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    FIRST LEED FACTORY

    A wood-furniture manufacturing facility, recently constructed by Steelcase Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has set a new standard in environmental achievement. It is the first factory to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program.

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    THERMAL DELIGHT IN COURTYARDS

    Perhaps the most satisfying architectural response to the continuously dry topics is the Mediterranean residence centered on a courtyard. With a meager but well-developed water supply, the courtyards feature fountains, ponds, and growing plants for both evaporative cooling and for aesthetic enhancement. But it is the fine-tuning of the courtyard environment its optimization of wall heat resistance, ventilation rate, and evaporation rate that is most satisfying.

    William Lowry and Porter Lowry, Fundamentals of Biometerorology

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    More Environment

    Housebuilder Raises Bar for Environmental Accountability — Architects' Journal, 2002.0109

    Congress Approves $250 Million for Brownfield Clean-up — AIArchitect, 2002.0107

    PGE Defections Actually Good for Sustainability — Portland Business Journal, 2002.0104

    Sustainable Living through One Man's Architecture — ENN, 2002.0104

    "Ten Shades of Green" illuminates sustainable architecture — ENN, 2002.0103

    NREL Awarded Xcel Energy Contracts for Renewable Research — NREL press release, 2002.0103

    One Power Station under God — Boston Globe, 2002.0101

    Builders Face Stricter Home-Energy Laws — The Age, 2002.0101

    Will the GLA Building Be as 'Green' as Promised? — Guardian Unlimited, 2001.1229

    Brownfields Bill Falls Short of Meaningful Reform — National Association of Home Builders, 2001.1221

    Light-rail System Could Be Powered by Sunshine — Phoenix Business Journal, 2001.1221 Edition

    House Passes Brownfields Cleanup Bill — ENR, 2001.1220

    Washington State Energy Code Revisions — NW Enernet, 2001.1220

    2001 Second Warmest Year — MS NBC, 2001.1219

    Mandatory Code to Save Energy Passes Reading — Amarillo Globe-News, 2001.1219

    Energy Department Awards More Than $22 Million for Energy-Efficient — Dept. of Energy Press Release, 2001.1217

    Building Identity by Building Green — DesignArchitecture, 2001.1217

    Exxon Mobil to Pay $11.2 Million in Hazardous Waste Settlement — ENR, 2001.1214

    Green skyscraper looms for Londoners — Guardian Unlimited, 2001.1214

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