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 +'''Royce Millar''', July 26, 2007 [http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/call-for-greener-buildings/2007/07/25/1185339084523.html The Age]
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 +The leader of Victoria's architects has called for an end to high-rise housing and offices that do not meet strict world's best green standards.
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 +Royal Australian Institute of Architects president Philip Goad said yesterday it was time high-rise buildings were subject to a tougher environmental code. Green Star ratings for commercial buildings are voluntary. Apartment buildings, but not single apartments, must meet Victoria's five-star rating.
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 +"But I don't believe we yet have had a truly green high-rise proposition. We're still waiting for a green high-rise residential tower, one that sets new standards," Mr Goad said.
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 +He said unless buildings were clearly sustainable they should not be
 +allowed.
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== Thousands at risk from halogen-light death traps == == Thousands at risk from halogen-light death traps ==
-'''Mark Russell''', July 22, 2007 [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/07/21/1184560109174.html?page=fullpage Article link]+'''Mark Russell''', July 22, 2007 [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/07/21/1184560109174.html?page=fullpage The Age]
Thousands of Victorian homes fitted with halogen downlights are potential death traps, with 57 house fires in Melbourne over the past 18 months directly caused by the fashionable lights igniting roofing insulation. Thousands of Victorian homes fitted with halogen downlights are potential death traps, with 57 house fires in Melbourne over the past 18 months directly caused by the fashionable lights igniting roofing insulation.

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Call for greener buildings

Royce Millar, July 26, 2007 The Age

The leader of Victoria's architects has called for an end to high-rise housing and offices that do not meet strict world's best green standards.

Royal Australian Institute of Architects president Philip Goad said yesterday it was time high-rise buildings were subject to a tougher environmental code. Green Star ratings for commercial buildings are voluntary. Apartment buildings, but not single apartments, must meet Victoria's five-star rating.

"But I don't believe we yet have had a truly green high-rise proposition. We're still waiting for a green high-rise residential tower, one that sets new standards," Mr Goad said.

He said unless buildings were clearly sustainable they should not be allowed.

Thousands at risk from halogen-light death traps

Mark Russell, July 22, 2007 The Age

Thousands of Victorian homes fitted with halogen downlights are potential death traps, with 57 house fires in Melbourne over the past 18 months directly caused by the fashionable lights igniting roofing insulation.

Sustainability Victoria's Roger Kluske said he was shocked by the number of house fires caused by halogen lights. "Halogens are a bloody nightmare and they're everywhere, in homes, office buildings, cafes … The easiest thing to do would be to ban them," he said.

45% Renewable Energy For Germany By 2030

Friday July 6, 2007 MetaEfficient

Germany plans to boost the percentage of electricity generated by renewable resources to 45 percent by 2030 in a bid to curb global warming, environment minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday. Gabriel told reporters that a progress report on a renewable energy law passed in 2000 showed that the country had already surpassed the quota of 12.5 percent set for 2010. He said Berlin was now setting a more ambitious target to produce at least 20 percent of electricity used in the country with renewable resources such as wind and solar power by 2020 and 45 percent by 2030.

Nuclear expansion is a pipe dream, says report

John Vidal, environment editor, Guardian Unlimited Environment
Wednesday July 4, 2007 Article link

  • Hope for new era of cheap, clean power is a 'myth'
  • Building more stations would increase terror risk
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