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    GREENER GREEN ROOFS

    The sedum roofs of today symbolize performance-oriented green roof design. Like fine-tuned engines, they run on leaner artificial substrates with almost no organic matter; volcanic rock or expanded shale, baked at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit (1093 degrees Celsius), make the substrates lighter and soil depths as thin as possible. They seem to be race cars in the fleet of green roofs maximum performance paired with minimum weight. The simple soil mixtures and roof sections of the early days of green roofs developed into multilayered complex systems supporting the homogenous surface of succulents. The unkempt and rough gave way to the groomed and cultivated, reminiscent of the unrelenting beauty of agricultural fields.

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    PLATINUM B-SIDE

    Natural daylight, cooling and ventilating efficiencies, and low-impact material selections helped add up to a USGBC LEED Platinum certification for Building B of the new Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU). The first LEED Platinum building in Arizona joined the elite green ranks of fewer than 60 LEED Platinum-certified buildings worldwide.

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    Greenscrapers Are Here — Business Standard, 2007.1031

    Sustainable City - Green Building Festival Review — blogTO, 2007.1030

    White House Adviser Linked to Cuts in Climate-Change Report — Nature, 2007.1030

    Berkeley Plans to Beat Green Target — Telegraph, 2007.1030

    Green Buildings — Duke University News, 2007.1030

    Architects and Designers Look to Make Office Interiors 'Greener' — International Herald Tribune, 2007.1030

    2007 Historic Chicago Bungalow & Green Home Expo — Chi Town Daily News, 2007.1030

    The Failure That Is the Suburbs — Ottawa Business Journal, 2007.1029

    The Battle for Green Building — Springfield Business Journal, 2007.1029

    Remaking the Built Environment by 2030 — World Changing (blog), 2007.1029

    Blasting Levees Part of Effort to Revive Oregon Lake — USA Today, 2007.1028

    Beyond the Doom and Gloom of Climate Change — Toronto Star, 2007.1027

    pieceHomes — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1026

    Easy on the Earth — Herald Net, 2007.1025

    Strategic Steps Down the Green IT Path — InfoWorld, 2007.1025

    Perkins + Will's Antilla "Green" Tower in Mumbai — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1025

    Is the a/E/C Industry Ready for Process Reform? — Seattle Daily Journal, 2007.1025

    China's Green Energy Gap — New York Times, 2007.1024

    Recycling in Israel, Not Just Trash, but the Whole Dump — New York Times, 2007.1023

    Drilling for Energy: New York Buildings Tap into Geothermal Power — Resident Publications, 2007.1023

    Urban Green Housing Key for Environment: Agency — CTV, 2007.1022

    Coal Power Opponents Get New Weapon from Kansas — Reuters, 2007.1022

    Power Your Car with Algae — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1022

    Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Increasing — New York Times, 2007.1022

    Greenhouse-Gas Levels Accelerating — Nature, 2007.1022

    Affordable 'Green' Homes — Arizona Daily Star, 2007.1022

    House Is a Big User of Energy — Olympian, 2007.1022

    Solar Homes Draw Crowds on Mall — Associated Press, 2007.1022

    Sustainability Meets Security at Pentagon — EDC, 2007.1021

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