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August 2015 News Roundup

Developments in Green building initiatives in cities

India: Solar energy for high-rises to be made mandatory soon

The city planners in Chennai are contemplating the idea of making it mandatory for all multi-storied buildings to install rooftop solar panels to generate Green energy.

Faced with the fast-paced growth that has made it difficult for basic infrastructure to catch up, this proposal would help ensure that the potential renewable sources were fully tapped before turning to conventional energy.

According to official sources, the measure is expected to reduce energy usage from the grid at a time when the per capita consumption of power in the state is growing because of rapid urbanisation. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed to scale up grid-connected solar power targets from 20,000 MW to 100,000 MW by 2022. i

Malaysia: More buildings adopt Green Building Index

More buildings developers and owners are adopting the 'go Green' practice to qualify for Green-rated buildings in Malaysia.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said there are positive signs for Green building initiatives with the Malaysian construction and building industry embracing Green building practices where both energy consumed and waste produced are reduced without irreversible impact on the ecosystem.

"As of 15 July, a total of 636 buildings have registered with and will be certified by Green Building Index Malaysia. This is an increase of 14 percent over the same period last year. So far this year, 45 buildings have already been fully certified and the rest are still under provisional certification stage," said Fadillah, after officiating the Green Buildings and Parks World 2015 at Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on 4 August, 2015. ii

The Philippines: Best housing design eyes slum-free Clark Green City

The best housing design from the final five entries of the Building Accessible and Liveable Ecologies (BALE) global competition is geared towards making the Clark Green City (CGC) a slum-free community where everyone can afford decent and quality housing, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said.

The grand winner of the international housing design competition was awarded on 20 August at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City.

The BCDA in early May of this year started the said competition as a prelude to developing the residential complex of mixed-income and affordable housing units inside the CGC, a 9,450-hectare lot within the Clark Special Economic Zone in the province of Tarlac, envisioned as the country’s first smart, Green and disaster-resilient metropolis. CGC is expected to be launched in 2016. iii

India: A spiralling tower made of stacked shipping containers may solve Mumbai's housing crisis?

Containscrapers, Mumbai, India (Image courtesy of Inhabitat)

CRG Architects have made a proposal, which could be the beginning of a solution to Mumbai's chronic housing shortage, with two slightly twisting cylinder-shaped towers made of stacked shipping containers.

Both structures, called Containscrapers, would respond to specific site topologies and provide more façade surface to all living units by rotating the position of the containers by 90 degrees.

Vertical gardens would be distributed along the height of the building. These green patches separate individual units and help dissipate heat produced by high temperatures experienced during hot summers in Mumbai. The façade is coloured to represent heating rates for each side of the tower, depending on their orientation.

While visually stunning, it remains to be seen if two twisting towers will be able to solve the city’s housing shortage. iv

Vietnam: Da Lat City takes action on Green Growth

On 31 July, 2015, senior officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam (MPI) came together with local city planners in Da Lat to review the latest draft of a groundbreaking Green Growth Action Plan for the city.

Da Lat City is one of three cities leading the way in implementing the national Green Growth Strategy. The action plan sets out a long-term vision for the city towards a Green development pathway and increases resilience to the impact of climate change.

The project will support capacity building and policy development for the effective implementation of Vietnam’s national Green Growth Strategy and achievement of sustainable development goals. Assistance will be provided at national and provincial levels to integrate Green growth and low-carbon development into sectoral and provincial Green growth action plans. v

Australia: Sydney Opera House awarded for sustainability leadership

On 25 August, 2015, the Sydney Opera House was awarded a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), putting the national icon among a select few World Heritage buildings that have achieved Green certification globally.

The 4 Star Green Star rating, awarded for ‘best practice’ in the industry, is an extraordinary achievement for a heritage building.

From the installation of new energy-efficient technologies in key performance venues to the use of eco-friendly cleaning products and a robust Reconciliation Action Plan, a wide range of both environmental and social sustainability initiatives across the three core areas of building management, environmental management and social sustainability have contributed to the Opera House’s 4 Star rating. vi

Saudi Arabia: Forum discusses future of Saudi architecture

The Saudi Green Buildings Forum (SGBF) recently held a series of workshops on the principles, strategies and applications of Green buildings in the Council of Saudi Chambers.

Saudi Green Buildings Forum General Secretary Faisal Al-Fadhl said the forum hosted several businessmen, architects, experts and enthusiasts. He added that the forum was an opportunity to ‘domesticate’ the theory of Green buildings, as it is the future of architecture. vii


Text by Clara Chiang



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