Get to GIGA Event on Saturday

For anyone looking to come down from 30,000 feet to get their hands dirty with Green Buildings, then I recommend checking out this Saturday's GIGA event (1:00 - 5:30pm). Full details are at their website (click here), but here is the basics: Schedule: 13:00 - 13:30: registration and networking 13:30 - 13:45: event introduction and welcome 13:45 - 14:20: case study: building positive impact 14:20…

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IFC Shanghai Built LEED

Was walking through Lujiazui this afternoon and notice this sign in front of Super Brand Mall.  Good to see that in an area that seems to see a new sete of cranes every week someone is advertising they are going LEED. Perhaps, they can catalyze a competition among developers?  Or perhaps the mayor will just follow the SF model and enforce LEED for all new buildings? One can only dream.....…

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Shanghai Agrees to Keep UBPA After Expo

Less than 6 months away, a lot of discussion surrounding the Shanghai EXPO's green content has been taking place as the pavilions are close to being finished, and a number of initiatives by the various pavilions have themselves looked to show their "green". ... and there is also the UNEP Expo Report, which spends 150 pages on the "sustainability" of EXPO Key concern #1 for almost everyone has be…

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JinJiang Express Inn: Few Examples from a Greener Hotel

Here are a few from the Chengdu Jinjiang Express hotel. At 120 RMB a night, the 12 sqm hotel room was literally was packing in as much efficiency as possible. Building materials aside (I thought it best not to rip open a wall), I give the hotel credit on a number of fronts. 1) Double Paned Windows 2) Water saving shower head 3) CFLs in every lamp and fixture (not a single halogen in the room) 4)…

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Rebuilding Green In Hong Kong

When researching sustainability in the building sector, one will come across a lot of new technologies for how buildings can be made better... meters, cement, solar panels, insulation, and so on. However, at the same time as we are celebrating these technologies and the architects who are able  to incorporate them into their buildings, it is equally important to recognize that in China's cities…

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First Hotel Designed as Carbon Neutral is … Designed

In another, don't pop the bubbly story, Patel Architecture Inc. announced that they have completed the design of a 5-Star China Hotel To Be Carbon-Neutral For those of you who are saying... Wait a minute, URBN hotel in Shanghai is the first carbon neutral hotel, you would be right... and wrong. Where this story really is interesting, is that per the announcement, it appears that this facility…

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US Grant to Boost Efficient Building in China

With so much of China's energy waste coming from its buildings (up to 70%), building, operating, and maintaining efficient buildings will need to become a greater focus within China's overall sustainability strategy. It is a topic that Edward Ziegler has studied and written some excellent articles on, and it is a the focus of a 518,000 grant from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Based…

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