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    BIO-SOLAR HOUSE IN THAILAND

    It's an environmental dream: a self-reliant house that produces its own electricity, water, and cooking gas. Solar energy powers the air-conditioning, lights, and household appliances. Rain, dew, and condensation from the cooling system produce enough water for a family of four. Recycled water irrigates the garden, and surplus electricity is sold to the power company or used to drive an electric car 30 miles (50 kilometers) a day.

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    SHADE CONDITIONING

    The sun is one of the most abundant resources in the tropics, and diverse technologies already harness its energy successfully. However, as a design determinant, it is not sun but shade that is a fundamental element of architecture in tropical latitudes. Here, shade summons and generally conditions behavior. Just as sunlight and its warmth are invigorating in cold climates, in the tropics it is the coolness of shade that allows people to be active.

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    Winnipeg Firm wins First International Green Roof Award — Canadian Architect, 2003.0516

    Low on Energy, High on Hopes — Sydney Morning Herald, 2003.0514

    Kyocera Introduces High-Efficiency Photovoltaic Module — Kyocera Solar, Inc. press release, 2003.0512

    UC-Merced Hopes to Set Model for Sustainable Campus Building — Mercury News, 2003.0508

    Cal State Hayward to Have Largest University Solar Electric System — PowerLight Corporation press release, 2003.0508

    It Ainít Easy Being Green — Nashville City Paper, 2003.0507

    Knoll, Inc. Receives GREENGUARD Certification for Textiles — Designare, 2003.0506

    EPA's Energy Star Program: 100,000 Energy Efficient Homes — National Association of Home Builders, 2003.0506

    N.H. Forest Protection Building Earns LEED Gold Certification — AIArchitect, 2003.0502

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