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    POSTCARD FROM FRANKFURT

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    The Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency isn't just for houses. This we learned in Germany recently, on a fascinating tour of green building and design there, organized by the Ecologic Institute environmental think tank with funding from the German government.

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    HEADING FOR NET-ZERO

    Some projects come along at pivotal moments. Such was the case for the Rose House in Portland, Oregon, a compact home that served as a laboratory for energy-efficient residential design in 2004, and ended up setting the bar as the first house in the state designed to achieve zero net energy use.

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    GSA'S GREEN OFFICE BUILDINGS

    Kevin Kampschroer was recently named the permanent director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Here's some of his perspective on green building, as shared with Congress in testimony on converting federal buildings across the country into higher-performing, more-efficient green buildings. — Editor

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    Eco-Friendly Buildings Are Cost-Effective — Las Vegas Sun, 2010.0430

    Postcard from Frankfurt — ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0428

    I Wish AIA Didn't Define 'Green' so Narrowly — Opinion at NRDC, 2010.0428

    Cherished Parks Closing in Arizona — New York Times, 2010.0428

    Quiet Progress on Senate Climate Bill — New York Times, 2010.0428

    Oil Spill Endangers Fragile Marshland — Nature, 2010.0428

    E.P.A. Makes Its Case on Climate Change — New York Times, 2010.0427

    Tinkering to Avert Disaster — New York Times, 2010.0427

    Climate Bill Delayed -- Again -- as Sen. Graham Drops Support — Campus Progress, 2010.0427

    Questions Fly over Ash-Cloud Models — Nature, 2010.0427

    Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti — Earth 911, 2010.0426

    Who Will Build the First Offshore Wind Farm in North America? — New York Times, 2010.0426

    Venice's Green Cube — Los Angeles Times, 2010.0424

    A Blend of Old and New — Vancouver Sun, 2010.0424

    The Architect's Role in a Warming World: Learning from Jamie Lerner — World Changing (blog), 2010.0423

    Four New Jersey Cities to Clean Up Contaminated Sites — ENN, 2010.0423

    Engineers Say Eco-Friendly Buildings Should "Talk" to Each to Other. — Medill, 2010.0422

    Guardian's Climate Debate Shows Green Politics Has Grown Up — Guardian Unlimited, 2010.0422

    Germany Showcases Solar Energy Home of the Future — Christian Science Monitor, 2010.0422

    Art Institute's Modern Wing Wins Green LEED Certification — Examiner, 2010.0422

    What Country Is the Best at Protecting the Environment? — Live Science, 2010.0421

    Is LEED in the Saudi Desert Really "Green"? — Business Week, 2010.0421

    Living at Net-Zero — ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0421

    The Last Resort: A Solar Powered Floating Home — Inhabitat (blog), 2010.0421

    Rhinophoto V2.0 Released — Rhino Press Release, 2010.0420

    House Down, Parts Reused — The Republican, 2010.0420

    Renewable, Reusable and Sustainable — Construction Week Online, 2010.0420

    Net-Zero Energy Home in Pittsburgh — Mother Nature Network, 2010.0419

    Berkshire Dwellings Opens Doors to Green Living — iBerkshires.com, 2010.0419

    DOE, NASA Buildings to Use ‘Net Zero' Energy — Federal Times, 2010.0418

    Unarrested Development — Nature, 2010.0417

    The Difficulty of Balancing Earth's 'Energy Budget' — New York Times, 2010.0416

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