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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

    Let's Get Vertical — Common Ground, 2007.0606

    Vatican Plans to Tap Solar Energy — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0605

    Biosphere 2 Sold to Home Developer — New York Times, 2007.0605

    Green Start for Grand House — The Record, 2007.0605

    World Environment Day's Hot Topic — Javno, 2007.0605

    Japan Floats Idea of Industry Energy Benchmarks — Reuters, 2007.0605

    Climate Change to Hit Bangladesh Food Output -Experts — Reuters, 2007.0605

    Green Building Trend Grows — Inside Bay Area, 2007.0605

    Green Building: The Foam Home — Arizona Republic, 2007.0604

    Architects Tap the Sun's Energy — Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2007.0604

    Ecobuild America & AEC-ST Enjoys Successful First Visit to Anaheim — EDC, 2007.0604

    U.N. Warns of Effects of Global Thaw — New York Times, 2007.0604

    Life Is Greener on the Retirement Side for Village People — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0603

    Power Groups Get Carbon Billions — U.K. Times, 2007.0603

    Eco-Friendly Cars Make Waves in Japan Ahead of G-8 Summit — Driving, 2007.0603

    Recycling Mine Tailings into 'Green' Tiles — Sacramento Bee, 2007.0603

    Big Solar's Day in the Sun — CNN, 2007.0603

    Better to Work with Nature to Get Your Dream 'Green' House — San Francisco Chronicle, 2007.0602

    Abuse and Incompetence in Fight Against Global Warming — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0602

    Making Water from Thin Air — Yuba Net, 2007.0602

    SmithGroup's Renewable Energy Facility Achieves LEED Platinum — AIArchitect, 2007.0601

    Gensler Achieves First LEED-Silver Auto Dealership — AIArchitect, 2007.0601

    Meet the People of Super Sustainable Community Springhill — New Consumer, 2007.0601

    Eco-Architecture Takes Hold in Asia — Wall Street Journal, 2007.0601

    Group Warns Russia Nuclear Dump Unstable — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0601

    Sustainable Buildings Standard to Define Green Buildings — Cadalyst, 2007.0601

    Sustainability Shines through Interior Designs. — Business Edge, 2007.0601

    Obama Would Restore Environmental Regulations Bush Rolled Back — Quad Cities, 2007.0601

    Beijing to Shut Down Heavy Polluters During Games — Boston Globe, 2007.0531

    Carbon Credits Are 'Wrong' Says Benn — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0531

    UN: Forest Fires Getting Bigger — Los Angeles Times, 2007.0531

    Johns Hopkins to Launch Environmental Masters Degree Program — Revitalization Online, 2007.0531

    Green Gone Wild in Vegas — Wall Street Journal, 2007.0530

    Green Architect Aims High — Recycling Today, 2007.0530

    Heading for Carbon Zero: Why Your Next Home Will Be a Green One — New Consumer, 2007.0530

    Peruvian Mahogany Logged Illegally, Report Says — Reuters, 2007.0530

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

    Biofuel Breakthroughs & the Cellulosic Fuels Revolution — Renewable Energy Access, 2007.0528

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

    Green Roofs Not Entirely Understood — Vancouver Sun, 2007.0526

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

    Green Giant — Boston Globe, 2007.0523

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