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Lets share our lifestyle...Are we really moving towads sustainable lifestyle

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Know your water footprint

Started by Mayank Mishra. Last reply by Supriya Singh Oct 31, 2010. 1 Reply

Green Roofing

Started by Nadine Bouler. Last reply by Mayank Mishra Jun 6, 2009. 11 Replies

My Ecological footprint

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Comment by desvy farahdila on February 13, 2010 at 5:42pm
Sustainable living is fundamentally the application of sustainability to lifestyle choice and decisions. Sustainability itself is expressed as meeting present ecological, societal, and economical needs without compromising these factors for future generations.Sustainable design and sustainable development are critical factors to sustainable living. Sustainable design encompasses the development of appropriate technology, which is a staple of sustainable living practices. Sustainable development in turn is the use these technologies in infrastructure. Sustainable architecture and agriculture are the most common examples of this practice. Astaga.com lifestyle on yhe net
Comment by aRchnA Nagarajan on August 19, 2009 at 12:17pm
i would love to know if there are any presentations or any architect coming up in bangalore and is there going to be any meet??i am doing my architecture 4th yr nw.

Architect
Comment by Vishal Charles on May 19, 2009 at 8:24am
I just got back after attending a lecture/presentation by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill (of Masdar Headquarters fame). They talked about many of their projects including Masdar. I'll post in detail here later this week. It's getting late and I'm hungry :)

Architect
Comment by Vishal Charles on May 14, 2009 at 5:55pm
Habits die hard. I think the potential lies in commercial and retail development. We spend most of our time at work and are probably more open to dealing with something 'fancy'. In many cases the problem is not about being open to new ideas but about maintenance or concerns about maintenance. Toilets do require a lot a maintenance and it's not unheard of a cleaning crew throwing a bucket full of water down a waterless urinal. Fixtures that use less water and use of graywater for flushing will probably be the more popular strategies in the short term.
Comment by Nadine Bouler on May 14, 2009 at 5:20am
Did you see that Dwell this month had a list of toilet alternatives-- and then when i was reading up on hundertwasser i saw he said NO FLUSHING TOILETS way back in the 70s. Am i obsessed or is it a --uh-- pun not intended-- movement we're watching.

Architect
Comment by Mayank Mishra on May 3, 2009 at 12:29am
i am working in a firm that handles Green projects...presently i'm looking after a project in water scarce area...with 10,000 IT workstation it has huge requirement of water...after harvesting each drop of water in 10 acres of land we end up to 6% of total required white water(being a green project while BAU would end up at 2% )...after two stages of recyling we have enough of black water to irrigate about 30,000 sq.m of land & run water cooled chillers...but the sad part of the whole story is that we are left with ample of black water in monsoon-winters not usable for any purpose but to throw away...our society has developed such a complex situations in todays world that we end up wasting valuable resources ...
Comment by Nadine Bouler on May 2, 2009 at 10:07pm
We may have to turn to incinerator toilets eventually-- they run about $2,000 USD--have you used them? In the meantime, I'm definitely on the reduce and reuse bandwagon. I recently read in the New York Times that pasta can cook in half the water most people use in their pot-- so you can use half the water and half the energy to get it to a boil.

Architect
Comment by Vishal Charles on May 2, 2009 at 10:00pm
I did sustainability analysis for a project in Bermuda. It's an island nation and traditionally the only source of drinking water is rain. It makes you realize how much availability or lack of a resource shape your culture and habits. I was talking to a building manager there and found out that they use sea water for flushing toilets. I suggested that same approach to an engineer here in the US and got the 'are you crazy' look. And he was right- our existing sewage treatment plants probably cannot handle sea water. But I still see a lot of potential with this approach in coastal cities.
Comment by Nadine Bouler on May 2, 2009 at 9:12pm
I totally agree with you and wrote an entry on my blog about that very issue: http://boulerdesigngroup.blogspot.com/2009/04/feeling-bit-flush.html

Architect
Comment by Mayank Mishra on May 2, 2009 at 8:08pm
WATER ... it is one of the most undervalued resource on EARTH today.... today we dont have pay for it...(as compared to other resources)...but when it is gone...we cannot pay to get it....Lets start using the 3R startergy as Reduce..Reuse...Recharge....
 
 
 

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