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  [Aroid-l] Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability
From: lbmkjm at yahoo.com (brian lee) on 2008.06.25 at 18:35:38(17963)
Dear Helmut and Jeremy,


I saw a program on the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, built for King Leopold II of Belgium. The floorplan covers 2.5 hectares. I was really impressed by the Victorian Architecture and the pathway heating systems. However, this is a good example of BTU's out of control...they burn 200,000 gallons of heating oil per year. Now that is some heating bill. It is a marvel of historic building and it is beautiful. I have no idea about the plant collections...but,I suppose at some point they will have to consider double glazing and other measures to heat this with efficiency...



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