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A Sustainable High-Rise Greens the Sydney Skyline

A Sustainable High-Rise Greens the Sydney Skyline | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

While action toward building ‘greener’ more sustainable structures is gaining momentum in Europe and America, an office tower from down-under is putting Australia on the green buildings map.


A 30 story high-rise office tower in Sydney, Australia’s central business district, 1 Bligh Street a treasure trove of sustainable innovation and design.Designed by Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects, this environmentally responsible office tower is set to create a benchmark in Australia for sustainable high-rise buildings and provide an enduring presence on the city skyline.

“The dramatic, naturally-ventilated central atrium connects the office workers with nature at the inner depths of the plan, giving a sense of openness for the entire building. The series of communal spaces throughout the building, and especially the fantastic rooftop garden, add greatly to the quality of life for the tenants.”


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High rises can be sustainable!

 

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Top Green Design Firms | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

Top Green Design Firms | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
"Green and sustainable design techniques are quickly becoming a mainstay in the construction industry."
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Interesting article about the growing demand for green construction. Green regulations, such as IGCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and CalGreen, as well as the new LEED v4 certification are covered.
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A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam

A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Vietnam-based architect firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed an environmentally-friendly structure for FPT University that is located about 34 km away from Hanoi.
The façade of the seven-story building is designed to look like a checkerboard, with huge floor trees placed in the openings. The openings also let in lots of natural sunlight, saving on energy.
Measuring at 11,065-square-meters, the structure will also feature a green roof to protect the whole building from too much sunlight.
According to the architects, “the structure is intended to promote sustainable development in Vietnam,” and “instill sustainable practices in the future generations”.


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Again Asia is really showing a lot of innovation.

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Forget Vertical Farms, This Is a Vertical Rice Paddy/Fish Nursery/Transit Center/Nuclear Plant

Forget Vertical Farms, This Is a Vertical Rice Paddy/Fish Nursery/Transit Center/Nuclear Plant | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
No sustainable detail is left out of this proposed Hong Kong skyscraper.
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This proposed skyscraper is more of a pipe dream, but it is still cool to marvel at all the sustainable features being packed into the project. 

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Sustainable Buildings Of 2014

The Top 10 Most Innovative Sustainable Buildings Of 2014 | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

By next year, as much as 48% of new non-residential building construction will be green, according to estimates. Sustainable architecture is no longer rare.

 

 

 


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Its nice to see that developers and investors have caught on to the benefits of better buildings but we still have a lot of stock to retrofit before we will make a dent in the total supply.

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Sustainable and affordable should be synonymous

Sustainable and affordable should be synonymous | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Everyone needs to start talking a common language when it comes to buildings

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In order to make the cost benefits of green buildings transparent, there need to be universal standards for collecting data and for measuring green building performance.

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Feature> Beyond LEED - The Architect's Newspaper

Feature> Beyond LEED - The Architect's Newspaper | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Chris Bentley explores the latest horizons in sustainable design metrics. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
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Nice commentary on LEED and simply more sustainable buildings.

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Top 10 countries for LEED | U.S. Green Building Council

Top 10 countries for LEED | U.S. Green Building Council | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: Top 10 countries for LEED on www.usgbc.org
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Energy Retrofits Could Reach $1T By ‘23

Energy Retrofits Could Reach $1T By ‘23 | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
BOULDER, CO Government regulations will play a part in the increased demand for energy efficiency retrofits, but many building owners here and abroad are using them to support greening and green marketing efforts, says Navigant.
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This is good news for the green building industry.
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Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Thanks to Steve Laposa for this one.  

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Net Zero Water is Coming | Vista Window Films Blog

Net Zero Water is Coming | Vista Window Films Blog | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Buildings using net zero water use only the water they are able to generate or capture onsite
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Net Zero water seems possible in many climates but wherever annual rainfall is less than 15 inches or where there are long dry spells it is a challenge.   

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The World's Most Energy-Efficient Countries

The World's Most Energy-Efficient Countries | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Guess what? The U.S. doesn't even rank in the top 10, and overall it appears the world could save tons of energy by doing more with less.
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The US is 13th in this ranking.

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Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map

Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Examining the network of power plants, transmission wires, and pipelines gives new insights into the inner workings of the electrical grid
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I don't understand why we have such as dumb un-integrated grid. How do we get all the utilities to work together as well as a way to sell excess electricity production and store it, during low demand periods?  

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Carbon tax is gone: Repeal bills pass the Senate

Carbon tax is gone: Repeal bills pass the Senate | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The Abbott government says it has not left Australia's environmental policy in limbo with the repeal of the carbon tax and it will push ahead with "plan A" to convince the Senate to support its Direct Action policy.
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I assume the reason behind this move is the concern over global competitiveness, but that has not been made clear yet.   If so, it does suggest the need for developed and emerging countries to consider another Kyoto treaty, which BTW the US did not sign.  A carbon tax seems more workable than carbon credit trading, since there is less auditing required.

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A Concept ‘Vertical City’ Skyscraper That Supports An Ecosystem

A Concept ‘Vertical City’ Skyscraper That Supports An Ecosystem | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

London-based design and academic research architecture practice SURE Architecture has designed and developed a concept skyscraper with multiple functions.
Called ‘Endless City’, the organic skyscraper is built around six steel tubes with an “endless” ramp that goes around the building from the ground floor, all the way up to the top. 
It also features energy-saving and waste management elements that give the building another purpose—supporting an ecosystem. Plazas and communal spaces will occupy most parts of the skyscraper. 
According to the architects, the shape of the skyscraper “attempts to maximize passive energy and reduce artificial lighting and ventilation”...


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This is not yet a real building, only a concept but it does continue the idea of integrating natural processes.

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Large solar array planned at Ford headquarters

Large solar array planned at Ford headquarters | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it's teaming up with Detroit-based utility DTE Energy to build a 68,000-square-foot solar array at the automaker's Dearborn world headquarters.
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Wonders never cease.

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Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia

Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
By encouraging the adoption of energy-saving technologies and innovative architectural design, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important development in a region...
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Check out this photo.  Pretty green.  Now if Singapore can only keep the pythons from climbing up that would be great. :-)

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New “inflatable concrete” construction system is born in Austria

New “inflatable concrete” construction system is born in Austria | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Architects hoping to play with large, free-form concrete structures often get sent back, literally, to the drawing board because the complex timber formwork required is so expensive. But now a new, “inflatable concrete” system developed in Austria could restore some of that freedom by removing the need for formwork altogether.

Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) this month announced the successful demonstration of a system that uses air cushions to push and bend newly-poured concrete slabs up into predetermined shapes..


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Interesting new technology for concrete

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LEED Changes Game with New Dynamic Plaque

LEED Changes Game with New Dynamic Plaque | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced its newest system at Greenbuild 2013, the industry took notice. And according to a recent GreenBiz.com article, the new LEED Dynamic Plaque h...
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More information is always better as now shown on these plaques.

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10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
They’re not just for global shipping anymore: These creative adaptations think inside the box.

At this moment, there are more than 17 million steel intermodal shipping containers floating or riding across the globe—rectangular, bland engines of global commerce filled with anything and everything you can imagine. While there’s a certain fascination with all these small links in the global supply chain slowly making their way around the world—each identified with its own ISO 6346 number, an odd commercial shorthand—here at Dwell, we’re even more amazed by what happens when the trip ends and reconstruction and reuse begin.

Here are ten more recent projects that give thiese 20-foot-long steel rectangles a second life.


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These are better looking than most modular units, generally for housing, from shipping containers.  Given that the US imports far more than we export we will probably have a lot of these sitting around. 

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Tesla, Panasonic sign deal for battery Gigafactory

Tesla, Panasonic sign deal for battery Gigafactory | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Electric-car maker Tesla Motors and electronics giant Panasonic announced Thursday that they have signed an a deal to build a huge battery plant in the U.S. Tesla calls it the
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Better cheaper batteries and such factories will be a growth industry for many years. 

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On-site composting ideal for urban operations

On-site composting ideal for urban operations | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Vertal Inc., a Montreal-based company specializing in the design and manufacturing of urban composters, says they are revolutionizing on-site urban food waste composting with their CITYPOD composter.  
Vertal says they have gained valuable on-site composting experience since 2008, providing ef...
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IAUC Newsletter No 49 now available – Deaths per 1,000 square kilometers per year due to air pollution | International Association for Urban Climate

IAUC Newsletter No 49 now available – Deaths per 1,000 square kilometers per year due to air pollution | International Association for Urban Climate | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Health risks are here now from pollution and for many people this is more critical than long run climate impacts.

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Sprint to Host Realcomm's CoRE Tech 2014 at Its Overland Park Headquarters Campus

Sprint to Host Realcomm's CoRE Tech 2014 at Its Overland Park Headquarters Campus | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Carlsbad, CA, July 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- CoRE Tech is the premiere networking and educational event for the corporate real estate (CRE) and facilities industry focusing exclusively on technology, automation and innovation.
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I can think of better places to meet but then Sprint has some very forward thinking ideas and CoreTech last year was great, so this looks like a good meeting Nov 10th and 11th in Kansas. 

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49ers Home Levi's® Stadium the First NFL Venue to Open with LEED Gold ... - 49ers.com

49ers Home Levi's® Stadium the First NFL Venue to Open with LEED Gold ... - 49ers.com | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Adding to its growing list of firsts, Levi's® Stadium has become the first stadium in the U.S.
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What would be really cool would be capturing kinetic energy from fans stomping or moving in the seats.  The technology exists.

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Poll: 60% back carbon tax if used for renewables

Poll: 60% back carbon tax if used for renewables | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Americans oppose carbon tax - unless the money is returned to them or used for renewables.
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Carbon taxes are easier to administer than carbon credit trading.

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