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This Monday, some of the world’s most iconic buildings and landmarks will be bathed in benign green light in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. Organized by Tourism Ireland, ‘Global Greening 2014’ will see monuments as far flung as the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pyramids in Egypt, and our very own City Hall here in San Francisco awash with green – a very literal take on making your building greener!
Coincidentally, I recently came across an article on the UK Guardian’s Environment Network on efforts of the UK parliament to make their buildings greener in the environmental sense. The historic Houses of Parliament – also a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has been targeted to improve energy efficiency by 34% by the end of the decade. I was intrigued to learn
that as well as the more straightforward energy-saving ideas of putting solar panels on some of the flat roofs, other suggestions tabled include fixing solar panels to the clock face of Big Ben and even insulating parts of the roof with sheep’s wool. Sheep’s wool, it appears, is water tolerant so could also help to guard against leaks – very useful given London’s climate..!
These insights spurred me to look at what other countries are doing to make their landmarks more energy efficient. Here are the ones that piqued my interest the most:
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