation products, the three latest innovations are: Vacuum Insulation Panels, Aerogels, and Phase-Change Materials.
The facts and thoughts presented in this position paper reveal the complexity but also the potential organisational, financial and environmental benefits of integrating off-site electricity into the nearly-zero energy building concept. A thorough analysis of the EPBD's definition, existing concepts for nZEBs, aspects that influence the share of renewable energy and key issues around off-site renewables in nZEBs like energy cost, the advent of grid parity, metering schemes, ownership schemes of electricity generation, standardisation, monitoring, verification and enforcement has been done as a first contribution for starting a broader discussion around this topic.
Paradise or Oblivion This video presentation advocates a new socio-economic system, which is updated to present-day knowledge, featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and Industrial Designer Jacque Fresco, which he calls...
The design reflects the city’s surrounding streetscape, housing hotel and office space in a courtyard-inspired design. Labeled a “building-as-garden” concept, the Park Royal features a contoured tower podium from pre-cast concrete that acts as garden terraces concealing an opening to a car park and creating a vertical extension of dramatic greenery.
The impressive foliage could be mistaken for part of the adjacent Hong Lim Park, while other sustainable elements of the hotel include the use of automatic light, rain and motion sensors and integrated rainwater collection, irrigation and recycling technology.
Plants are not only found on the exterior façade but feature prominently throughout the naturally lit interiors. The decor complements the greenery, with warm, nature-inspired shades and textures worked into light and dark wood, pebbles and water features.
While many "green" building techniques have become the norm for new construction, panelists at a recent ULI forum say significant opportunities exist for upgrading or retrofitting buildings with green systems and technology.
interesting, and surely, in order to have a more sustainable environment, we have to confront with the existing buildings. I am writing from Italy, and i think that along we the requirement of new smart near zero building we have to address the retrofit of the huge amount of industrial re-convertible buildings
The inaugural event of the Tie-IIHS 'The Sustainable City' series brought together academics, decision makers, students and entrepreneurs to discuss how campuses can contribute to building more sustainable urban centres of the future.
Far from being at society’s margins it has the support, to various degrees, of virtually all governments, and many of the world’s most powerful political leaders, including the heads of state of the USA, China and other leading economies. It counts the CEO’s of many global companies and many of the world’s wealthiest people as active supporters – who between them direct hundreds of billions of dollars of capital every year towards practical climate action. And of course, this comes on top of one of the most global, best funded, broadly based and bottom up community campaigns we have ever seen.
That is the reality of the climate movement – it is massive, global, powerful, and on the right side of history.
So why, many ask, has it so far not succeeded in its objective of reducing CO2 emissions? Much has been written on this topic but most of it is wrong. It is simply an incredibly big job to turn on its head the global economy’s underpinning energy system. And so it has taken a while. Considering how long other great social movements took to have an impact – such as equality for women or the end of slavery and civil rights movements – then what’s surprising is not that the climate movement hasn’t yet succeeded. What’s surprising is how far its come and how deeply it has become embedded in such a short time.
And now is the moment when it’s greatest success might be about to be realised – and just in time.
The incorporation of interior greenery has grown to the point where it now even takes up indoor wall spaces.
"A new trend sees ‘bio-walls’ offering bring new life into conventional spaces. According to former University of Guelph researcher Dr. Alan Darlington, the incorporation of these green walls are drastically increasingly Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) passively, without energy reliance."
“We’re getting rid of 60 to 70 per cent of the pollutants in the air after a single pass through the filtration system,” he said. “It means less fresh outdoor air has to be brought in to maintain air quality and that significantly reduces the energy required to heat or cool that air. It’s a really beautiful technology.”
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