Historic Zhuhai sugar factory to be reborn as a low-carbon cultural hub

June 4, 2018 by  
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A new adaptive reuse project is looking to save a sweet piece of history in China. International design firm Woods Bagot  unveiled plans to revitalize the disused Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District, turning it into a spectacular new cultural park. Designed to include a sugar industry museum and a chocolate factory (among other facilities), the mixed-use development will aim to offset its carbon footprint with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. Located in the Pearl River Delta in south China’s Guangdong province, Zhuhai is one of China’s premier tourist destinations and has even been nicknamed the Chinese Riviera. The revitalization project will tap into the existing tourist infrastructure and offer a wide suite of attractions on a 78,877-square-meter plot. A large park will occupy the heart of the project and will be ringed by landscape features including a floral garden walk, a sculpture garden, a farming experience, and scenic waterscapes and wetlands transformed from former industrial waterbodies. The development is divided into different thematic zones that range from the bustling retail street to the tranquil wedding lake and wetland boardwalk. “It is a privilege to create a place where a whole community can capture and celebrate their proud industrial history,” said Charlie Chen, Studio Leader at Woods Bagot. “At the heart of our strategy is a desire to inspire and engage the diverse people that will enjoy the site – from locals and former factory workers to tourists, families and children alike. The result will be a showcase of old and new, and provide Zhuhai with a rich cultural landmark for generations to come.” In addition to diverse retail and restaurant offerings, the firm plans to add a boutique hotel , wedding venue, and start-up offices. Related: MVRDV will transform the Tirana Pyramid, a former communist monument, into an education center One of the firm’s major design goals is to repurpose as many of the existing sugar factory buildings as possible. New buildings will be designed to match the industrial aesthetic and will only rise two to three stories in height in order to differentiate themselves from taller historic architecture. Murals and other artistic installations will commemorate the site’s history. + Woods Bagot Images via Woods Bagot

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Six factories will supply the UK with 25,000 prefab houses every year

December 28, 2016 by  
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Population growth and a housing undersupply have created a housing crisis in the United Kingdom , but a new joint venture will provide desperately needed homes. China National Building Material Company (CNBM) agreed to a $3.36 billion deal with UK-based Your Housing Group (YHG) and renewable energy company WElink Group to build six factories that will produce 25,000 prefabricated homes every single year. The new prefab homes will be built of modern composite materials and steel frames, according to WElink Group . These materials will allow for low-carbon construction and operation. Energy efficient design and solar panels will enable the houses to operate “at least 75 percent off-grid,” according to WElink Group chairman Ajmal Rahman. Construction company Barcelona Housing Systems will also provide environmentally friendly technology and panels for homes. Related: Ecocor starts production on groundbreaking new prefab passive homes YHG CEO Brian Cronin said in a statement, “This is an opportunity for YHG to get back to building more social and affordable homes across a wider geography of the UK; it also ensures new types of employment, new building skills, and the nurturing of additional apprenticeship opportunities are available, which can only be good news for local people and businesses where we develop our housing and supply chains.” The prefab home factories could provide employment for over one thousand people. Even before the factories are complete, the joint venture hopes to build 2,000 homes in 2017 as part of five pilot projects. The company is awaiting planning permission to build its first pilot project in Liverpool this January, and the factories could potentially produce 25,000 homes a year by 2022. Via World Architecture News Images via Your Housing Group and Your Housing Group Facebook

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Envisioning a clean energy future

March 4, 2016 by  
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Climate Group CEO Mark Kenber considers the future of global energy systems, how the Paris negotiations will affect the transition to a low carbon economy, and the massive economic and environmental opportunities in store for those who consider this future now, in Phoenix at GreenBiz 16.

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Stranded in Paris: Can COP pop the carbon bubble?

July 7, 2015 by  
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The hope is for COP21 to provide a better framework to transition to a low carbon economy. The reality remains to be seen.

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Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies

February 5, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , bath , carbon zero , eco design , eco home , eco house , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green home , green house , hewitt studios , limpley stoke , limpley stoke ecohouse , low carbon , low carbon home , net zero , strawbale house , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable house , UK , zero carbon home , Zero energy        

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Buy Furniture with a Future When You Shop Sustainably

October 9, 2013 by  
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Buying sustainably produced furniture doesn’t mean you have to live like a caveman. Stylish furniture with a low carbon footprint can be had at just about any price point.

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Enterprise accelerates low carbon fleets with EV-hybrid reviews

September 6, 2013 by  
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Enterprise teams up with the Energy Saving Trust to help businesses analyze whether they can switch to electric or hybrid alternatives.

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How data centers make high returns from low carbon

August 2, 2013 by  
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Vieste Energy and Environmental Systems Design want to create a portfolio of U.S. data centers that run entirely on renewable energy.

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Britain Will NOT Lead in CO2 Cuts, Vows UK Chancellor

October 3, 2011 by  
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Image credit: McKay Savage , used under Creative Commons license. Oh dear. Even as the promising signs of a clean energy revolution keep coming and as low carbon technologies provide a bright spot in a faltering economy , there are those who push for lower ambitions and a heavy dose of fossil fuels to magically get us out of our environmenta… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Transition Town Gets Huge Government Check: Conservatives Celebrate

December 23, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Transition Culture OK, my headline may be slightly misleading.

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