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    DEEP AND MERELY TINTED GREENS

    As the concept of "green design" enters the mainstream of our building culture, designers are being given a glut of information and misinformation on what constitutes environmentally sound practices. The term "greenwashing" has entered the lexicon to mean giving the appearance of being green without providing substantive environmental benefit.

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    HEALTH, CARE AND COMFORT

    River Campus Building One, for Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, is a high-performance building with a conventional budget. The 16-story building, currently in construction, displays an innovative approach to mechanical engineering for a medical and research environment. In collaboration with developer Gerding/ Edlen and GBD Architects, Interface Engineering has met aggressive design criteria for resource conservation while paying special attention to the thermal comfort of medically fragile occupants. Editor

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    Kresge Foundation Returns to a Greener Headquarters — Kresge Press Release, 2006.0405

    Denver Place: An Energy-Efficient City within a City — Buildings.com, 2006.0405

    New UVC Kit for PTAC Systems Provides Energy Savings and IAQ — Steril-Aire, Inc. press release, 2006.0405

    A 'Green' Building Rises amid Beijing Smog — Christian Science Monitor, 2006.0403

    Cost-Conscious Consumers Go for Eco-Houses — Irish Examiner, 2006.0403

    The Search for Healthier Indoor Environments — Building Envelope Forum, 2006.0403

    Breathing Easy — Deccan Herald, 2006.0402

    Make Design Decisions that Please the Earth and the Eye — Marin Independent Journal, 2006.0401

    To L' and Back: New Regulations on Energy Use — Building Design, 2006.0331

    Canadian Cement Industry Releases Sustainability Report — Cement Association of Canada press release, 2006.0329

    SOM Wins Competition for Sustainable Skyscraper in China — Dexigner, 2006.0328

    William McDonough Joins Green Sandwich Advisory Board — MarketWire, 2006.0328

    Homebuilding Goes Green to Save Energy, Provide Comfort — ENN, 2006.0327

    Eco-Friendly Homes Multiply across U.S. — MSNBC, 2006.0327

    Sustainability Movement Spurs Green Construction Event — East Bay Business Times, 2006.0327

    Vancouver Port Authority Wins "Gold" for Sustainable Office — Vancouver Press Release, 2006.0327

    Go Rain Gardens, Go Green Roofs — Pulse, 2006.0327

    High Tech, High Design, High Performance — EDC, 2006.0324

    A New Generation of Schools — EDC, 2006.0324

    Energy Efficiency at the Eco Office — EDC, 2006.0324

    Care About Forests? Don't Use Green Globes Rating Tool — Healthy Building News, 2006.0324

    Legislation in the UK Comes to Grips with Climate Change — Building Design, 2006.0324

    Landfill Partnerships Generate Alternative Energy — Milliken & Company press release, 2006.0313

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