My interview article which appeared on the Week-End newspaper (29/11/2009) can also be viewed on l’Express Property blog below:
Reducing paper usage has been one of the most iconic and understandable of the green movement’s mandates. The intricacies of forest management have remained obscure to most of us, however, although forest management is the real key to preserving woodland habitats as well as our wood supply. Most consumers now recognize that it is an eco-friendly choice to look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label on wood products, to guarantee that they are sustainably produced … but what does this label mean, exactly, and is there more to the story of sustainable forestry?
Green building programs help reduce the carbon footprint of a building in a number of ways. And they’re becoming more common in the U.S. and around the world as people realize their long-term benefits outweigh initial up-front costs.
Added Cost of Building
Building green does cost a bit more.It costs about 3 percent to 4 percent more to build a green building than a less energy efficient one, but it will use considerably less carbon over its lifetime through reduced energy use.
A few tips to help you incorporate sustainable practices into your next project:
Sustainable construction brings together the principles of green building methods and eco-friendly values in a bid to lighten the environmental impact of residential and commercial structures. Continue reading
A multi purpose green building in France has scored a first – “Spring” in Nanterre is the first building to achieve an interim ‘Outstanding’ rating under BREEAM Europe Commercial 2009. The development by Bouygues Immobilier and Archon Group has achieved 90% – the highest ever score under BREEAM for a building at the design stage.
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We spend an average of 90% of our time in buildings – and the air quality inside an average building is two to five times worse than outside air!
Strata, the world’s first skyscraper with built-in wind turbines, opens in London!
Neigbourhood crime reduced by 18% due to “The Bridge” Homeless Center: The building targets a LEED Silver rating and includes a green-roofed dining room within an open courtyard, ample daylighting, which reduces energy consumption and enhance the connection to the outside world. The Pavilion reuses an existing warehouse and can accommodate 200 people. It contains ceiling fans and radiant heaters for temperature control. And finally, the greywater system is said to save more than 1.5 million gallons of potable water per year.