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Real Estate is the 2nd largest item on the expense sheet of most organisations, right after labor. Workplace designs are therefore being rethought, reconfigured, and rebuilt to greater advantage and profitability. Smart companies and corporate real estate decision makers who understand the implications for their portfolio, workforce, and bottom line are planning workspace needs tactically […]

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Observing the history of architecture closely, one realizes that Ancient Greek and Roman builders, Renaissance and Enlightenment architects, and architects of the Modern movement understood and practiced the usage of locally available materials, using natural light thereby making the building self sufficient, long before energy was an issue and long before anyone used the word […]

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One of the most obvious considerations would be landscaping a green development. However, as Anirban from iDream points out “a few considerations at the landscape design stage would make a project greener than the average green”. One should try to use native or adapted trees and plants on the roof. This type of greenery absorbs […]

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Unplug! Just keeping your cell phone, TV, and DVD players plugged in wastes 5 percent of all the energy you use each year. Replace those traditional incandescent bulbs if you haven’t already, or, consider LED lighting as well … an even greener lighting option. In terms of energy efficiency, microwaves are better than toaster ovens; […]

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Over time a certified Green Building can turn brown if it is not maintained properly. A green building is certified green as it incorporates several Green features. Such buildings usually ensure reduction in operating costs on energy and water, besides several intangible benefits such as extending the life span of natural resources, providing human comfort, […]

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Sustainable community issues include issues of health, education, welfare, economy, environment, transportation, public safety… in short, all the different parts that, together, make up a community. Together, with all our diverse needs and desires, we all make up communities. A sustainable community doesn’t mean utopia. It doesn’t mean that bad things never happen. There will […]

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  Sustainability is the most fashionable word today in corporate world, from car manufacturers to FMCG’s corporates are trying to include an element of sustainability in their products. Is this a new trend in marketing or corporates are really concerned about sustainability issues? Recently a prominent NY environmentalist Jay Westerveld coined a term “GreenWash,” which […]

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One can see the sudden emergence of a ‘green movement’ in the real estate industry in India. Several new real projects are being sold at a premium, because they are labeled green. So is this only a label that people are paying a premium for, or are they really doing something to save the planet? […]

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June 26, 2010 Green Architecture
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(Courtesy : Rebecca Gordon, scientificamerican.com) A Pacific Northwest organization has the defined an environmentally sound structure as one that generates its own energy, captures and treats all of its water, operates efficiently, and is aesthetically pleasing Pictured: the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, N.Y., which hopes to become a certified living building in […]

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June 1, 2010 Green Architecture
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(Courtesy : Architectural Evengelist) Introduction Energy efficiency is becoming a key factor. Of late, “Go Green” slogan has been organic part of the architecture industry. International outcry for a greener and safer earth, increasing environmental consciousness among people, greenhouse issues raised by the environmentalists across the globe are compelling the architecture firms, virtual building solutions […]

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June 1, 2010 Green Architecture
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