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    BREATHING IN BERLIN

    In recent years, architects have begun to view the skins of buildings like the skins of living organisms: properly designed, they breathe, change form, and adapt to variations in climate. A building that demonstrates this in several ways is the GSW Headquarters in Berlin, designed by Sauerbruch & Hutton Architects, with engineering by Arup. Editor

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    LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT TOOLS

    One of the most difficult problems for architects interested in sustainable design is knowing which materials are "green." Is the material recycled? Local? Renewable? Is it low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? What if you have to choose between these attributes? Are there other factors to be considered? And what about marketing claims? Is a material really "green" just because the manufacturer says it is? The choices can be bewildering.

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    More Environment

    Sustainable Design Education in North America — Metropolis, 2003.09

    Nature Comes to Five Schools — Detroit news, 2003.0825

    Interface Flooring Uses Landfill Emissions for Power — Designare, 2003.0820

    Low-Allergen Housing Wins International Recognition — Scotsman Online, 2003.0817

    Arlington, Virginia Goes Green with New Building — VOA News, 2003.0817

    Dome on the Range — Vail Daily, 2003.0817

    Air Quality Experts Solve Sick Building Syndrome Cases — Designare, 2003.0814

    More Companies, Governments "Building Green" — AP at Miami Herald, 2003.0810

    Stressful Buildings: Does Architecture Make Us Sick? — AIArchitect, 2003.0808

    Sustainability is a Cultural Problem — Harvard Design Magazine, 2003.0807

    Fair Has Builders Seeing Green — The Ithaca Journal, 2003.0804

    City Saves Half-Million with Smart Energy Use — Southface Energy Institute, 2003.0803

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