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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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    Green Good Design — Architecten Web, 2007.1120

    Crude Oil Rallies Past $96 a Barrel — RTT News, 2007.1120

    Merchandise Mart LEED Certification a Bellwether for Greening — Commercianl Property News, 2007.1119

    Clinton Library Gets 'Green' Roof — Associated Press, 2007.1119

    Can a Big Box Like Canadian Tire Really Be Green? — The Vancouver Sun, 2007.1119

    IPCC Talks Tough — Nature, 2007.1119

    Call to Action — Houston Chronicle, 2007.1119

    84 Ways You Can Help the Planet — Boston Globe, 2007.1118

    Emissions Growth Must End in 7 Years, U.N. Warns — Washington Post, 2007.1118

    Eco Homes: For Green Gains, Stick in the Mud — Telegraph, 2007.1117

    Crowd Farm II: Piezoelectricity Potential — Triple Pundit, 2007.1116

    Dubiotech: New Largest Green Building in Dubai — Inhabitat, 2007.1115

    The State of Mayne's New Federal Office Building — Wall Street Journal, 2007.1115

    Incubating the Future — Metropolis, 2007.1114

    Incubating the Future — Metropolis, 2007.1114

    Luxury and Conservation in Africa's Cradle of Humanity — ABC News, 2007.1114

    Clinton Library Earns LEED Platinum — CSR Newswire, 2007.1114

    Schooling Sustainably — Canadian Architect, 2007.1114

    Chicago's Supersize Green Buildings — Cnet, 2007.1113

    Report: Carbon Removal Has Little Impact — New York Times, 2007.1113

    Nanosolar — Planet Save, 2007.1113

    High Price Means a Hard Sell for Hybrid Trucks — ZD Net, 2007.1112

    CBD to Be Greener and Taller — Sydney Morning Herald, 2007.1112

    Portland's Green Leaders Get Rock Star Treatment at Chicago Conference — The Oregonian, 2007.1112

    Eco-Friendly Builders Seek 'Green' Standard — SUN-SENTINEL, 2007.1111

    Using Concrete in Buildings Today to Conserve the Future — Greener Buildings, 2007.1111

    UN Chief Says Global Warming Is 'an Emergency' — ABC News, 2007.1111

    Builders Return to Class for Lessons in ‘Green’ — New York Times, 2007.1111

    Should Citizens’ Juries Judge Eco-Town Designs? — BD, 2007.1109

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