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Prince’s Foundation to build world-class residential development in Adelaide South Australia

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The Prince of Wales turned the first sod on Australia’s most sustainable housing development in Adelaide today, during the final leg of his whirlwind tour of South Australia.

Known as The Princes Terraces, the world-class development is the result of joint collaboration between the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (PFBC), the South Australian Government and Defence Housing Australia (DHA).

Located in Bowden, in the inner west of Adelaide, the townhouses are the first residential development in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Green Building Australia executive director Romilly Madew said “the impact of this development on the building industry could not be understated.”

“The market drivers between the office market and residential sector are different – home buyers are still coming to grips with the value of sustainability.

“This project helps to educate people about the benefits of green homes – which will ultimately increase the demand,” said Madew.

The townhouses will feature a number of locally sourced, low-carbon materials, including local concrete made with fly ash, local granite and recycled bricks sourced from Bowden’s old industrial buildings.

The orientation of the development will work to minimise summer solar gain and maximise natural cross ventilation, while the terrace façades have been designed to maximise natural daylight and manage glare.

Other features include photovoltaic solar panels to generate renewable energy and reduce the building’s peak power demand, low energy LED lighting, ceiling fans and high efficiency water fittings.

The toilets and laundry fittings will all be supplied with 100 per cent recycled water.

The combined design and fixtures are expected to reduce water and energy use by more than 50 per cent and cut tenants carbon emissions by more than 40 per cent, compared to a typical house.

The Foundation is one of the Prince’s charities, set up to address the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change, through sustainable building practices and architectural design befitting local climates.

PFBC executive director Victoria Chester said the project “brought alive” many of the Foundation’s key principles.

“Being the very first development in Australia to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star rating is a wonderful recognition of both our and Defense Housing Australia’s focus on meeting the urgent challenges of urbanisation and climate change.”

Defence Housing Australia development manager Shaun Barber said the partnership with the Prince’s Foundation had brought a fresh set of ideas to the project.

“Over the years, when we’ve talked about sustainability we’ve been very focused on energy and water.

“This broadening of ideas to include materials which are local and low embedded energy is really akin to what the Foundation is trying to achieve,” he said.

As part of the development agreement, six of the 12 homes will be used by Australian defence personnel and their families.

Barber said DHA are working with the Foundation to have the homes on display for a short period to show consumers the sorts of things they might consider in designing a sustainable home.

“We’re confident the Prince’s Terraces will set a new benchmark for residential development, and will show Australians that green features make for a smart investment,” said Madew.

South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning John Rau said “the Prince’s Foundation has projects all over the world including in the UK, China and the Galapagos Islands but this will be its first project in this part of the world.”

“It is a real coup for South Australia that The Prince’s Foundation has chosen to undertake its first Australian terrace development in Adelaide,” he said.

Construction is expected to start at the end of the year.

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Consumers Investing in Eco-Friendly Cars with the UK Green Revolution

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The UK public appears to be embracing the electric car UK Green Revolution, as recent statistics reveal that more and more consumers are making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric or alternatively fuelled vehicles. The demand for diesel fell by almost a third in October compared to last year, whilst hybrid and electric cars rose by a staggering 36.9%.

Time for UK Green Revolution Change

So, what is the reason for this sudden change? This comes down to the current situation in the UK, which has led to people embracing eco-friendly technologies and automobiles. One of the main reasons is the Government’s clean air plans, which includes the impending 2040 ban on petrol and diesel automobiles. There is then the rollout of the T-Charge in London, the city of Oxford announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel from the city centre by 2020 and various other big announcements which take up a lot of space and time in the UK press.

h2>Diesel’s Reputation

In addition to this, the negative publicity against diesel has had a huge impact on the UK public. This has led to a lot of confusion over emissions, but actually, the newest low emission diesel automobiles will not face restrictions and are not as bad to drive as many believe. Most notably, German brand Volkswagen has been affected due to the emissions scandal in recent times. It was discovered that some emissions controls for VW’s turbocharged direct injection diesel engines were only activated during laboratory testing, so these automobiles were emitting 40 times more NO in real-world driving. As a result of this and all the negative publicity, the manufacturer has made adaptations and amended their vehicles in Europe. Additionally, they have made movements to improve the emissions from their cars, meaning that they are now one of the cleaner manufacturers. Their impressive range includes the Polo, Golf and Up, all of which can be found for affordable prices from places like Unbeatable Car.

The Current Market

The confusion over the Government’s current stance on diesel has clearly had a huge impact on the public. So much so that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the Government to use the Autumn Budget to restore stability in the market and encourage the public to invest in the latest low emission automobiles. SMMT believes that this is the fastest and most effective way to address the serious air quality concerns in this country.

Incentives

One way that the Government has encouraged the public to make the switch is by making incentives. Motorists can benefit from a grant when they purchase a new plug-in vehicle, plus there are benefits like no road tax for electric vehicles and no congestion charge. When these are combined with the low running costs, it makes owning an electric automobile an appealing prospect and especially because there are so many great models available and a type to suit every motorist. One of the main reasons holding motorists back is the perceived lack of charging points. However, there are currently over 13,000 up and down the country with this number rapidly increasing each month. It is thought that the amount of charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020, so it is easy to see more and more motorists start to invest in electric cars way ahead of the 2040 ban.

It is an interesting time in the UK as people are now embracing the electric car revolution. The Government’s clean air plans seem to have accelerated this revolution, plus the poor publicity that diesel has received has only strengthened the case for making the switch sooner rather than later.

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How To Make The Shipping Industry Greener

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Each and every year more damage is done to our planet. When businesses are arranging pallet delivery or any other kind of shipping, the environment usually isn’t their number one concern. However, there’s an increasing pressure for the shipping industry to go greener, particularly as our oceans are filling with plastic and climate change is occurring. Fortunately, there’s plenty of technology out there to help with this. Here’s how the freight industry is going greener.

Make Ship Scrapping Cleaner

There are approximately 51,400 merchant ships trading around the world at the moment. Although the act of transporting tonnes of cargo across the ocean every year is very damaging to the environment, the scrapping of container ships is also very harmful. Large container ships contain asbestos, heavy metals and oils which are toxic to both people and the environment during demolition. The EU has regulations in place which ensure that all European ships are disposed of in an appropriate manner at licenced yards and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) introduced guidelines to make recycling of ships safe and environmentally friendly back in 2009, but since then only Norway, Congo and France have agreed to the policy. The IMO needs to ensure that more countries are on board with the scheme, especially India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which are some of the worst culprits for scrapping, which may mean enforcing the regulations in the near future.

Reduce Emissions

A single large container ship can produce the same amount of emissions as 50 million cars, making international shipping one of the major contributors towards global warming. Stricter emissions regulations are needed to reduce the amount of emissions entering our atmosphere. The sulphur content within ship fuel is largely responsible for the amount of emissions being produced; studies have shown that a reduction in the sulphur content in fuel oil from 35,000 p.p.m to 1,000 p.p.m could reduce the SOx emissions by as much as 97%! The IMO has already begun to ensure that ships with the Emission Control Areas of the globe, such as the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel, are using this lower sulphur content fuel, but it needs to be enforced around the world to make a significant difference.

As it’s not currently practical or possible to completely phase-out heavy, conventional fuels around the world, a sulphur scrubber system can be added to the exhaust system of ships to help reduce the amount of sulphur being emitted.

Better Port Management

As more and more ships are travelling around the world, congestion and large volumes of cargo can leave ports in developing countries overwhelmed. Rapidly expanding ports can be very damaging to the surrounding environment, take Shenzhen for example, it’s a collection of some of the busiest ports in China and there has been a 75% reduction in the number of mangroves along the coastline. Destroying valuable ecosystems has a knock-on effect on the rest of the country’s wildlife. Port authorities need to take responsibility for the environmental impact of construction and ensure that further expansion is carried out sustainably.

Some have suggested that instead of expansion, improved port management is needed. If port authorities can work with transport-planning bureaus, they will be able to establish more efficient ways of unloading cargo to reduce the impact on the environment caused by shipping congestion.

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