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    REMODELING NATURALLY

    Many people start a home remodeling project by designing an addition and selecting finish materials. But if your goal is to live in harmony with nature, you need to begin with something more basic: a personal strategy for weaving your needs together with the natural elements available at your site.

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    BUILDING POTENTIAL

    In the rolling hills just east of Austin, Texas, a small compound of experimental buildings makes up the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS). Here, Pliny Fisk III, his partner Gail Vittori, and a cadre of researchers and interns explore the depths of sustainable building.

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    UNSUSTAINABLE

    "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This definition was written 20 years ago in the Brundtland Report, commissioned by the United Nations. Since then, the goal of sustainable urban development has been embraced, in theory, by many officials and design professionals all over the world. But examples of meeting today's needs seem limited to the more prosperous segments of society. Living conditions today in the slums of many of the world's largest cities are appalling, and not improving. Editor

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    More Environment

    Sustainability Goals Need to Be Taken Up Locally — Scoop, 2007.0214

    Architects Urge Congress to Establish New Energy Standards — American Institute of Architects press release, 2007.0214

    Building 'Green' — Toronto Sun, 2007.0214

    Top 10 Most Common Environmental Toxins — Vancouver Sun, 2007.0213

    Our Homes Are Not Well Insulated — Gisborne Herald, 2007.0213

    U.S. Green Building Council Goes Platinum: New Headquarters — U.S. Green Building Council press release, 2007.0213

    Planners Are Over-Burdening Land in Delhi — Dehli Newsline, 2007.0212

    Mayor's 'Zero Carbon' Homes to Set Standard — 24Dash, 2007.0212

    Here Comes the Sun — CNN, 2007.0212

    China Fails to Meet Environmental Goals — Washington Post, 2007.0212

    Swiss Officials Want to Spread Sunshine — New York Times, 2007.0212

    Carbon Goes Deep — Nature, 2007.0212

    Wasted Wood: Engineers Seek a More Sustainable Building Material — Exduco, 2007.0212

    Montana Cities Exploring Green Building — New West, 2007.0212

    Energy Efficient Building a Must in the Gulf States — Middle East Economic Engineering Forum, 2007.0211

    Eco-Friendly Homes Are Going Mainstream — Chronicle Herald, 2007.0211

    Architects Advocate Green Design — Mass Live, 2007.0211

    Eco-Friendly School Has Lessons Built In — News & Observer, 2007.0211

    Ten Ways to Prepare for a Post-Oil Society — Alternet, 2007.0210

    Environmentally Conscious Housing: Who Decides What's Green? — Free New Mexican, 2007.0210

    Branson, Gore Announce Climate Change Prize — ABC News, 2007.0210

    "Slum Tourism" Stirs Controversy in Kenya — Kenya London News, 2007.0210

    Housing Materials Hewing to Green — Newsday, 2007.0209

    Greener Than Green — Colorado Daily, 2007.0209

    A Hydrogen Economy, Hype and Hope — Technology News Daily, 2007.0209

    Down and Dirty — New York Times, 2007.0208

    In a Rush for Renewables — Houston Chronicle, 2007.0208

    Dutch May Build Breaker Islands in Response to Global Warming — International Herald Tribune, 2007.0207

    Eco-Friendly Home Building Gains Steam — Birmingham News, 2007.0207

    USGBC, ASHRAE and IESNA Outline New Green Standard — U.S. Green Building Council press release, 2007.0206

    Project Green: This Ecofriendly House — Newsweek, 2007.0205

    Parks Building Certified Most Environmentally Friendly in Canada — Victoria Times Colonist, 2007.0204

    Tackling Climate Change in the U.S. — American Solar Energy Society press release, 2007.0131

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