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No 10 makeover

As a listed building in a conservation area, it is not easy to redesign Ten Downing Street. But a makeover is in prospect courtesy of the pioneering environmentalist Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute which has been dispensing advice on sustainability to governments and corporations worldwide for two decades. Lovins is visiting Britain to speak at the Equinox 2000 conference at the riba on 21 March, which is supported by the eu and the bre, among others. Quite apart from the moral virtues of sustainable development, Lovins has proved persuasive because of the economic advantages of the methods he promotes, summed up in the title of a book he co-authored, Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use. One imagines that the Blairs will be rather more interested in the healthy living aspects of his teaching. Let us hope there is no conflict with English Heritage, which threatened when the Blairs altered their kitchen without consent in advance. Other international speakers at the conference include Lucien Kroll and Herman Hertzberger. Among the Brits are Bryan Avery, David Turrent and Yasmin Shariff. Details from Mike Trim at BRE (fax 01923 664709, www.bre.co.uk\equinox.

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