Qatar to create 16 sustainable floating hotels for World Cup

June 1, 2020 by  
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As construction of the Lusail International Stadium continues, Qatar, the country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is also beginning to address the impending question of crowd accommodation. The massive number of fans traveling to the Middle East to enjoy the soccer competition will need a place to stay. With the growing issue of climate change and the environmental toll of tourism in mind,  sustainability  is paramount. Finnish company Admares has designed a series of “floating” hotels that will sit on the surface of the water just 15 minutes from the new stadium. While the 16 structures will be designed to float off the coast of Qetaifan Island North in the Persian Gulf, the buildings will have the capacity to be reused and moved to another coastal location for further events. The island located off Lusail City spans over 4.5 million square feet and will serve as the main activities and tourism hub for the 2022 World Cup . Related: Construction to Begin on Zaha Hadid’s 2022 World Cup Stadium in Qatar Each  building  will be four stories high and measure 236 feet by 52 feet. The structures will each contain 101 guest rooms, a restaurant and a lounge bar. Unlike other buoyant accommodations, the floating hotels will require significantly lower water depth to operate and no major ports, since the draft is much smaller than a cruise ship. Once the Word Cup has ended and the fans have gone home, the buildings can be  reused  at any coastal location with at least 13 feet of water. The modular hotels are certainly on par with the overall architectural theme of the 2022 World Cup. The Qatar stadium will feature an efficient energy-saving  system with solar canopies built to control the temperature and produce energy for the stadium and surrounding buildings. Like the hotels, the stadium is anticipated to be reused as well. The seats are to be removed, and the space will be utilized as a community center complete with shopping and dining, as well as athletic, education, and health facilities. + Admares Images via ADMARES

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Climate, COVID-19 and the economics of decarbonizing buildings

April 9, 2020 by  
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Facilities managers and staff are scrambling to adjust buildings for vacancy indefinitely. As we look toward recovery, there will be wide-ranging impacts on the fundamental systems that enable learning, work and commerce.

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Utilities are the new cool

April 9, 2020 by  
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Thriving in the age of climate change pivots around electricity, and that means electric utilities are at the center.

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Orchestrating the energy transition: Tuning into buildings

April 2, 2020 by  
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For the sector to play its part means adopting aggressive energy efficiency, zero-carbon and grid-interactive strategies, especially for existing structures.

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Trend: Commercial buildings go all-electric

March 2, 2020 by  
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All signs point to the next generation of commercial buildings becoming all-electric.

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Could Dubai’s $350 million sustainable supercity work in New York?

February 25, 2020 by  
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Dreaming of what’s possible in the Big Apple.

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Investment analysts conclude that greener businesses rule

February 25, 2020 by  
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Investment returns on firms driving the transition to a green economy are easily outstripping those of their fossil fuel competitors, new analysis suggests.

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Los Angeles city-owned buildings to go 100% carbon free

February 18, 2020 by  
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It’s also the first California city to demand lower carbon in construction materials.

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Going green just got easier for Class B/C commercial buildings

February 6, 2020 by  
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They can achieve 6 percent higher net operating incomes and $11 per square foot higher property values by investing in efficiency.

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The innovative design of one of the world’s largest net-zero buildings

January 9, 2020 by  
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A peek inside the ‘Unisphere.’

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