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Explore Your Neighbourhood During a Jane's Walk

April 24, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Inspired by walking activist Jane Jacobs

The first weekend in May is Jane's Walk weekend! Read this Walking Story by Jane's Walk Vienna organizer Andreas Lindinger about the ideas behind the global Jane's Walk movement and what motivates him to run the show in Vienna.[read more]

Helping Civic Leaders to Make Buildings More Efficient

How ICLEI stakeholders evaluate policy options

Participants in a workshop at the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul Korea learnt how the Building Efficiency Accelerator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative uses a variety of methods—including interactive workshops—to help city leaders learn about potential policy options and think realistically about implementation.[read more]

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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

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7 Opportunities for Green Buildings in China, According to Developers

April 23, 2015 by CC Huang

Green Building Potential in China

China’s low-carbon future may very well depend on green buildings. With nearly two billion square meters of new floor space added in the country each year, China’s building sector offers tremendous opportunities for the country to move toward a cleaner economy.[read more]

Cities and Technology: Imagining the Way Things Could Be

April 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Technology Creating the Future

The common thread for me between architecture, real estate development, and technology is that in all of these cases it is about imagining the way things could be in the future and then creating it. It’s about change. It’s about growth. It’s about creation. I consider myself a builder in practically every sense.[read more]

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Urban Walkability and Innovation

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level.[read more]

Mexico City's New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

April 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Air Travel Infrastructure

 

Mexico City's new airport will be one of the world’s largest airports at 470,000 square meters. This building will be the “world’s most sustainable airport” which uses less material and energy than a cluster of buildings, due to its compact single terminal.[read more]

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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

April 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Nice building – but how does it perform?

A new report finds that many European countries still lack a definition of near zero energy buildings, and are not doing nearly enough to save their residents money and reduce carbon emissions. Where definitions exist, they are not very comparable between nations. But where definitions are legislated for, the market is driving improvements.[read more]

Introducing Canada's First Shipping Container Housing Project

April 21, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Shipping Container Housing

Shipping containers were once primarily considered large metal boxes to be transported on ships containing the consumer goods we buy from China. In today’s inflated real estate market, this is no longer the case. Last year, they became a home - the first of its kind in Canada.[read more]

Tell Us Your Walking Stories – for a Healthier and Sustainable Future Urban Environment

April 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Urban Walkability

In October 2015 the city of Vienna will host the Walk21 conference with the motto "stepping ahead“. The "Walking Stories" by the Walk21 Network touch upon current issues in the field of active transport, urban quality and sustainable urbanism.[read more]

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]