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    THE NEED FOR BIRD-FRIENDLY DESIGN

    For many people, birds and nature have intrinsic worth. Birds have been important to humans throughout history, often used to symbolize cultural values such as peace, freedom, and fidelity.

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    WHY EUI? - An Energy Use Intensity Primer

    Energy use intensity (EUI) is one of the most important and useful metrics employed in the design of low energy and net zero energy buildings. EUI is a measure of total annual building energy use, divided by the gross building floor area.

    This can be expressed in terms of site energy or source energy. Common EUI units include kBtu/ft2, kWh/ft2, kWh/m2, and MJ/m2. In the United States, kBtu/ft2 is the EUI unit most commonly used.  (Published 2013.0213)

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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

      (Published 2013.0130)

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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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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    Tallest Timber Apartment Building Opens in Australia — TreeHugger, 2013.0402

    Sustainability in Construction of the Future — AZo Build, 2013.0402

    A Building Not Just Green, but Practically Self-Sustaining — New York Times, 2013.0402

    Elderly Obama & Boehner Daughters Arrive in Time Machine... — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0401

    Cars, Not Condos, Are Toronto‚ÄôS Biggest Threat — Toronto Star, 2013.0401

    The Need for Bird-Friendly Design — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0327

    Will We Kill Off Today's Animals If We Revive Extinct Ones? — Nature (registration required), 2013.0320

    German Research Institute Drops Canadian Tar Sands Project — ENN, 2013.0319

    Why Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design — Green Biz, 2013.0319

    Oil Boom Raises Burning Issues — Nature (registration required), 2013.0319

    If an Oil and Gas Company Wants to Drill in a Forest, Can We Know Their Name? — Climate Progress, 2013.0319

    It's Move It or Lose It in Path of a Nor'easter — New York Times, 2013.0319

    Pixel in Australia — Green Buildings, 2013.0318

    'Passive House' Built in Harwinton, Connecticut — Hartford Courant, 2013.0318

    New Energy in Green Building — Martha's Vineyard Magazine, 2013.0317

    Britain’S Plans for New Nuclear Plant Approach a Decisive Point, 4 Years Late — New York Times, 2013.0316

    BP Appeals Spill Compensation Ruling — New York Times, 2013.0315

    Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change — Bloomberg, 2013.0315

    Seattle Falls to No. 17 on U.S. Energy Efficient Building List — Puget Sound Business Journal, 2013.0314

    How Nature Solves Every Engineering Problem — Business Insider, 2013.0314

    Brooks + Scarpa - Solar High School in Los Angeles — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0313

    Certified 'Enhanced Livability' — Architecture & Design (Australia), 2013.0313

    Can Floating Architecture Save This Nigerian Slum? — Atlantic Cities, 2013.0312

    Going Dutch — Architect's Newspaper, 2013.0312

    Pennsylvania Executes One of the First Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Bundling Transactions — Green Building Law, 2013.0311

    No to Keystone. Yes to Crazy. — New York Times, 2013.0310

    Dream of a Science Pope — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0308

    Can We Please Stop Drawing Trees on Top of Skyscrapers? — Per Square Mile, 2013.0307

    A Passive House, Actively Saving Energy — Washington Post, 2013.0307

    PHIUS CPHCTraining Goes Virtual — Seattle Post Intelligencer, 2013.0307

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