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    ENVIRONMENT THIS WEEK

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    GREEN HOUSE IN GEORGIA

    In the American South, a region that tends to laud its heritage, modern can be a hard sell. A residential client often hears neighborhood fears that a new modern dwelling will look "chilly" and won't fit in.

    RainShine House by architect Robert M. Cain answers those concerns. Built near downtown Decatur, Georgia, part of metro Atlanta, the LEED Platinum-certified home is bright, welcoming, treads lightly on its site, and respects its neighbors.

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    FSC VERSUS SFI

    When the Forest Stewardship Council rolled out the world's first "green" wood certification label in 1993, the organization quickly rallied big-box retailers like Home Depot to the cause. The largest do-it-yourself home improvement chain in the United States became a founding member of the FSC and publicly announced that it would soon ensure all of its products came from certified sources.

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    POSTCARD FROM MAPLE GROVE

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    Inside and outside, this building comes across initially as nice, but seemingly a bit buttoned down, handsome yet perhaps a bit conventional in affect.

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    MAKING BUILDINGS GOOD

    The days of making the business case for sustainable design, or even explaining what LEED means and why it is important, have passed. Today's green building challenges have moved to more complicated areas of policy — permitting and politics — and the motivating sense of competition to be "the greenest."

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    More Environment

    The Nauhaus: Out to Save the World — World Changing (blog), 2009.0910

    Overrated Ratings — Nature, 2009.0910

    Green House in Georgia — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0909

    Google Plans New Mirror for Cheaper Solar Power — Reuters, 2009.0909

    Winners of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classrooms — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.0909

    Cap and Trade in Senate Limbo as Obama Makes All-Out Push on Health Care — New York Times, 2009.0909

    Woman's Straw Bale House Withstands the Bluster of Critics — WBFO, 2009.0909

    Homeless Shelter Receives LEED Certification — Loudon Times-Mirror, 2009.0908

    A Turning Point for Green-Energy Stimulus Projects? — NPR, 2009.0908

    Green Buildings Standard Seen as Flawed — San Francisco Chronicle, 2009.0908

    Florida State University's "Green" House Is Energy Efficient, Environmentally Friendly — St. Petersburg Times, 2009.0908

    Bechtel to Build Solar Energy Plant in California — New York Times, 2009.0908

    Schools Going Green Big-Time — Baltimore Sun, 2009.0907

    Panels of Light Fascinate Designers — New York Times, 2009.0907

    France Mulls CO2 Taxes on Citizens — New York Times, 2009.0907

    St. Louis School Embraces Eco-Friendly Design — News-Leader, 2009.0906

    Climate Change: Melting Ice Will Trigger Wave of Natural Disasters — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.0906

    Investors Working to 'Green' Houses — Arizona Republic, 2009.0906

    Germany's First Eco-City — Sun Daily, 2009.0905

    Eco Pods Create Level 5 Social Housing — Green Building Press, 2009.0904

    What's a Green Roof? — Examiner, 2009.0904

    LEED Seeks to Beef Up Its Credentials — New York Times, 2009.0904

    How Green Building Can Save the Housing Industry — Green Right Now, 2009.0904

    Out of the Woods: Hopkins’ Green Learning Machine — BD, 2009.0904

    Green Roofs "Fluff" for Many Architects — A&D, 2009.0904

    A Skeptic Finds Faith in Geoengineering — New York Times, 2009.0903

    Emissions Linked to End of 2,000-Year Arctic Trend — Washington Post, 2009.0903

    Global Warming Could Forestall Ice Age — New York Times, 2009.0903

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Pipeline Project — New York Times, 2009.0903

    Solar Power, Mobile Phones Converge to Distribute Water in Kenya — New York Times, 2009.0903

    Labels, Consumers and Efficient TVs — New York Times, 2009.0903

    Energy Company Calls Halt to Drilling Project — New York Times, 2009.0902

    Former Power Plant to Save Power as LEED School — CSE Live, 2009.0902

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