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    POST-INDUSTRIAL AFFORDABILITY

    It is often tempting for architects and builders, when designing low-income housing, to look for any possible way to reduce the costs of initial construction. But if cheap materials lead to higher maintenance or utility bills in the long run, such economies may prove short-lived. A different approach is based on the idea that affordable housing can be not only attractive but durable and environmentally sustainable as well.

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    KIDS AUDIT ENERGY

    In 2002, the Columbia University Biosphere 2 Center in Arizona began a 10-year clean-energy initiative to convert the campus from an energy user to an energy producer. Participating in phase one of the project, an electric lighting retrofit, was a sixth-grade science class at Immaculate Heart Academy in Tucson. They conducted an energy audit of the Biosphere with results that closely matched those of professional auditors.

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    More Environment

    State Might Push 'Green' Architecture — Gainesville Times, 2003.0217

    'Denim' Solar Panels to Clothe Future Buildings — New Scientist, 2003.0215

    'New Authenticity' Trend Uses Sustainable Materials — Designare, 2003.0213

    National Grid Energy Efficiency Programs Receive Top Honor — Yahoo, 2003.0213

    House Dust as Health Hazard — Designare, 2003.0212

    Habitat's 'Vernacular' House Proves to Be Good for Environment — Starkville Daily News, 2003.0212

    'Green' Homes at Peace with the Environment — Baltimore Sun, 2003.0209

    The Football Field Isn’t the Only “Green” — EDC, 2003.0207

    AIA, EPA Working Together on Livable Communities — AIArchitect, 2003.0207

    Ground Control — EDC, 2003.0207

    Renovating the Design and Construction Process — EDC, 2003.0207

    Green at Work — EDC, 2003.0207

    Zero-Energy Home Contest Spurs Imagination — Michigan Live, 2003.0205

    Vadodara Architect’s Building Vying for Top World Rating — Times of India, 2003.0201

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