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DC Embassies are in Search of Greener Pastures

The United Arab Emirates’ embassy in Washington, D.C has recently taken the plunge towards a greener tomorrow; an exhaustive process that entailed the retrofitting of the building itself, along with an overhauling of standards and practices geared towards increasing efficiency and sustainability.

Everything from energy consumption to waste management was addressed, leading to a greatly reduced carbon footprint. In celebration of this landmark achievement, the US Green Building Council has awarded the embassy with the prestigious status of Gold in its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating for Existing Buildings. Additionally, the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency has bestowed its ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of the embassy’s exemplary energy efficiency; since the retrofit, the building totes a reduction in energy consumption by a staggering 40%.

UAE Ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba is proud to showcase the embassy’s lasting commitment to environmental sustainability.

The development of these procedures was facilitated by Abu Dhabi’s Masdar: a company invested in clean, sustainable technology and reduced carbon emissions. Masdar and the UAE’s dedication to going green not only results in a brighter future, but an increased profit margin for those who participate. The savings to be had from reduced energy usage alone are substantial, providing a much needed incentive to those companies and buildings that have yet to follow suit. Going green is its own reward, but saving money doesn’t hurt.

The UAE isn’t the only embassy looking towards a sustainable future; many other countries are also making an effort to reduce their environmental impact: The Dutch, Canadian, and Finnish Embassies among them. In January 2012, the Royal Netherlands Embassy hosted the Greening Embassies Forum—a part of Hillary Clinton’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative –at which 47 embassies pledged their efforts towards making Washington D.C a pillar of sustainability (http://nlintheusa.com/d-c-greening-embassies-forum/). The Dutch Embassy was awarded LEED Silver for its efforts, and the Finnish Embassy achieved Gold.

Through joint cooperation and education, the UAE and other embassies are aiming to make Washington D.C—and the world –more ecologically friendly.

New Development Expected For Baltimore

The Baltimore area is experiencing a successful real estate boom and is expected to increase their office space and apartments buildings by 25-36%, during the next ten years. A recent Baltimore Sun article reported the key building strategies, for One Light Street in downtown Baltimore with developer Madison Marquette. Developers are creating the atmosphere that Baltimore, is a great place to live, work, and find fantastic leisure opportunities. A proposal for development on Key Street will include a 404 ft. glass apartment and office tower. This development is expected to cater to young business professionals and established corporations. Work is expected to begin near the Key Street parking lot and Inner Harbor.

Virginia based, Metropolitan Partnership Ltd., are the contractors on the 33 story building. There will be approximately 340 apartments, 10 floors of office space, and a rooftop parking garage that will be hidden by a stone facade. There will be 646 parking spaces in the parking garage. The facade will be as tall as the Thomas Building located next door. Developers are thrilled that the development will be alongside the McDonald’s Corporation, a French Renaissance building with a restaurant on top. Metropolitan is creating tremendous office and apartment opportunities for the city of Baltimore.

The developers have issued a statement on their plans to remain in Baltimore and possibly leasing the 1 Key Street office space. They are confident that their design ideas will attract new business and savvy professionals to the downtown Baltimore area. They are striving hard to improve the financial district with efforts on nearby 10 Key Street. The historic Bank of America building on 10 Key Street is being converted into luxury apartments. Their investors are so confident with their work; they’ve backed up $28 million dollars in bonds for the parking garage. City leaders and the Downtown Initiative Partnership has backed up the developers plans to restructure downtown Baltimore.

Guests will enjoy a beautifully architecture glass building to live or work with great views of downtown and nearby historical building’s. It will be an urban design that will give you access to everything that is going on in the busy downtown Baltimore district. Enjoy a rich historical culture, with great cuisine, and live entertainment. Their development project is a number one priority for the city. Experience office space and apartments with the finest tile, stone, and decor. Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. is making downtown Baltimore the ideal place to work and live.

 

Custom Bike Frame by Ventum Designs Gifted to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

The triathlon world looks for new ways to make races safer and simpler for athletes every year, and Ventum Designs recently released a special edition bike frame for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba (http://ambassadoryousefalotaiba.weebly.com/). This frame was a special edition, sporting the colors of the UAE, and Ventum Designs hopes to create a fence that brings their company together with the athletes of the UAE. This article explains how Ventum Designs has created a frame that is on the cutting edge of their industry.

#1: The Bike Frame Is Ultra-Light

The ultra-light frame is a brilliant design that offers aerodynamic qualities that are not found in other frames. The frame will glide through the air much more smoothly than other bike frames, and the frame provides more space for the wheels to move freely. The rotation of the wheels of a bike is often impeded by the frame, but the new frame by Ventum Designs allows for maximum power from the wheels.

#2: The Colorful Paint Job

Ventum Designs sent a frame to Yousef Al Otaiba that sports the colors of his nation. The athletes of the UAE could be seen on a frame like this in the future, and the frame represents the beginning of a hopeful business relationship between Ventum Designs and the UAE. There are many people who took notice of the frame, and the gift makes the new frame public in a way that a market campaign cannot.

#3: Why Do Triathletes Need Better Bike Frames?

The biking portion of a triathlon is especially grueling when someone is performing the full Ironman version of the event. The bike portion is over 100 miles long (http://www.trutrisports.com/cycling-training/), and a light bike frame makes pedaling that much simpler for every athlete. The new frame from Ventum Designs was created to help triathletes improve their times in every race, but there are many avid bikers who may prefer this design over other bikes in the industry today.

The space age design from Ventum Designs is a breakthrough in the triathlon world. Giving the frame to Yousef Al Otaiba helps show that the company and the country may come together in a harmonious relationship. The two entities will make the new frame the class of the triathlon world, and offering a gift to someone who loves bikes simply makes the gift that much more meaningful.