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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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    SANTA MONICA ELECTRIC

    In light of rising energy costs and potentially disastrous environmental policies, timing couldn't be better for the opening of Colorado Court, one of the first 100-percent energy-neutral housing developments in the United States. Located on a busy, urban street corner in Santa Monica, California, the award-winning five-story, "green" building is designed not only to reduce energy consumption but to return unused power back to the city's electrical grid.

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    More Environment

    Environmental Learning Center Links Energy to Stewardship — Con.WEB, 2003.0227

    From a White House Roof, Solar Power Proclaims Gains — New York Times, 2003.0227

    NREL Highlights Leading Green Utilities — National Renewable Energy Laboratory press release, 2003.0221

    For Home-Based Businesses, Tips on Cutting Energy Bills — Designare, 2003.0219

    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

    Ground Control — EDC, 2003.0207

    Renovating the Design and Construction Process — EDC, 2003.0207

    Green at Work — EDC, 2003.0207

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

    AIA, EPA Working Together on Livable Communities — AIArchitect, 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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