PVC King wrote:Look to China 2030, nuclear power will be the dominent electrical source, 20,000 - 30,000 kms of high speed rail lines, 20 plus cities with a population exceeding 10m people. .
Have a scansion at the Goldman Sachs BRICs2 Report:http://www2.goldmansachs.com/ideas/bric ... eyond.html
One thing the Chinese claim to have invented is a "failsafe" nuclear reactor, to avoid 3-Mile Island and Chernobyl type disasters - a great achievement if its true, still leaving the problem of wastes disposal, but otherwise a safe, clean source of energy.
Look at Ireland today public transport starved of passengers due to the most dispersed settlement patterns in Europe, congested motorways feeding commuters to undersized cities; town centres dying because those with the reddies left for their McMansions developed in a hotch potch manner in the fields.
More dispersal means more carbon release; gravity dictates that what goes up must come down leading to far more extreme weather events which has now led to insurers such as Swiss Re spending increasing sums on climate change lobbying and research funding.
Whatever about energy usage vs transport, I think people have enough disposable income to cover this.
Surely the issue is satisfying the market here by providing cost efficient non-polluting forms of transport, like hydrogen power cells?
This way you might expend more energy, but the rise in carbon increase will be minimal, and that's what counts.
One off housing is the least efficient development pattern, sociologists have proven it leads to reduced social participation and an increased sense of social isolation.
Now you're changing tack onto socio-psychological reasoning.
Up to a point I agree with you, which is why I'm rearing my family in a semi-d in an estate, where were have neighbours nice and neighbours bollicky - all the fun of the fair.
When we lived in Wicklow we had a lot of neighbours in big houses - and there are still pupils like that in the school our family attends - they aren't the caricatures presented of them in the media as socially maladjusted.
And your arguments totally fail to address the negative aspects of dense suburban and urban living, where even in the midst of the greenest most sustainable development you can experience alienation and isolation.
Because community is about culture and people as much as the kind of buildings you live in.
Its well recorded now that moving people from an inner city Dublin environment to the wide open space of Tallaght with its lack of schools and amenity made a social problem worse.
The guilt trip from that ghettoisation program has fed its way back into the planning process in the form is the social housing requriements - mixing rich with poor to avoid ghettos - and its been an utterly dismal failure too.
Forgetting the academic reasons to ban one off housing; the idea of any further development gaining consent in the least suitable places when the exchequer is the largest owner of development land is financially irresponsible when demand has fallen off a cliff, there are tens of thousands of unfinished units on half developed sites. Think Chinese protect the state's interests at all costs.[/quote]
I think we need to tell the greens where to go and simply develop non-polluting sources of energy.
|We need to stop lick-spittling the fossil fuel indsutry in all its forms and develop high altitude solar collectors and hydrogen fuel cells and get on with it.
I cannot be bothered with this hairshirt approach which it killing our inventiveness and our economy.
Have you been in one of these so-called passive vented buildings? I have. Clueless Design on steroids.
Wait until you see the absenteeism figures from these buildings arising from discomfort in the working environment.
Using hot external air to cool buildings in summer.
Using cold external air to warm buildings in winter.
The odd heating pipe to mitigate the effects.
Red and blue arrows in the air in the design sections showing "ventilation" but not comfort levels.
It'll all end in tears mark my words, but is anybody listening when I tell them these things - ohhh no - Members of the Institute designed these buildings and they've won awards, you know.
I can't wait to see the retrofit bill to put in proper HVAC systems.