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    FOUNDATIONS OF PASSIVE HOUSE

    As we discussed in a recent article, most buildings in 2050 — less than forty years from now — will likely have to get by with perhaps 10% of the carbon footprint common in the U.S. today. We know of exactly one established building standard that's been demonstrated to produce 2050-ready homes, today. And, harsh though it might sound, anything built today that is significantly less efficient than the roughly 90% energy savings achieved by Passivhaus, seems designed to be obsolete. —The Editors

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    2013 - YEAR OF CLIMATE DECISION

    Either by action, or by inaction, it's most likely that the climate decision will be made this year.

    The decision, simply put, is whether to step aside from business-as-usual, and fully mobilize, or to generally continue business as usual, and condem humanity to a thousand years of torture.

      (Published 2013.0109)

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    WHAT'S UP WITH U.S. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS?

    A person — or a public figure, member of the media, maybe even an international climate negotiator — could be confused.

    In August, 2012, the Associated Press reported:

      (Published 2012.1205)

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    THE CORRUPTION OF WOOD

    Trees are fundamental to urban landscapes and natural ecosystems. Wood from trees is a fundamental material for architecture.

    The tension between wood in living trees, and wood in buildings and other products, is arguably at an all-time-high on planet Earth.

      (Published 2012.1024)

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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    Because Green Goes with Everything — New York Times, 2013.0203

    ZGF in Seattle, Washington — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0131

    Foundations of Passive House — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0130

    Dirty Blizzard Buried Deepwater Horizon Oil — Nature (registration required), 2013.0128

    Minor Oil Spills Are Often Bigger Than Reported — Nature (registration required), 2013.0128

    High-Flying Bacteria Spark Interest in Possible Climate Effects — Nature (registration required), 2013.0128

    Green Thumbs Up for Roof-Top Design — Hartford Business Journal, 2013.0128

    Make Climate Change a Priority — Washington Post, 2013.0124

    UCSF Mission Bay: A San Francisco Success Story — UCSF News Center, 2013.0123

    Sellafield Clean-Up Cost Reaches 67.5bn GBP, Says Report — BBC News, 2013.0122

    Opal Report Marks Landmark in UK Citizen Science — BBC News, 2013.0122

    Greenland Defied Ancient Warming — Nature (registration required), 2013.0116

    Fukushima: Fallout of Fear — Nature (registration required), 2013.0116

    Zero Energy Buildings - to Retrofit or Start Fresh? — Architecture Source (Australia), 2013.0115

    Architects Sought for Hampshire Eco-Town — BD (registration required), 2013.0115

    Le Corbusier's Ecology — ArtInfo, 2013.0114

    Edible Edifice: Building the Offices of Tomorrow — BBC News, 2013.0114

    Portland's Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building — Architect's Newspaper, 2013.0111

    Tough Talk over Mercury Treaty — Nature (registration required), 2013.0109

    2013 - Year of Climate Decision — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0109

    Oil Sands Leave Toxic Traces — Nature (registration required), 2013.0107

    Not-so-Freeway — Architect's Newspaper, 2013.0107

    Will Biomimicry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy? — New York Times, 2013.0104

    Climate Change & the Built Environment — Architect's Newspaper, 2013.0104

    Chicago Food Oasis — Architect's Newspaper, 2013.0103

    A Kinetic Canopy for Filtering the Sun's Rays — Fast Company, 2012.1217

    Importance of Sustainable Infrastructure to Solve Cities' Problems. — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.1217

    Transparency in Building Green — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.1212

    Net Zero Schools in Kentucky — Forbes, 2012.1210

    Hydro Duplex Self-Sufficient Residential Structure Accommodates a Hydroponic Garden — EcoChunk, 2012.1210

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