08 Jan 2010 09:01:06
Skyscrapers to reduce NI carbon footprint
Skyscrapers are essential to tackling carbon emissions in Northern Ireland, according to experts.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) expressed support for the new policy on taller buildings in Belfast which was outlined by the minister for environment, Edwin Poots.
Constructing taller residential buildings in town centres will minimise the carbon footprint created by travel from suburban and rural areas, according to the professional body.
Northern Ireland director for RICS, Ben Collins, said: "Other European cities with similar populations to Belfast occupy much smaller areas and are therefore more sustainable.
Mr Collins added that the new low carbon buildings would be far more attractive than the high-rise developments of the 1960s.
He explained: "Modern, high quality and innovative design will ensure that taller buildings provide a high quality living environment and are in keeping with the urban landscape."
The minister for environment told the Belfast Telegraph newspaper earlier in the week that he wanted to model the Belfast skyline on Singapore, rather than New York.http://tinyurl.com/yfruzyu