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    GAP HOUSE, LONDON

    Placed improbably between a pair of historical listed buildings, the contemporary facade of Gap House is a mere 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) wide. This new-build four-bedroom family home, winner of the RIBA Manser Medal for residential architecture, was designed by architect Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects for himself and his family.

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    STAYING PUT IN STYLE

    There are over 80 million single-family homes in the United States, and it's estimated that 18 million of these are "under water," meaning the mortgage is larger than the value of the house. Millions of families feel trapped, living a life sentence of domestic frustration in homes that do not work for them while being unable to move to solve the problems they confront on a daily basis.   Published 2012.0215

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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.   Published 2012.0111

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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    Italian Engineer Invents Floating Solar Panels — AFP, 2012.0222

    Fires and Deaths from Deforestation Linked — ENN, 2012.0222

    Superconductor Breaks High-Temperature Record — Nature, 2012.0222

    Recent Trends in Sustainable Building — Environmental Leader, 2012.0222

    The Hidden Tax on Exurban Living — Next American City, 2012.0222

    Water: Supply Chain and Demand — Triple Pundit, 2012.0222

    In France, a Model Sustainable Suburb — Atlantic Cities, 2012.0222

    Green Building Gets Helping Hand — Sydney Morning Herald, 2012.0222

    Smaller, Greener and More High Tech Homes — Times Colonist, 2012.0222

    Biomimicry in Architecture and the Start of the Ecological Age — Wired, 2012.0222

    Barnsley's New Centre for 'Green' Building Techniques — BBC, 2012.0222

    China Solar Silicon Production Curbed 30% to Lift Prices: Energy — Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012.0221

    Records Show Confusion in U.S. At Start of Japan's Atomic Crisis — New York Times, 2012.0221

    The Quiet Clean Mining Revolution — CleanTechies, 2012.0221

    Climate Expert Assumed False Identity to Obtain Documents — PBS, 2012.0221

    The Quest for 'Hydricity' — New York Times, 2012.0221

    Apple Building Mammoth Solar Array in North Carolina, but State's Electricity Among 'Dirtiest' in Country — Time, 2012.0221

    Climate Forecast: Thirsty Americans — OnEarth Magazine, 2012.0220

    Civilisation Faces 'Perfect Storm of Ecological and Social Problems' — Guardian, 2012.0220

    How Can Business Leaders Accept the Challenges of the New Energy Era? — Climate Progress, 2012.0220

    U.S. In Accord with Mexico on Drilling — New York Times, 2012.0220

    Settlement Talks Pick Up Ahead of BP Oil Spill Trial — New York Times, 2012.0220

    Engineers Take Aim at a Barrier in LED Technology — New York Times, 2012.0220

    Designing the Green Roof — Archinect, 2012.0220

    Brad Pitt's Foundation to Help Redevelop Bancroft School — Kansas City Star, 2012.0220

    Ride the Tide of Light Rail, Virginia Beach — Greater Greater Washington, 2012.0220

    Textile Recycling Is Thriving in New York — New York Times (Blog), 2012.0219

    LivingHomes C6 House and the Promise of Affordable Prefab — Los Angeles Times (Blog), 2012.0218

    Texans Rally Against Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Easement — Los Angeles Times, 2012.0217

    Bay Area Climate Change Plans Lack Regional Cooperation — New York Times, 2012.0217

    Phytoplankton Research in Arctic May Help Determine Environmental Accident Impacts — ENN, 2012.0217

    Heartland Institute Faces Fresh Scrutiny over Tax Status — Guardian, 2012.0217

    Journals Warned to Keep a Tight Lid on Diesel Exposure Data — ScienceInsider, 2012.0217

    Divisions Deepen on U.S. Transportation Bills — Reuters, 2012.0217

    Water-Gate: Texas State Report on Dealing with Current and Future Drought Never Mentions Climate Change — ThinkProgress, 2012.0216

    Rainwater Collection Could Save Urban Consumers $90 Million a Year — ThinkProgress (Blog), 2012.0216

    Smoke and Mirrors in the Climate Debate — Spiegel Online, 2012.0216

    North Shore House Receives LEED Platinum Certification — Crain's Chicago Business, 2012.0216

    In Heartland Institute Leak, a Plan to Discredit Climate Teaching — New York Times, 2012.0215

    Phoenix Rising: Can "the World's Least Sustainable City" Go Green? — ThinkProgress (Blog), 2012.0215

    Power for the People: Overcoming Barriers to Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Families — ThinkProgress (Blog), 2012.0215

    Half of UK Households 'Could Face Water Restrictions by April' — Guardian, 2012.0215

    U.S Solar Installations Rise 67% in Q4 2011 Due to Price Drops, Expiring Incentives — ThinkProgress, 2012.0215

    Keystone XL: Five Stories the Media Have Missed — Climate Progress, 2012.0215

    Heartland Documents Reveal Fringe Denial Group Plans to Pursue Koch Money, Dupe Children and Ruin Their Future — ThinkProgress, 2012.0214

    With Climate Change, Today's '100-Year Floods' May Happen Every Three to 20 Years: Research — Physorg, 2012.0213

    USGBC LEED Public Comment Period Open — USGBC, 2012.0213

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