Renewable energy wouldn't just be an afterthought on your home.
The concept of a skyscraper containing a rainforest sounds almost too absurd to entertain, even for Dubai. It's no longer a concept, though, with work on the Rosemont Hotel and Residences having now started. And the development is even more dripping with flamboyance than first reported last year.
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According to the At a Glance Investment Market in Poland Q2 2016 report, prepared by the experts from BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland, the second quarter was highlighted with the largest share transaction ever recorded in the CEE, namely the acquisition of 75% of the shares of Echo Prime Properties owned by Griffin Real Estate. The portfolio of retail and office space was acquired by South African Redefine property fund for approx. €891 million. The deal accounted for nearly 60% of the overall volume last quarter and made investment volume grew over four times when compared with the corresponding period last year and three times versus the last quarter, with over €1.5 billion transacted in Q2 2016.
Love them or loathe them, wooden skyscrapers are on the rise, especially in Europe and North America. This latest example is designed by Team V Architectuur and will rise to 21 floors in Amsterdam. Dubbed Haut, the project is due to begin construction in late 2017.
After three years of construction work, Siemens has moved into its new headquarters in Munich, Germany. It has apparently cut its annual CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 5.6 million km (3.5 million mi) of air travel, consumes 90 percent less electricity than Siemen's previous HQ and uses 75 percent less water.
Despite the death of its founder, Zaha Hadid Architects is set to stay in business for a while longer yet – as confirmed by the announcement of a new skyscraper for Qatar's first sustainable city, Lusail. The as-yet unnamed tower is due for completion in 2020.
The market for energy efficiency may have slowed a bit in the industrial sector but in the transport and building sectors, it is all set to grow sharply. With building energy consumption accounting to approximately 40 percent of the total energy consumed in both Europe and North America, the building sector is garnering significant attention from policy makers and technology developers. Similarly, the intensifying demand for fuel efficiency and better road, air and seaway connectivity has necessitated superior machine handling and operation, driving the adoption of energy-efficient engines and vehicles.