Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guangzhou-Shenzhen High-speed Rail

I just back from China. I am so impressed with China innovation and technology. Using car, the journey from Guangzhou to Shenzhen will take about 4 hours. If using the current provided train, the journey take about 2.5 hours. Using this new high speed train is only 25 minutes.

Guangzhou-Shenzhen High-speed Rail Opens Dec. 28
The Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway has five stations: Guangzhou South, Dongchong, Humen, Gongming Station and Shenzhen North Railway Station. The top speed is 380 km per hour but the actual speed has been restricted to 300 km per hour.

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed rail is scheduled to open Dec. 28, an official attending a closed door meeting in Guangzhou was quoted as saying yesterday (Dec 13.)

The meeting was the final procedure before the operation of the rail begins, which is expected to cut the travel time between the two cities to 25 minutes, the official said.

To ensure safety, the high-speed rail will have a trial run Friday, the meeting was told.

A 30-member inspection team organized by the Ministry of Railways (MOR) took a CRH3 bullet train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen on Monday.

The top speed is 380 km per hour but the actual speed has been restricted to 300 km per hour.

Chief engineer He Huawu of MOR said the design of the blind persons’ lane at Shenzhen North Railway Station had flaws.

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway has five stations: Guangzhou South, Dongchong, Humen, Gongming Station and Shenzhen North Railway Station.

The rail is expected to greatly relieve traffic during the Spring Festival, which will start Jan. 8 and will transport 9.76 million passengers in 40 days.

During the initial period of the opening, passengers taking the Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed rail to Changsha and Wuhan will have to transfer at Guangzhou South Railway Station to take trains on Guangzhou-Wuhan high-speed rail to reach destinations.

It is unknown when high-speed trains from those cities will run directly to Shenzhen through the new line.

The construction of the rail was started in December 2005. The section between Shenzhen and Hong Kong will open by the end of 2015. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Malaysia vs Indonesia SEA Games XXVI/2011 di Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Khamis (17/11/2011)

keputusan malaysia vs indonesia 2 Keputusan Malaysia VS Indonesia, Bola Sepak Sukan SEA 2011. HARIMAU MALAYA Ganyang GARUDA!!  
Majikan 1 - Bibik 0
Asyraf 1 - Bunga 0
ikan keli 1 - Pecel lele 0
laksa 1 - Bakso 0
Zarina anjoulie 1 - Julia perez 0

Dah menang balik naik kereta perisai (kenderaan anti huru hara) Dennys
Dua kendaraan anti huru-hara disiapkan oleh aparat untuk mengangkut timnas Malaysia usai mengalahkan Indonesia 1-0 di penyisihan terakhir SEA Games XXVI, Khamis (17/11/2011)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Green Building Rating Systems in India

In India, at present, there are predominantly two rating systems to certify buildings as green buildings, namely GRIHA and LEED-INDIA. These rating systems have a predefined set of criteria and there are points for each one of these criterion. The buildings are required to fulfill the defined criteria and achieve a certain number of points to be certified. 

GRIHA, an acronym for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, is the National Rating System of India. It has been conceived by TERI and developed jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. It is a green building 'design evaluation system', and is suitable for all kinds of buildings in different climatic zones of the country. 

It is a rating tool that helps people, assess the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks. It will evaluate the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a ‘green building’. The rating system, based on accepted energy and environmental principles, will seek to strike a balance between the established practices and emerging concepts, both national and international. The guidelines/criteria appraisal may be revised every three years to take into account the latest scientific developments during this period.
Going by the old adage ‘what gets measured, gets managed’, GRIHA attempts to quantify aspects such as energy consumption, waste generation, renewable energy adoption, etc. so as to manage, control and reduce the same to the best possible extent. 

LEED-INDIA is the Indian counterpart of United States Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It is led by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) in India.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-INDIA) Green Building Rating System is a nationally and internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. 

LEED-INDIA provides building owners, architects, consultants, developers, facility managers and project managers the tools they need to design, construct and operate green buildings. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in the following five key areas: Sustainable site development, Water savings, Energy efficiency, Materials selection and, Indoor environmental quality.
LEED-INDIA rating system provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle.
Specific LEED-INDIA programs include:
 LEED India for New Construction (LEED India NC)
 LEED India for Core and Shell (LEED India CS)

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