Category Archives: Planning

Shortlist for Severn estuary energy plans

Article A proposed shortlist of schemes to harness renewable energy from the tides of the Severn estuary has been announced by the UK Government. Five projects have been selected from 10 examined over the last six months. Among these is … Continue reading

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Eco-houses for Peterborough

A scheme to build almost 350 high quality environmentally friendly homes has been unveiled in Peterborough. Organisers said 35% of the houses will be affordable and there will also be open spaces and areas for retail and community use. The … Continue reading

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Update: Design for Manufacture – the £60,000 home.

In 2006 the UK government launched a competition for developers to come forward with a realistic plan to built cheap eco-homes. A percentage would have to be affordable to first time buyers and some would be available for social housing. … Continue reading

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New offshore wind farm puts UK into pole position.

image: North Hoyle wind farm off North Wales Article One of the largest offshore wind farms in the world has been approved to be built off the coast of north Wales. The 250 turbines of Gwynt y Môr offshore wind … Continue reading

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Fancy Dubai steeped in sewage

image: Dubai International City Hit with SEWAGE Floods Article Tourists who use Dubai’s beaches run the risk of contracting serious illnesses – including typhoid and hepatitis – as the Middle Eastern resort struggles to combat a tidal wave of illegally … Continue reading

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New Zealand: on the road to carbon neutrality

New Zealand has declared its aim to be carbon neutral in electrical energy by 2025, in stationary manufacturing energy in 2030 and in transport energy by 2040. The New Zealand government has a history of leadership in sustainable energy planning … Continue reading

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Thames Tideway tunnel … the super sewer for London.

Article London’s current sewer network, which was built by Joseph Bazalgette in the second half of the 19th century, was hailed as a major engineering achievement in its day and collects sewage and rainwater runoff together. Sewer network overload  Today, … Continue reading

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Indian farmers refuse to give Tata Motors land.

Since the dawn of industrialisation the trend has been for the city limits to expand almost relentlessly. Not only have new suburbs pushed outwards but also new industry, hungry for cheap land to house their factories. Tata Motors are no … Continue reading

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Latest roof garden terrace opens in New York

image: The Lowerre Family Terrace at Marymount Manhattan College The Lowerre Family Terrace, the Marymount Manhattan College’s new 5,000-square foot quad, offers a respite in a natural setting and features a water wall, heated trellis and garden areas. To quote … Continue reading

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Curitiba, a well designed ‘green’ city.

The city of Curitiba provides the world with a model in how to integrate sustainable transport considerations into business development, road infrastructure development, and local community development. With about 1.8 million residents, Curitiba occupies rolling terrain in the southern Brazilian … Continue reading

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