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    HOUSE RECYCLING

    Depending on your generation, you may have been taught: "Waste not, want not." Thrift is certainly one incentive for deconstructing buildings for reuse. In addition, many of us are motivated by a desire to be environmentally sensitive, a fondness for antiques and other items from the past, a yearning to have more control over the quality of materials used in construction, or a recognition that many of the materials available for salvage are of higher quality than those produced today.

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    HOK STRAW BALE

    For over a decade, straw-bale construction has been growing in popularity among "alternative" house builders. The durable, low-cost, nontoxic, highly insulating, pest-resistant, and potentially structural material is especially practical in hot arid climates. It was used extensively in the treeless grasslands of the U.S. Midwest early in the 20th century.

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    LEED GOLD HOSPITAL

    Because of unusually strict technical, mechanical, and air quality requirements, hospitals are one of the most difficult building types to design sustainably. Yet the Providence Newberg Medical Center by Mahlum Architects has achieved a LEED Gold rating the first hospital in the United States to do so. It is also the first U.S. hospital to acquire enough renewable electric power to meet all its needs.

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    More Environment

    Learning from the Work — COTEnotes, 2007.0600

    Green Gone Wild in Vegas — Wall Street Journal, 2007.0530

    U.S. Rejects EU Emission Reductions — New York Times, 2007.0529

    WHO Urges Smoking Ban in Public Places — Washington Post, 2007.0529

    Europe Leads in Designing Buildings That Save Energy — International Herald Tribune, 2007.0529

    Building Design Leaders Collaborate to Provide Indoor Air Quality Guidance — American Institute of Architects press release, 2007.0529

    Will Warming Lead to a Rise in Hurricanes? — New York Times, 2007.0529

    Can Science Outwit Storms Like Katrina? — New York Times, 2007.0529

    Michael Jantzen on His Lean, Green, Origami-Inspired M-House — New Consumer, 2007.0529

    Design That Solves Problems for the World's Poor — New York Times, 2007.0529

    16 Cities to Get Financing to 'Go Green' — ArchitectOnLine, 2007.0529

    Rich Must Pay Bulk of Climate Change Bill - Oxfam — Reuters, 2007.0528

    Mining Solar Power in Oregon — HeraldNet, 2007.0528

    Climate to Push Up Australian Power Costs — Reuters, 2007.0528

    Green Design Catches On in the Valley — The Desert Sun, 2007.0528

    Native Centre Rises from Desert — Journal of Commerce, 2007.0528

    Schools Considering Going Green to Save on Bills, Teach Students — Washington Post, 2007.0528

    Lumen Sheds Light on Urban Mindset — Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2007.0528

    Go Green: Work at the Office Not at Home — Telegraph, 2007.0527

    The Energy Challenge Needs Engineers — Telegraph, 2007.0527

    Green Roofs Not Entirely Understood — Vancouver Sun, 2007.0526

    First British Nuclear Clean-Up Contract Goes to America — Telegraph, 2007.0526

    NREL Updates National Solar Radiation Database — National Renewable Energy Laboratory press release, 2007.0525

    USGBC and ICC Commit to Initiatives to Further Green Practices — U.S. Green Building Council press release, 2007.0525

    Costa Rica Aims to Win "Carbon Neutral" Nation Race — The Star (Malaysia), 2007.0525

    Green Architects Awarded for Their Work — Houston Chronicle, 2007.0525

    'Green' Cottaging Calls for Strategic Thinking — The Globe and Mail, 2007.0525

    UK "Living Laboratory" to Train Climate Experts — Reuters, 2007.0524

    SBIC Releases Fifth Edition of Green Building Guidelines — Sustainable Building Industry Council press release, 2007.0524

    GE Announces New Ecomagination Homebuilder Program — GE press release, 2007.0524

    Sustainable Design Key in Manufacturing Facility Expansion — Revitalization Online, 2007.0524

    Study: Killer Hurricanes Thrived in Cooler Seas — CNN, 2007.0524

    Japan Urges Halving Emissions by 2050 — Sci-Tech Today, 2007.0524

    Catching the Winds of Change — Journal of Commerce, 2007.0523

    Green Giant — Boston Globe, 2007.0523

    Cheaper Solar Power Heads Mainstream — Reuters, 2007.0522

    Al Gore Has Big Plans — New York Times, 2007.0520

    Lab Contributes to Latest Global Warming Report — The Berkeley Lab View, 2007.0518

    Eco-Office Promotes Regenerative Design — AIArchitect, 2007.0518

    The Golden Arches Go Green — AIArchitect, 2007.0518

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