Monday, September 26, 2011

The Greening of Skolkovo

Under a new deal signed last week, the Skolkovo innovation hub may pave the way for sustainable construction in Russia. The agreement between government agencies and green building trade groups provides that new construction at Skolkovo will conform to international green-construction standards, which encompass both energy-efficient building designs and green waste-processing programs. The construction agreement comes on the heels of another deal between the center and the Ministry of Regional Development to open a new urban planning school that will teach green planning techniques including rainwater management, managing transport systems without fossil-fueled vehicles, and using geothermal sources and biogas from waste processing to heat buildings.

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