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    PASSIVE HOUSE DIVIDED

    Passive House-certified buildings may take next to nothing to heat. But conflict between the German creators of the Passive House energy performance standard and their U.S. affiliate continues to generate energy months after it spilled into public view.

    The Passivhaus Institut (PHI) of Darmstadt, Germany, severed ties with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) of Urbana, Illinois, in an open letter released on August 17, 2011.

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    HIGH-RISE SUSTAINABILITY

    A high-level assessment of the impact of the urban tower on the natural environment would conclude that low land use and possible higher density are the chief advantages, with high energy usage being the chief disadvantage. Concepts of density and of energy usage are relative, and should be examined by comparing high-rise buildings with their low- or mid-rise alternatives.

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    AIA TOP GREEN BUILDINGS 2011

    The Kubala Washatko Architects faced a real challenge: create a large yet sympathetic addition to a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark. And the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin, wanted this new structure to be very green to boot.   2011.0420

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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    Vision for Affordable Energy Even If Indian Point Nuclear Plant Is Shut Down — New York Times, 2012.0112

    Latest Anchorage Snow Storm: 'Just Another Winter Day' in Alaska — Alaska Dispatch, 2012.0112

    Climate Policy: Deadline 2015 : Nature : Nature Publishing Group — Nature, 2012.0111

    List of Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Makes 2011 the Worst on Record — ENN, 2012.0111

    Must-Read on 2011's Unprecedented Rains and Wet-Dry Extremes, Just What You'd Expect from Global Warming — ThinkProgress, 2012.0111

    On Our Radar: The Nation's Greenhouse Gas Culprits — New York Times (Blog), 2012.0111

    EPA's New Web Tool Reveals Carbon Polluters in Your Backyard — Switchboard, 2012.0111

    Low Carbon Living: Monitoring an Oxford Retrofit — Link2, 2012.0111

    Builders Follow Environmental Approach — Eco-Business, 2012.0109

    Seattle's Bullitt Goes Green with Toilets, Cooling Hat: James S. Russell — Bloomberg, 2012.0109

    Network News Coverage of Climate Change Collapsed in 2011 — ThinkProgress, 2012.0109

    Industry Objects to Green-Gov Standards — FederalTimes, 2012.0107

    Scientists in New Hampshire Ask GOP Candidates to Help Save Maple Syrup — Climate Progress, 2012.0106

    Extreme Heat Waves in Texas and Oklahoma in 2011 and Moscow in 2010 Were 'Caused' by Global Warming — Climate Progress, 2012.0106

    Waste Opportunity — Financial Times, 2012.0106

    Designing Water — Metropolis Magazine, 2012.0106

    Launching Carbon-Cutting and Renewable-Energy Projects in Your Community — Guardian, 2012.0106

    The Energy Code's Deep Freeze — Weekly Alibi, 2012.0105

    The 2011 Climate B.S.* of the Year Awards — Forbes, 2012.0105

    20 Ideas for Job Creation: Keep Focused on Clean Energy — Climate Progress, 2012.0105

    School Garden Offers Lessons for Everyone — National, 2012.0105

    LEED Retrofits Outpace New Construction in 2011 — Mother Nature Network (Blog), 2012.0104

    Reach Out about Climate — Nature, 2012.0104

    A Photographic Blast from the Past — New York Times (Blog), 2012.0104

    Scotland Looks to Build on a Record Year for Renewable Energy — Click Green, 2012.0104

    The New Look of NIMBYism — Daily Climate, 2012.0104

    Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney Are Both Bad News for Climate Change Fight — Guardian, 2012.0104

    How the White House Does Messaging on Issues It Cares about, Unlike, Say, Climate Change — ThinkProgress, 2012.0104

    Military Green Growth Offset by Congress — EarthTechling, 2012.0103

    Why Planting Mangroves Is Good News for Whale Sharks — Wildlife Extra News, 2012.0101

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