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  • Lunce
    Dear Paul: Not sure what soil they meant in the article. However, here is an article on garden roof soil you might find interesting.
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 2, 2005
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      Dear Paul:

      Not sure what soil they meant in the article. However, here is an
      article on garden roof soil you might find interesting.
      http://ws11.ipowerweb.com/permatil/gardensoil.htm

      Lunce

      Paul Archer wrote:

      >This got passed along to me recently. I thought it was interesting.
      >
      >This article mentions a soil substitute for roof gardens that is lighter
      >than regular soil and holds more water. Does anyone know what product
      >they're talking about?
      >
      >Paul
      >
      >
      >China's Little Green Book
      >
      >By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
      >
      >Published: November 2, 2005
      >
      >
      > BEIJING
      >
      >There are only about 60 gold-standard green buildings in the world - that
      >is, buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as having been
      >made with the materials and systems that best reduce waste, emissions and
      >energy use. One of those buildings is in Beijing - China's Ministry of
      >Science and Technology, at 55 Yuyuantan Nanlu Street.
      >
      >I toured it the other day with Robert Watson from the Natural Resources
      >Defense Council, who advised China in designing the building. What struck me
      >most was how much stuff in China's greenest building was labeled "Made in
      >China."
      >
      >Get used to it. In China, conservation is not a "personal virtue," as Dick
      >Cheney would say. Today it is a necessity. It was so polluted in Beijing the
      >other day you could not make out buildings six blocks away. That's the bad
      >news. Here's the good news: China's leaders and business community know it.
      >They know that as China grows more prosperous, and more Chinese buy homes
      >and cars, it must urgently adopt green technologies; otherwise, it will
      >destroy its environment and its people. Green technology will decide whether
      >China continues on its current growth path or chokes itself to death. So
      >green innovation is starting to mushroom in China.
      >
      > And what's the U.S. doing as green technology is emerging as the most
      >important industry of the 21st century? Let's see: the Bush team is telling
      >our manufacturers they don't have to improve auto mileage standards or
      >appliance efficiency, is looking to ease regulations on oil refiners and is
      >rejecting a gas tax that would help shift America to hybrid vehicles.
      >
      > We should be doing just the opposite: creating more pressures and
      >incentives so our companies will innovate and dominate the next great
      >industry. You think China is cleaning our clock now with cheap clothing?
      >Wait a decade, when we'll have to import our green technology from Beijing,
      >just as we have to import hybrid motors today from Japan.
      >
      >Green China will be much more challenging than Red China. Look around the
      >nine-story Ministry of Science and Technology building. Yes, a lot of cool
      >things here are from Europe, and some are from the U.S.
      >
      >But what about the porous pavement bricks, made of fly ash, a byproduct of
      >coal combustion that allows storm water to flow through and be reabsorbed
      >into the Beijing aquifer? Made in China. The photovoltaic panels that
      >provide 10 percent of the building's electricity from sunlight? Made in
      >China. The solar hot water system? Made in China. The soil substitute in the
      >building's roof garden that is 75 percent lighter than regular dirt and
      >holds three to four times more water per cubic foot? Made in China. The
      >concrete building blocks filled with insulating foam that keeps you warmer
      >in the winter and cooler in the summer? Made in China, by a U.S.-owned
      >company. The water-free urinals? Made for the China market by a U.S.-owned
      >company.
      >
      >Jack Perkowski, who runs Asimco Technologies, the huge China-based auto
      >parts maker, told me where this is heading: "As China moves from the
      >second-largest market to the first in autos ... the industry here will have
      >to come up with transport that is more affordable, fuel-efficient and
      >environmentally sound."
      >
      >As green technologies get adopted here and gain scale - Mr. Perkowski cited
      >a Chinese auto company now rushing to develop a green diesel engine for
      >passenger cars - the Chinese will set the standards for the world.
      >
      > "So they will become technology exporters rather than importers," he said.
      >And because of the unique needs of China and the fact that it will become
      >the biggest market for any product, the Chinese will "innovate at their
      >affordability level." Once they come up with low-cost solutions that work
      >inside China, they will take them global at China prices.
      >
      >The China Daily reported that China's 11th five-year plan, which starts
      >soon, includes a program to sharply reduce China's energy usage per unit of
      >G.D.P. by 2010. "To hit the target, a huge business potential will be open
      >to investors," Zhou Dadi, director of China's top energy research institute,
      >told a forum held by the paper.
      >
      >"China is growing three times as fast as we are," Mr. Watson said, "[so] a
      >lot of innovation is going to happen here, and once it is introduced [on the
      >low-cost China platform] it is going to spread a lot faster. ... We are not
      >the only source of innovation on the planet. The Japanese and Europeans are
      >here in a big way, and they are giving their stuff away. ...
      >
      > "We deserve to lose. We are clutching our past with these tremulous hands,
      >and everyone else is vigorously grasping the future."
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >Yahoo! Groups Links
      >
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    • J. P. Malone
      Paul, Great article, thanks for posting it. J. Patrick Malone ... From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Paul Archer Sent:
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 3, 2005
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        Paul,
        Great article, thanks for posting it.

        J. Patrick Malone

        -----Original Message-----
        From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Paul
        Archer
        Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:10 AM
        To: Houston RE Group
        Subject: [hreg] NY Times: Green China (fwd)

        This got passed along to me recently. I thought it was interesting.

        This article mentions a soil substitute for roof gardens that is lighter
        than regular soil and holds more water. Does anyone know what product
        they're talking about?

        Paul


        China's Little Green Book

        By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

        Published: November 2, 2005


        BEIJING

        There are only about 60 gold-standard green buildings in the world - that
        is, buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as having been
        made with the materials and systems that best reduce waste, emissions and
        energy use. One of those buildings is in Beijing - China's Ministry of
        Science and Technology, at 55 Yuyuantan Nanlu Street.

        I toured it the other day with Robert Watson from the Natural Resources
        Defense Council, who advised China in designing the building. What struck me
        most was how much stuff in China's greenest building was labeled "Made in
        China."

        Get used to it. In China, conservation is not a "personal virtue," as Dick
        Cheney would say. Today it is a necessity. It was so polluted in Beijing the
        other day you could not make out buildings six blocks away. That's the bad
        news. Here's the good news: China's leaders and business community know it.
        They know that as China grows more prosperous, and more Chinese buy homes
        and cars, it must urgently adopt green technologies; otherwise, it will
        destroy its environment and its people. Green technology will decide whether
        China continues on its current growth path or chokes itself to death. So
        green innovation is starting to mushroom in China.

        And what's the U.S. doing as green technology is emerging as the most
        important industry of the 21st century? Let's see: the Bush team is telling
        our manufacturers they don't have to improve auto mileage standards or
        appliance efficiency, is looking to ease regulations on oil refiners and is
        rejecting a gas tax that would help shift America to hybrid vehicles.

        We should be doing just the opposite: creating more pressures and
        incentives so our companies will innovate and dominate the next great
        industry. You think China is cleaning our clock now with cheap clothing?
        Wait a decade, when we'll have to import our green technology from Beijing,
        just as we have to import hybrid motors today from Japan.

        Green China will be much more challenging than Red China. Look around the
        nine-story Ministry of Science and Technology building. Yes, a lot of cool
        things here are from Europe, and some are from the U.S.

        But what about the porous pavement bricks, made of fly ash, a byproduct of
        coal combustion that allows storm water to flow through and be reabsorbed
        into the Beijing aquifer? Made in China. The photovoltaic panels that
        provide 10 percent of the building's electricity from sunlight? Made in
        China. The solar hot water system? Made in China. The soil substitute in the
        building's roof garden that is 75 percent lighter than regular dirt and
        holds three to four times more water per cubic foot? Made in China. The
        concrete building blocks filled with insulating foam that keeps you warmer
        in the winter and cooler in the summer? Made in China, by a U.S.-owned
        company. The water-free urinals? Made for the China market by a U.S.-owned
        company.

        Jack Perkowski, who runs Asimco Technologies, the huge China-based auto
        parts maker, told me where this is heading: "As China moves from the
        second-largest market to the first in autos ... the industry here will have
        to come up with transport that is more affordable, fuel-efficient and
        environmentally sound."

        As green technologies get adopted here and gain scale - Mr. Perkowski cited
        a Chinese auto company now rushing to develop a green diesel engine for
        passenger cars - the Chinese will set the standards for the world.

        "So they will become technology exporters rather than importers," he said.
        And because of the unique needs of China and the fact that it will become
        the biggest market for any product, the Chinese will "innovate at their
        affordability level." Once they come up with low-cost solutions that work
        inside China, they will take them global at China prices.

        The China Daily reported that China's 11th five-year plan, which starts
        soon, includes a program to sharply reduce China's energy usage per unit of
        G.D.P. by 2010. "To hit the target, a huge business potential will be open
        to investors," Zhou Dadi, director of China's top energy research institute,
        told a forum held by the paper.

        "China is growing three times as fast as we are," Mr. Watson said, "[so] a
        lot of innovation is going to happen here, and once it is introduced [on the
        low-cost China platform] it is going to spread a lot faster. ... We are not
        the only source of innovation on the planet. The Japanese and Europeans are
        here in a big way, and they are giving their stuff away. ...

        "We deserve to lose. We are clutching our past with these tremulous hands,
        and everyone else is vigorously grasping the future."





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