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    CHILL DATA

    When we think of "data center," what comes to mind most readily may be a low, nondescript warehouse in a flat, featureless industrial park. But think again. RTKL Associates, in designing the Highmark Data Center in West Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, built the structure into a hillside, to great functional advantage, and achieved a LEED silver rating in the bargain.

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    BOISE LEED-NC

    In a state better known for its green forests than its "green" building practices, a newly renovated warehouse sets a precedent for sustainability. Front 5 Building in downtown Boise, Idaho has just been received the state's first LEED-NC (New Construction and Major Renovations) certification for its energy- and resource-efficiency.

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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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    More Environment

    BASF Opens Its Near-Zero Energy Home in Paterson, N.J. — BASF Press Release, 2006.0426

    Housing's Alter Eco — Houston Chronicle, 2006.0426

    Straw Bale Course Makes Converts — New Builder, 2006.0426

    Investing in Green: Home Savings an Energy Leader — The Capital Times, 2006.0425

    Event Shines on 'Green' Buildings — Detroit News, 2006.0425

    Architect Eckelberry Releases Energy-Saving Mediterranean Homes — PRWen, 2006.0425

    'Green Energy Benny Farm' Takes Bronze at Holcim Awards — CCN Matthews, 2006.0425

    Looking Beyond Fossil Fuels — Fin24, 2006.0425

    Billboard for Science — Archinect, 2006.0424

    Construction Starts on New Bunting Coady Sustainable Building — Archiseek, 2006.0424

    Environmental Designs Honoured — TMC Net, 2006.0423

    Chernobyl: 20 Years On — Moscow News, 2006.0423

    Condo Project Painted 'Green' — MSNBC, 2006.0423

    The Rise of Bright Green Computers — World Changing, 2006.0422

    Hydrogen Fuels Architects’ Plans — AIArchitect, 2006.0421

    National Building Museum to Host “Green House” Exhibit — AIArchitect, 2006.0421

    Consider 'Green' Building Ideas — Deseret News, 2006.0421

    Building 'Green' Promotes Efficiency — Ann Arbor News, 2006.0421

    Earth-Friendly Construction on the Rise — Post Star, 2006.0421

    HOK Makes Global Investment in Wind Power — HOK press release at ArchiWire, 2006.0421

    The AIA Announces their 2006 Top Ten Green Projects — American Institute of Architects press release, 2006.0419

    NREL to Build Research Support Facility — National Renewable Energy Laboratory press release, 2006.0419

    2006 Sustainable Design Competition — Dexigner, 2006.0419

    You Don't Have to Be Young to Be Green — Newswise, 2006.0419

    It's No Go for the Eco-Home — Welwyn & Hatfield Times, 2006.0419

    Earth House Gets The Thumbs Down - Again — New Builder, 2006.0419

    Conferences to Explore Costs and Benefits of Green Schools — USGBC Press Release, 2006.0419

    Green Building More about Common Sense Than High Tech — Ottawa Business Journal, 2006.0419

    Army Embraces LEED Standard — FacilitiesNet, 2006.0418

    Making Your Home More 'Green' — ASLA Press Release, 2006.0418

    Climate Change Conference - Energy Debate Refueled — Jamaica Gleaner, 2006.0418

    NZ Offers Geothermal Potential for Abandoned Oil Wells — RenewableEnergyAccess.com, 2006.0417

    Making Your Home More "Green" — ASLA press release, 2006.0417

    HOPES for a Sustainable Future — Oregon Daily Emerald, 2006.0417

    Earth Shelter Architecture Saves Green Space — Herald Today, 2006.0416

    New York's Test Cases for Environmental Office Towers — New York Times, 2006.0416

    SOM Aims to Build a Zero-Energy Office Tower in Guangdong — Architectural Record, 2006.0415

    Portland and Energy Trust of Oregon Award Green Building Grants — City of Portland press release, 2006.0413

    New ‘Green’ Synagogue to Replace Current One — Daily Northwestern, 2006.0413

    Step in the Right Direction with Environmental Flooring — Plant Services, 2006.0413

    Tall and Cool: The Met, Bangkok, Thailand — World Architecture News, 2006.0413

    Energy Commission Awards $1.25M for "Cool Roof" Research — California Energy Commission press release, 2006.0412

    Beijing to Ban Drivers for Blue Sky Olympics — Guardian Unlimited, 2006.0407

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