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    SAVING CONCRETE ENERGY

    With the growing awareness of the environmental harm of greenhouse gases, one major culprit in the construction industry is beginning to attract attention. The production of Portland cement, a key ingredient of concrete, releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide (C02) — 8 percent of greenhouse gases worldwide. The United States consumes 110 million tons (100 million metric tons) of Portland cement annually and China now produces and places five times that amount.

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    SUSTAINABLE PHILOSOPHY

    As the concept of sustainable design moves into the mainstream of architectural practice, it will evolve in how it is perceived and understood. Already the idea has moved in from the fringes of practice and has shed most of its original, inappropriate reputation as a fad. In light of its growing acceptance, sustainable design is now worthwhile fodder for philosophical speculation. — Editor

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    RACE TO THE SUN

    Seventeen teams of North American architecture and engineering students, joined by a team from Spain, have shown how their generation of design professionals is preparing for a responsible, low-energy future. These students met in Washington DC in October 2005 to participate in the Solar Decathlon on the National Mall. There, the teams assembled solar-powered houses that they had designed, and they demonstrated various technologies to the visiting public.

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    More Environment

    On-Line Introductory Course in Renewable Energy Systems — Renewable Energy Access, 2006.0222

    Green Cleaning Programs in Schools Get High Scores — Contractor Power, 2006.0222

    New York Times Pursues Light Not LEED — eOculus, 2006.0221

    Green High-Rise Deemed Golden — News & Observer, 2006.0221

    UN Agency Launches ‘Green’ Initiative for Construction Industry — UN News Center, 2006.0221

    Architects Plan 'Green Offices' in Boca Raton — South Florida Business Journal, 2006.0220

    BioShield Builds Natural Paint Base — San Jose Business Journal, 2006.0220

    Green Roof for True Nature Foods — Urban Habitat Chicago press release, 2006.0216

    ASHRAE, USGBC, IESNA Partner on New Standard — U.S. Green Building Council press release, 2006.0215

    Yale to Offer Green Building Design and Development Program — Yale University press release, 2006.0214

    Bush Details Billion-Dollar Plan for Public Land Sales — ENN, 2006.0213

    'Eco-Modern' Homes in Country Setting — New York Times, 2006.0212

    Sustainable House 'Looks to the Future by Looking at the Past' — Houston Chronicle, 2006.0212

    BetterBricks Awards — BetterBricks Update, 2006.0209

    Green and Profitable — BetterBricks Update, 2006.0209

    High Performance Schools — BetterBricks Update, 2006.0209

    Conference to Stress Building 'Green' — Miami Herald, 2006.0209

    14 Steps to Greener Hospitals — BDC, 2006.0208

    NAHB Honors Fireside Home Construction — NAHB Press Release, 2006.0208

    Pliny Fisk's Sustainable Methodology — Metropolis, 2006.0130

    Green Roofs Find Growing Markets — Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News, 2006.0125

    Milliken Shares Passion with Trees-for-All Initiative — Milliken & Company press release,

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