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How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

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Cities are Built of Steel and Cement. How Can We Make These More Sustainable?

July 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Build more with less

Everybody knows that we use raw materials inefficiently but there are great knowledge gaps in what to do about it. The authors of Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air want to fix this by looking in detail at the production of materials to figure out the most effective way to reduce their environmental impact.[read more]

The Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater

July 28, 2015 by Kay hebbourn
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It's free! Use it!

As well as helping to keep our gardens green, the water that falls from the skies can help us to run our homes. A rising number of people across the UK are installing rainwater harvesting systems in their properties to harness the potential of this natural resource.[read more]

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

A quiet moment in Wuxi, China

It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform. High performance buildings (and their cousins: net zero, or near-net zero buildings) are a boost to health and productivity. Here's how to begin.[read more]

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Why Cities Need Youth Innovation for a Low Carbon Future

July 24, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Young winners, designers of a walking app

More than ever, we need young people involved in creating sustainable cities. This can be achieved by establishing and strengthening networks that provide opportunities for young aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved and learn from like-minded groups of individuals on a global scale.[read more]

How to Choose the Right Plants and Take Care of A Green Roof

July 24, 2015 by Glenn Meyers
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It's a roof. Take care of it.

The results of a five year study by the Chicago Botanic Garden list nine plants rated "excellent" and 67 rated "good" for use in a green roof environment. Meanwhile, Sasha Aguilera, Design Consultant for Xeroflor Canada, an industry leader in pre-vegetated roofing, has put together some suggestions for green roof maintenance and design.[read more]

Revealed: the Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building Certification in 2015 [infographic]

...outside the USA.

There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. Here are the top 10 countries outside the USA.[read more]

The Greenest Supermarket Needs More Than Efficiency

July 23, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Infographic inside!

What is the most sustainable supermarket that we can imagine, knowing that sustainability has to be thought of as more than just a technological fix to a wasteful lifestyle?[read more]

'One Planet' Home Wins Planning Battle

July 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The 'hobbit house' can live!

A zero energy roundhouse, built by a young family, has been saved from demolition following an appeal to the local planning authority. Their campaign to save their house touched the hearts of thousands, who wrote in support, but this wasn't what saved the home.[read more]

Post-Earthquakes, How Walking and Placemaking in Kathmandu is Changing

July 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Not exactly wheelchair friendly.

Insights into the walkability in Kathmandu, Nepal and the emergence of a new importance of public space since the earthquakes hit Nepal earlier this year. A report by Walk21 Vienna Ambassador Kristie Daniel.[read more]

Another Affordable Zero Carbon House. When Will Mainstream Builders Get It?

July 20, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Whhy aren't all new homes like this?

A zero carbon house has been completed in Wales that cost $93 per square foot (£1000/m2), which is within government guidelines for the cost of social housing, and took just 16 weeks to construct. It's the second such example in Wales, yet the Government has just scrapped plans for all homes to be zero energy by 2016 on grounds of affordability.[read more]

Three Office Buildings Using Passive Heating and Cooling Design

July 17, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cool it like this

Passive heating and cooling refers to techniques to manage the internal temperature and air quality of a building without using power. Here are three examples of new buildings where such techniques have been employed.[read more]