All posts tagged architectural design

I’m in the June/July/August issue of Backbone Magazine talking about cleantech in Canada

Backbone Magazine has just published a great overview of the cleantech sector in Canada that contains quotes from a number of notable people in the space including Kirk Washington (Yaletown Venture Partners), Victoria Smith (BC Hydro), Rick Whittaker (Sustainable Development Technology Canada), Raul Pacheco-Vega (UBC), Helen Goodland (Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre) and me. Thanks to […] Read More⇒

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 – Day 2 / “It’s all about the infrastructure” by Debra Chrapaty, Corporate Vice President of Windows Live Operations Group

Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.] “It’s all about the infrastructure” by Debra Chrapaty, Corporate Vice President of Windows Live Operations The cloud sounds romantic but it’s 1.5 million pounds of batteries, 1 million pounds of steel, 300 miles of cable. […] Read More⇒

Border wars: Plumbers union fights green building because the waterless no-flush urinals will “spread disease”. Um, don’t you mean they will spread “less work for plumbers?”

I’m intrigued by stories such as this one in the ABC News about the plumbers union in Philadelphia who claim that no-flush green urinals are a health threat. I wonder if the union sees them more as a health threat to the UNION DUES than to the USERS. Does anybody have any information on negative […] Read More⇒

30 Days of Sustainability: Sustainable Homes

Here are the details on one of the first Sustainability Cafés: When: Monday, March 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Where: BCIT Campus (CHBA BC, Building NW5), 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC SUSTAINABLE HOMES Description: What do you consider a “sustainable” home? What do you need to get there? Where is “there”? An innovative dialogue hosted […] Read More⇒

Build your building like a termite mound for lower capital cost, lower running costs and therefore lower rents

Andrew Zolli (again) points out a fantastic project known as the Eastgate building in Harare, Zimbabwe that was modelled on the termite mound (see biomimicry) and that resulted in 10% lower up front capital costs, lower ongoing running costs, and 20% lower rents for its inhabitants compared with the building next door built with a […] Read More⇒