The World: Building

RECYCLED MATERIALS AS BUILDING BLOCKS
Researchers have been experimenting with recycled straw, paper and wood to create bricks and modular blocks. A 2,045 square foot office space in Essen Germany, is made of newspaper bales. A Spanish manufacturer is using paper to make bricks and A Canadian firm is using straw inside their walls. (EarthTechling 12/29/2012)

GREEN BUILDING TREND GROWING IN INDIA
The idea of building Green is catching on in India. 20% of all new construction is expected to be Green by 2030. (Economic Times 6/21/2012)

CHINESE NEW CONSTRUCTION TO BE 30% GREEN BY 2015
The Chinese Government intends for 30% of its new building projects to be in the Green sector by 2015. This could potentially counteract the C02 emissions of 45 million tons of standard coal, China’s principal source of energy.(ecourbanliving  5/9/2012)

Image Credit: A straw bale house – philipp, courtesy Wikipedia Commons

THE WORLD IS GETTING GREENER

Among the green innovations that we can expect to see: an increased usage if grey water, though “Instead of toilet to tap, we’re going toilet to toilet.”; solar showers; public disclosure of emissions from large buildings (inman news 1/24/2012)

THE 2,000 WATT CHALLENGE

In 1998, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology challenged the developed world to cut energy use to 2,000 watts (or 17,520 kilowatt-hours per year) by the year 2050, the current world average. Western Europe currently uses about 6,000 watts per capita, and the United States uses about 10,000 to 12,000 watts. Chinese energy use would also have to fall by one third, whereas that of Bangladesh could climb 300 percent There’s one other kicker to this concept. Within 50 to 100 years, 1,500 of the 2,000 watts would have to come from carbon-free sources such as solar, wind, biomass, hydro, and even nuclear (Green Building Trends: Europe, p 120)

Image Credit: A straw bale house – phillipp, Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

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