‘Green buildings’ concept takes root in Kingdom

Updated 05 December 2013

‘Green buildings’ concept takes root in Kingdom

Environment-friendly Saudi Arabia has a special respect for green buildings, observed an advocate of the green building movement in the US.
Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of US Green Building Council and chair of the World Green Building Council, who was on a brief visit to Saudi Arabia told Arab News that the Kingdom is on the right track to implement green building projects throughout the Kingdom.
“I am happy Saudi Arabia is focusing more on greenhouses, green schools and universities,” he said, pointing out that the new facilities are environment-friendly and is beneficial to the people living in the neighborhood.
In the Kingdom, the maiden green building initiative was taken by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in 2010. The King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah was the first green building constructed in the Kingdom.
There are 140 such buildings throughout the Kingdom at present and 40 of them are in Riyadh. The existing green buildings cover an area of 12 million sq m, 10 percent of the green buildings in the GCC region and four percent in the world. The Kingdom’s school in Riyadh and the upcoming King Abdullah Financial City in Riyadh include some of the green buildings in the capital.
Fedrizzi was in the capital to take part in the distinguished sustainability lecture series convened by Carrier and OTIS.
Speaking about sustainability, Fedrizzi said: “It is an understating what resources do we need to protect so that we have the ability to sustain the life we all want not only to us but to our children and for our future generation.”
In early days, he recalled that authentic environmentalists lived a peaceful and healthy life.
“Our parents and grandparents did not waste anything. They grew their own food. They shared it with their neighbors and did not have cars and they mobilized themselves with the available mode of transport and they built homes and buildings that were sustainable by nature,” said Fedrizzi.
“Above all, they respected nature,” he added.
At present, he added: “We have taken so much for granted too long, now we are trying to get back to a world where our communities, cities and buildings mean more to us.”
It means laying the groundwork for a future that is more prosperous, more healthful, and more equitable than our present. It means that our habits — at a personal level as well as at a global level — don’t lead to an inevitable depletion of resources that would disrupt our quality of life.
Living sustainably means exactly what it says — that our lifestyles can be sustained and that we don’t prove to be our own worst enemies.
Green building isn’t about a laundry list of negative human behaviors that we shouldn’t do. It’s about all the innovative, exciting and life-affirming things we can and should do that lead to an economy, an environment and a social landscape in harmony with each other. It’s about solutions, and the businessman in me knew that this was the key to making real change.
Green building’s potential for truly transforming the way humans and our environment interact comes from one key concept: connectivity.
Green building is focused not on a collection of gadgets and gimmicks but on maximizing the way all of a building’s systems interact with each other.
Those systems include the human beings who occupy the buildings and the communities that the buildings occupy.
In the best buildings, better ventilation and natural daylight save energy while also nurturing the health and comfort of the people inside.
Buildings located in walkable neighborhoods reduce greenhouse gases and also connect people to their neighbors and create a strong sense of place.
Using less water also means less energy required for municipal water treatment. The use of local materials not only cuts back on transportation needs but also builds into the fabric of our homes, offices, schools and communities a direct connection to our local economies.

Aston Martin to debut DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

Updated 12 June 2019

Aston Martin to debut DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

The first Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation — part of the Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection — will make its public debut at the world’s most famous endurance motorsport event later this week — the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday and Sunday.

Breaking cover at Aston Martin’s VIP hospitality facility alongside the French circuit, the first complete DB4 GT Zagato Continuation — one of just 19 cars being made — will be on show throughout the 24-hour race.

The production model of this track-only sports car, the latest in Aston Martin’s Continuation program that began with the DB4 GT Continuation series in 2017, represents the culmination of around 4,500 hours of artisan craftsmanship.

As with all the Continuation cars, the Zagato has been created at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. 

Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car’s exterior color has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI, the paint suppliers for the original cars. Inside, the car is trimmed in Obsidian Black leather, which covers the pads in the carbon fiber race seats, door cards, headliner and rear environment. Black Wilton carpets bound in Obsidian Black leather trim cover the floor, stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread.

The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-liter version of the straight-six cylinder petrol engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation and, in this guise, is producing in excess of 390 bhp. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.

Originally built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. 

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO, said: “The development and successful creation of this latest Continuation car is an achievement that should not be underestimated. Indeed, it could well be argued that we are making history with these new cars. 

“Celebrating our brand’s deep and enduring partnership with Zagato in this, their landmark year, by launching the DBZ Centenary Collection has been a mammoth undertaking and I’m personally extremely proud of the results in the shape of this new DB4 GT Zagato.” 

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: “Like Andy, I’m incredibly proud of what the team have achieved in making the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation a reality.

“After the unprecedented success of the DB4 GT Continuation cars, we are once again bringing to life the stuff of Aston Martin folklore.”

The DBZ Century Collection will be priced at 6 million pounds ($7.6 million) plus taxes. First deliveries to customers will commence in Q3 2019 for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and in Q4 2020 for the DBS GT Zagato.