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Poster Child for the Environment: The Empire State Building

Monday, May 3, 2010
Poster Child for the Environment: The Empire State Building

This article does a great job of covering many of the issues affecting commercial building retrofits today, starting with the process and rationale that are leading to a major retrofit of one of America's great, and most visible landmarks. Read More...

Benchmarking: Finding What Buildings Really Use

Friday, April 30, 2010
Benchmarking: Finding What Buildings Really Use

Benchmarking, the practice of measuring what is to find out how it measures up, is the first step in making buildings more energy efficient. Once we know what how much electricity, water and fuel a building uses, we can see how it measures up to other buildings and find out what needs to be... Read More...

Project FROG Greens School Construction

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Project FROG Greens School Construction

An architectural firm, Project FROG, has come up with amazing prefab structures that fulfill green building dreams. With a third of American students housed in dingy, VOC-emitting trailers, Project FROG promises to change the way schools house our children -- not only greener, but faster and at a low price. Read More...

New, Unbunkered American Embassy Will Rise in London

Sunday, March 14, 2010
New, Unbunkered American Embassy Will Rise in London

A glass cube sheltered from the sun by filamentous photovoltaic shades will represent the US in London. Eschewing concrete barriers for more subtle terrorist proofing, the building will sit within a moat and a grassy knoll -- and will be an exemplary green building. Read More...

Building Green Buildings Provides a 16% ROI

Sunday, February 21, 2010
Building Green Buildings Provides a 16% ROI

This authoritative study concludes that if you build a certified LEED or Energy Star office building, every extra dollar will return you an extra 16 per cent on the sale price, and three to six per cent on your rental income than otherwise identical buildings. Read More...

Olympic Athletes Are Living Green

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Olympic Athletes Are Living Green

The Olympic athlete's village in Vancouver is actually a group of LEED Gold buildings in a former industrial district on a branch of the city's bay. When the Olympics are over, the buildings' 1100 housing units -- some condos, some rentals -- will be occupied as residences. Read More...

GREEN BOOKS

Water: Our Most Precious Resource: by Marc Devilliers. This highly readable report on the looming global water crisis is amazingly informative on water issues around the world from China to Texas.

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