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Topic: Environmental Architecture
The new items published under this topic are as follows.


Environmental Architecture Midrand, South Africa: Vodacom to build one of Africa’s greenest commercial buildings
posted by on Friday, June 24, 2011 - 03:11 AM

gfoat writes "South African innovation centre will develop renewable energy solutions to help reduce carbon emissions across Vodafone group Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone, is to build one of Africa’s greenest commercial buildings as a base to develop new ways of using renewable energy across Vodafone’s global networks. Based in Midrand, South Africa, the innovation centre will play an important role in helping to reduce carbon emissions through the use of renewable energy, as well as batteries. The centre will also look at how to reduce the running and deployment cost of base station sites. Findings will be shared across the Vodafone group. "

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Environmental Architecture UK’s First Zero Carbon Church Practices What It Preaches
posted by on Monday, October 11, 2010 - 04:11 AM

gfoat writes "Work has been completed on the UK’s first zero carbon church, the grade 1 listed, Norman church of St Michael and All Angels in the Cotswold village of Withington, Gloucestershire. The works were finally completed after one week of intense activity when solar panels were placed on the roof and the boiler installed and commissioned, meaning that the whole of the church, which dates back to 1140, is now completely heated and powered from renewable energy sources."

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Environmental Architecture UK: 3 years of Future Energies progress
posted by on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 07:00 PM

gfoat writes "Future Energies and our sister company, Alan Montague Limited, have just finished a major low carbon home project in Denstone, Staffordshire. Environmentally sound materials were utilised in the construction and several energy efficiency features and innovative technologies are incorporated into this new build, in order to reduce C02 emissions. Four superior four bedroom executive detached residences, offering spacious family sized accommodation, have the benefit of Heat Pump technology, double glazing and high thermal insulation qualities, with water reclamation and heat recovery ventilation. The project is situated in the prestigious Denstone village, which has easy access to comprehensive facilities, the A50 Derby/Stoke link road linking to the motorway network of the M6. JCB headquarters are approximately two miles away. The exciting Alton Towers is only a stone’s throw away for the younger generation. See the full newsletter here."

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Environmental Architecture Abu Dhabi: Work starts on greener city
posted by on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 04:00 AM

gfoat writes "It has been reported that Abu Dhabi has started to build the world's first zero carbon city powered by renewable energies. Named the Masdar City costing $22bn (£11.3bn) & estimated to take eight years to build, will be home for 50,000 people. Using traditional Gulf architecture the buildings will use a quarter of the power required for a similar sized community. The finance is being directed through a company called the Masdar Initiative, a company established to commercialise clean energy technologies. The city will be master planned by a company called Foster + Partners. The design will be a centre for the development of new ideas for future energy production & sustainable urban development. For more info see, BBC NEWS"

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Environmental Architecture ROOFTOP GENERATION TO GIVE POWER - AND CASH - TO THE PEOPLE
posted by on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 12:15 PM

gfoat writes "Many UK households could one day be self-sufficient in energy needs
and routinely make money by selling surplus electricity from home
generators such as solar panels and micro-wind turbines. This is among the possibilities raised by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks as the Department of Trade and Industry asks for views on the development of "micro-generation" of low-carbon energy by homes, businesses and public buildings."


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Environmental Architecture US,Golden,Colo: 15 Home Builders Earn Energy Value Awards
posted by on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 - 06:59 AM

gfoat writes "Fifteen builders will receive this year's Energy Value Housing Awards (EVHA) on March 25 at the National Green Building Conference in Seattle, Wash. The awards, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Association of Home Builders Research Center and Professional Builder Magazine, were announced in February at the 2002 International Builders' Show in Atlanta. "

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Environmental Architecture UK,MIDDLESBROUGH: Nature's World Ecostructure
posted by on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 07:01 AM

Anonymous writes "The North of England’s Pioneering Eco-Experience Nature’s World is developing a futuristic ‘Ecostructure’ and a ‘Hydroponicum’. The ‘Ecostructure’ is earth sheltered which has the advantage that it helps keep the building warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The ‘Hydroponicum’ is the large bowl shaped dome housing an indoor garden of the future. "

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Environmental Architecture UK,Scotland,Fife: Earthships Are Coming to Scotland
posted by on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 06:34 AM

gfoat writes "The deserts of northern New Mexico, USA are a far cry from the green hills and glens of Scotland, as are the rice field mountains of Japan, or the cold Russian steppes, yet there is a tangible thread weaving the cloak of sustainability over them all. Mike Reynolds, principal architect of Solar Survival Architecture in New Mexico pioneered the Earthship over 30 years ago. The result is a home that can be adapted worldwide and is arguably the "flagship model" of self-sufficient living."

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Environmental Architecture Florida Gulf Coast University to construct Green Building
posted by on Wednesday, July 04, 2001 - 04:58 AM

gfoat writes "Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), located in Fort Myers, Florida, recently announced that it has received a gift of $350,000 from Watermark Communities, Inc. (WCI) for the construction of a new Green Building Demonstration and Learning Center on the FGCU Campus. "

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Environmental Architecture Grass Root design saves energy.
posted by on Monday, January 08, 2001 - 06:12 AM

gfoat writes "Traditional flat roof space on city buildings could be carpeted with a growing green top layer. Combining carefully laid layers, and roof repellent membranes with an inbuilt drainage system, the technology supports plant life which lowers the temperature of these buildings thereby requiring less power for cooling. It has been calculated that in summer and winter, grass roof tops moderate temperatures by 10F. Rooftop greening can also filter air pollutants and retain up to 70% storm water, thereby reducing storm water contamination and also the risk of flooding.

It has been reported that grass rooftops will be put to the ultimate test by Ford Motor Company. "

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Environmental Architecture UK: Dr Susan Roaf Demands Architectural Action
posted by on Thursday, November 16, 2000 - 06:24 AM

jabela writes "

In a challenge to Government Dr Susan Roaf said that every local council should refuse to build houses on their land for the reason that it would mean they fail to meet their environmental CO2 objectives.

She slammed the Government for spending 1500 million subsidising Nuclear power when they could be spending it developing eco-friendly housing. She stated that with the right design a house could reduce its CO2 output per year from 6500 Kg right down to 150Kg. The technology to build such houses is available right here, right now!"


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Environmental Architecture SOLAR POWER FOR DOT COM
posted by on Friday, October 27, 2000 - 11:31 AM

gfoat writes "

David Lloyd Jones, writes: The Solar Office has been taken by top e-commerce company: Domainnames.com

The Solar Office is located on a business park near Sunderland. Domainnames.com, a leading e-commerce company, has just moved in. The Solar Office is the first speculatively constructed commercial building to incorporate building integrated photovoltaics and the resulting solar façade is the largest so far constructed. Solar energy is expected to provide one third of Domainnames’ electricity requirement. The building was designed by Studio E Architects. "

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Environmental Architecture 200 kilowatts of solar power for the Feds.
posted by on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 05:54 AM

gfoat writes "Washington revealed the winners of the National Design competition this morning. Four Chicago-area architects have won the award with their proposed "Sun Wall" solar installation at the Energy Department's headquarters building in Washington, DC. The System on completion is said to generate up to 200 kilowatts of electric power, enough power to supply 60 homes.

(EarthVision Environmental News) "

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Environmental Architecture Being Environmentally friendly saved BIC £100,000 per year
posted by on Friday, September 29, 2000 - 12:37 PM

jabela writes "

Chris Warren, who heads up the Environment and Services division of Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) says,"We occupy a unique situation in the town and feel a special responsibility for the long term implications on the environment through our actions."

What he did not realise was that his environmentally responsible attitude would save BIC £100,000 a year in electricity and gas. Since 1986 he has managed a 25.6% reduction in electrical consumption and a 67% reduction in gas consumption. This significant saving has inspired staff to constantly seek ways to improve energy consumption. "

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Environmental Architecture Huf Haus
posted by on Friday, September 29, 2000 - 12:32 PM

jabela writes "The Huf Haus is an architectural concept that gives a new dimension to the idea of a home, using natural materials whose character and charm creates a unique living atmosphere. This year Huf Haus was winner of an unprecedented three "National Home Builder Design Awards", which adds to his already impressive collection, including The Daily Telegraph's "Best Timber Frame House". His Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating is the highest achievable in the UK. Peter Huf puts his success down to intelligent architecture which captures the imagination and considers the environment. Many have asked how such a house can exist, a house that is highly energy efficient and yet warm in winter and cool in summer. Peter's answer to this paradox is as absorbing as his work, showing what can only be described as love for his work and an attention to detail. "

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