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Sustainable Design in Japan

The massive Green Wall on top of the “Tokyu Plaza” project forms a magnificent frame to the roof-top plaza area which creates much needed urban space in Tokyo’s dense Ginza Area.

Japanese Architects Nikken Sekkei have successfully combined the aesthetic value of green walls to create an air freshened respite and a place to recharge, before returning the surrounding shopping frenzied environments.

Nikken Sekkei have an impressive portfolio of projects which demonstrate their sustainability expertise.  Their recent Singapore mixed use project achieved the 2018 ‘Best Building’ in the World Architecture Festival late last year, judged by the AGDF’s Mark Thomson.  A visit to their website is well worthwhile.

Good News for Offshore Wind Farms

The prospect of Offshore Wind Farms in the U.S. is gaining momentum, which is great news in the push for renewable energy. A recent  offshore wind lease auction brought in a staggering $405.1 million, shattering the previous $42.5 million record.

This represents a huge leap in interest (both literal & financial) in offshore wind farming. Recent technological advancement in ocean wind turbines is said to have figured into the climbing bids for the acreage off the Massachusetts coast. The new lessees have a year to submit a site assessment plan and then four years to submit a development plan for approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management before the 33-year lease will begin.

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Refer A Friend – 50% off Membership

Got any sustainably minded friends or colleagues?

We’re currently offering 50% off your next membership renewal for recommending a new member to join!

If you refer a new member, just shoot us their name and contact details, and when they join you will receive 50% off your next renewal!


Sustainable hemp used to build zero carbon house

Hemp is used as a sustainable building material in a new house located in rural Cambridgeshire, UK. The agricultural shed is transformed into a ground breaking zero carbon house with pre-fabricated sustainable hemp-based construction.

Flat House is a series of linked spaces that transition from a large open single glazed hot house to a double height living space and two stories of sleeping accommodation. UK based Practice Architecture worked closely with engineers and material specialists to design and develop the building using prefabricated panels infilled with hemp grown on 20 acres of the farm.  The elements were raised into place in just two days.

The new building was built within permitted development and takes the footprint of an existing barn.  It sits within the original steel frame and consists of prefabricated timber-framed cassettes erected into thick, highly insulating walls that also hold the building up.

Although the house is built of organic and relatively light materials, it has some of the sense of mass and substance found in old masonry construction.  The house, which is quite small, is given generosity by both a high living area and a big glazed conservatory that occupies the full height of the old shed.  The exterior is covered in corrugated panels, which look like the cement cladding typical of farm sheds, but is made of fibers from the outer coating of hemp stalks combined with resin taken from agricultural waste.

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2018’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo

The AGDF was proud to attend this year’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo, held in Brisbane on the 9th & 10th of November.

We were thrilled by the event’s  ‘electric’ atmosphere, and the industry-encompassing spread of products & presentations. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was ‘positively charged’ with passionate EV owners, enthusiasts, investors, professionals, and public servants.

Puns aside; there were a few standout presenters & products that we feel are worth giving a shout out here; including Tritium, Fast Cities Australia, and SEA Electric. Strangely Tesla was not in attendance – at least not via a sponsorship or presentation on the Friday.

The event was both exciting & inspiring, and we can’t wait for the next.

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