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    HOW COOL IS UFAD?

    Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) is a method of air conditioning the space by supplying the air from the floor, using natural buoyancy forces to lift it to the ceiling, as opposed to the conventional systems, which supply air from the ceiling down to the occupants, working against the natural forces of buoyancy.

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    ART WATTS

    In harnessing solar energy, the usual approach is to bolt an array of panels onto the roof of a building and plug it in. But recent advances such as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) allow designers to incorporate solar cells seamlessly into a building's exterior.

    Canadian glass artist Sarah Hall is taking this idea in a novel direction by using solar technology to create a striking contemporary version of stained glass that illuminates the aesthetic potential of PV.   (Published 2012.0606)

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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    London's Passion for Shipping Container Architecture Continues — DesignBuild Source (Australia), 2012.0802

    Smart Cars, Smart Phones, Now Smart Architecture? — DesignBuild Source (Australia), 2012.0802

    A Glimpse of the Alternative Fuel Future — New York Times, 2012.0801

    The Great Disposal Service: Can It Last? — New York Times, 2012.0801

    Seeing Green — Housing Finance, 2012.0801

    Everyday Sustainability — Metropolis, 2012.0801

    Touring Cobo Center's 2.4 Million Square Feet of Energy Efficiency — Model D Media, 2012.0731

    The Public Sector Pioneers the Case for Green Building — Triple Pundit, 2012.0731

    Considerations for Retrofits and New Building Design — EcoSeed, 2012.0731

    Malaysian Construction Projects Going Green — The Star, 2012.0731

    LEED-Certified Space Tops 2 Billion Square Feet — Mother Nature Network, 2012.0730

    Greening the London Olympics — New York Times, 2012.0730

    A Growing Fire Threat in the Eastern U.S. — Climate Progress, 2012.0730

    Green-Certified Homes Get 9% Higher Sales Price in California — Climate Progress, 2012.0729

    Drillers in Utah Have a Friend in a U.S. Land Agency — New York Times, 2012.0729

    New Discovery of How Carbon Is Stored in the Southern Ocean — British Antarctic Survey, 2012.0729

    Upside-Down, Energy-Efficient Home a Self-Designed Gem — Edmonton Journal, 2012.0728

    An Eco-Friendly House in the City — Economic Times, 2012.0728

    A Climate and Energy Stalemate — New York Times, 2012.0727

    Rock Drilling 'Threatens' Scotland's Geology — BBC News, 2012.0727

    Drought Tightens Its Grip on High Plains, Central States — Climate Progress, 2012.0727

    Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling — New York Times, 2012.0727

    Modular Building Could Lead the Way in China's Commercial Construction — Guardian Unlimited, 2012.0726

    New Climate Rules for Cars Will Save Billions — EurActiv, 2012.0726

    United Nations Hails Green Credentials of London's Olympic Games — Click Green, 2012.0726

    Algeria Solicits Bids for Wind and Solar Plants — Green Prophet, 2012.0726

    Storms May Speed Ozone Loss Above the United States — Nature (registration required), 2012.0726

    Protected Tropical Forests' Biodiversity 'Declining' — BBC News, 2012.0725

    Drought Devastates US Crops — Nature (registration required), 2012.0725

    Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2012.0724

    Global Warming's Terrifying New Math — Rolling Stone, 2012.0723

    NREL Helps Cut Building Energy Use in Half — Climate Progress, 2012.0722

    Even after Installing Extra Insulation, the FHFA Proposed Rule on PACE Leaves Homeowners Out in the Cold — Green Building Law Blog, 2012.0720

    Sam Hagerman, President, Passive House Alliance U.S. — Smart Planet, 2012.0719

    Decision in BIA V. Washington Does Not Clarify When Energy Efficient Codes Are Preempted by Federal Law — Green Building Law Blog, 2012.0713

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