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Green Roof Systems : A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Building Over Structure
Author: Susan Weiler, Katrin Scholz-Barth
Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $60.00
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Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time
Author: David R. Johnston and Kim Master
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— This is a comprehensive guide to home remodeling in a healthy, environmentally friendly way. Green remodeling is more energy-efficient, more resource-conserving, and healthier for occupants, and it creates buildings that are more affordable to build, operate, and maintain. The book — for homeowners, architects, and remodeling contractors — focuses on key aspects of the building, including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, heating, and finishes.

Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods
Author: Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams, editors
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $47.93
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive guide to traditional natural materials, adapted to meet code-required standards for health and safety in contemporary buildings. Not only are they relatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly, but, when used correctly, these natural alternatives match the strength and durability of many mainstream construction materials. Technologies include straw-bale, light-clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pisé, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo, and hybrid systems.

High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide
Author: Deane Evans
Publisher: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This guidebook describes the characteristics and benefits of high-performance school buildings and details the process to help school planners ask the right questions of their design professionals to ensure the best school design possible within their budget.

The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection
Author: Jason F. McLennan
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing Company
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— This practical guide uses humor to teach architects and other design and construction professionals about glazing characteristics and options and about sustainable design issues relating to green architecture.

Energy Simulation in Building Design
Author: J. A. Clarke
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $63.85
ArchitectureWeek— The theory and practical applications of energy simulation in building design. New edition includes combined thermal/lighting and CFD simulation, advanced glazings, indoor air quality, and photovoltaic components.

Design for Ecological Democracy
Author: Randolph T. Hester
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $26.95
ArchitectureWeek— Randolph Hester proposes a remedy for our urban anomie. He outlines new principles for urban design that will allow us to forge connections with our fellow citizens and our natural environment. He demonstrates these principles with abundantly illustrated examples - drawn from forty years of design and planning practice - showing how we can design cities that are ecologically resilient, that enhance community, and that give us pleasure. Design for Ecological Democracy shows how to combine the forces of ecological science and participatory democracy to design urban landscapes that enable us to act as communities and are resilient rather than imperiled.

Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry
Author: Travis Bradford
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $18.49
ArchitectureWeek— An innovative analysis that shows how the shift to solar energy - in particular, the use of photovoltaic cells - is both economically advantageous and inevitable, and will rival the information and communication technologies revolution in its transformative effects.

Solar Design: Photovoltaics for Old Buildings, Urban Space, Landscapes
Author: Ingrid Hermannsdorfer and Christine Rub, editors
Publisher: Jovis Press
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— Solar Design features case studies of more than 30 realized projects, demonstrating how photovoltaic systems can be consciously and discriminatingly installed as structural design elements, and creatively ntegrated into historic buildings, monuments and existing urban landscapes. A survey of relevant technologies proves them increasingly compact and flexible. The authors bring us essential inspiration for architects and authorities interested in using this environmentally friendly technology in creative new ways. Their work will be of equal interest to environmentally conscious design buffs and design-conscious environmentalists.

Ecological Architecture - A Critical History
Author: James Steele
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $37.12
ArchitectureWeek— After an introduction to the terminology of ecological architecture — including terms such as "green" and "sustainable." Part one identifies recurring themes in ecological architecture. Part two features 25 case studies each focusing on a specific architect, movement or topic. Some of the architects included are Rasem Badran, Hassan Fathy, Le Corbusier, Buckminster Fuller and Rudolf Schindler. Part three looks to the future as ecological architecture struggles to deal with global urbanization.

Design Out Crime: Creating Safe and Sustainable Communities
Author: Ian Colquhoun
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $45.24
ArchitectureWeek— A practical guide for the design of communities and housing in which people can enjoy a good quality of life, free from crime and fear of crime. It shows how, through integrating simple crime prevention principles in the design process, it is possible, almost without notice, to make residential environments much safer.

Planning and Design Strategies for Sustainability and Profit
Author: Adrian Pitts
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This guide demonstrates the benefits of sustainable design, emphasizing its development as an economically viable and profitable option. It details the issues and provides a range of potential solutions and techniques that can be applied by architects and urban designers.

Innovation in Sustainable Housing: Tango
Author: Michael Webb
Publisher: Edizioni Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Moore Ruble Yudell partnered with the Swedish firm FFNS Arkitekter AB to design a housing project, dubbed Tango, as their contribution to the 2001 housing exposition in Malmo, Sweden. In his essay, Michael Webb traces the development of the award-winning project, the genesis of its design, and its emergence as a prototype for sustainable living of the future.

Ecohouse2: A Design Guide
Author: Sue Roaf, Stephanie Thomas, and Manuel Fuentes
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A how-to design guide for low-energy, environmentally friendly buildings, with notes on building design in a warming world and advice for taking the first step toward the zero-carbon emission buildings of tomorrow.

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature
Author: Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner
Publisher: Lark Books
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $16.47
ArchitectureWeek— This lavishly photographed guide focuses on remodeling rather than building from scratch, as a better way to “go green.” The natural way of renovating means being in touch with the earth, from “easy fixes” such as adding plants for extra shade or trimming back those that block the sun, to more advanced projects, such as building a solar water-heating system.

The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City
Author: Patrick Blanc
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Year: 2008
Amazon Price: $37.80
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Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning
Author: Daniel E. Williams
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $57.03
ArchitectureWeek— This book is a practical, comprehensive guide to design and planning of a built environment compatible with the region's economic, social, and ecological patterns. The author challenges professionals to see their projects not as objects but as critical, connected pieces of the whole, essential to human health as well as to regional economy and ecology.

Strawbale Home Plans
Author: Wayne Bingham and Colleen Smith
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $16.49
ArchitectureWeek— Strawbale houses and buildings are beautiful and personal works of art constructed by hand. The idea of building with strawbale is appealing to many because of its energy efficiency, insulating qualities, and organic nature. This handbook offers practical advice on how to build with this alternative material. It features 31 single-level country houses, cottages, and studios, and community buildings. It describes the homeowners' building experiences and the special features of each structure.

Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design
Author: Kira Gould and Lance Hosey
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $21.33
ArchitectureWeek— Studies show that women are more likely than men to support environmental causes through voting, activism and consumer choices. Is this also true of architectural design? This book suggests sustainable design has particular appeal for women, who may have special gifts to offer the field. The authors argue that women may be changing the way all architects view their work.

The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design
Author: Alison Kwok, Walter Grondzik
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $53.62
ArchitectureWeek— A practical guide for architects and students about techniques for applying environmental strategies during the schematic design of green buildings. For each strategy, the book provides: brief descriptions of principles and concepts, step-by-step approaches for integrating technologies into the early stages of design, annotated tables and charts to assist with preliminary design sizing, key issues to be aware of when implementing a given strategy, and references to the most recent international standards and rating systems, guidelines, and Internet resources.

Sustainability at the Cutting Edge, Second Edition: Emerging Technologies for low energy buildings
Author: Peter Smith
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $47.20
ArchitectureWeek— Buildings are a major part of the carbon emissions problem. This book shows how they can become part of the solution. It covers current best practices, case studies, and new technologies to transform the relationship between buildings and energy. The author shows how buildings can be made to significantly reduce their reliance on fossil-based energy by the use of solar and geothermal resources.

Extreme Sites: The 'Greening' of Brownfields
Author: Deborah Gans and Claire Weisz, editors
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $54.26
ArchitectureWeek— How should urban and post-industrial sites (brownfields) best be rehabilitated to balance ecological and human needs? The book examines the conflict between the demands of ecology and development when reclaiming such sites for redevelopment, bringing together multiple viewpoints from different disciplines.

Ecological Architecture: A Critical History
Author: James Steele
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $37.12
ArchitectureWeek— Ecological Architecture charts the rise of this new consciousness, assessing the situation now, and identifying future directions. A decisive step in the rewriting of the history of modern architecture, this book will be essential reading for practitioners and students of architecture. As an urgent wake-up call concerning the state of our built environment, it will be of interest to everyone who cares about the future of our planet.

Sustainable Residential Interiors
Author: Associates III (Kari Foster, Annette Stelmack, ASID, and Debbie Hindman)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $53.25
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to "green" design strategies for residential interiors, covering topics such as indoor air quality, low-impact materials, conserving energy and water, and support of construction teams in reducing waste. The book takes readers through an integrated design process, showing how sustainable principles and practices can be applied on virtually every level of interior design.

Sustainable Commercial Interiors
Author: Penny Bonda and Katie Sosnowchik
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $56.73
ArchitectureWeek— An introduction to and exploration of the vast field of sustainable design as it relates to spaces where the workforce relies on interior environments to make them safe and productive. The authors apply concepts of environmental responsibility and use the LEED Green Building Rating System to sort the design process into five areas of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy, materials, and indoor environmental quality.

Design on the Edge: The Making of a High-Performance Building
Author: David W. Orr
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $35.00
ArchitectureWeek— Design on the Edge tells the story of the building of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College in the context of ecological design, institutional learning, and the green campus movement.

Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties
Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $29.10
ArchitectureWeek— An examination of how to reconcile the modern world's unceasing demand for energy with the absolute necessity to preserve the integrity of the biosphere. The fundamental message is that our dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced, not because of any imminent resource shortages, but because their burning damages the biosphere and because reliance on more expensive supplies and Middle Eastern crude oil causes economic and security problems.

Ecologic: Creating a Sustainable Future
Author: Sara McEwen
Publisher: Powerhouse Publishing
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Ecologic: Creating a Sustainable Future expands on the exhibition of the same name that was staged by The Powerhouse Museum in Australia. EcoLogic focuses on what we can do for the future of the planet and it demonstrates how smart ideas and environmental design can make a difference. Find out why a sustainable lifestyle is good for your health and your wallet.

Green by Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living
Author: Angela Dean
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $16.47
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The Building Environment: Active and Passive Control Systems
Author: Vaughn Bradshaw
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $79.73
ArchitectureWeek— Architects were once charged with designing entire buildings — including the HVAC, lighting, and power systems — before complexity drove some of this work to engineers. This book provides architecture students with a conceptual understanding of how various systems interact and how to effectively communicate with consultants. This new edition covers designs that minimize dependence on nonrenewable fuels and optimize indoor air quality.

Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification
Author: Ross Spiegel and Dru Meadows
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $72.49
ArchitectureWeek— A hands-on guide to designing environmentally friendly buildings — those made from materials that preserve the earth's natural legacy for future generations — contains practical information on green product selection, specification, and construction. It explains what green building materials are, where to find them, and how to use them effectively. This edition includes updated information on LEED requirements and how to integrate them into the specifications process and new sections on commissioning and on construction waste management.

The Ecological Engineer, Volume One: KEEN Engineering
Author: David R. Macaulay and Jason F. McLennan
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $42.95
ArchitectureWeek— A celebration of the innovative work of KEEN Engineering, describing the practices and principles they use to produce functionally outstanding structures, systems, and technologies in a way that embraces the emerging philosophy of sustainable design.

The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design
Author: Sandra Mendler, William Odell, and Mary Ann Lazarus
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $61.59
ArchitectureWeek— The second edition of this guidebook is a practical reference on sustainable, high performance design, covering project process, cost implications, case studies, checklists, glossary, and lessons learned from HOK's own projects. The book covers design strategies related to site planning and design, energy and water conservation, materials selection and specification, and interior environmental quality.

Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls
Author: Noel Kingsbury and Nigel Dennett
Publisher: Timber Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The latest on roof and wall greening techniques for the benefits of reducing pollution and run-off, insulating against heat and cold, and reducing the maintenance needs of buildings. Practical construction techniques and planting choices aid gardeners, architects, environmentalists, and home maintenance enthusiasts.

Agora Borealis: Engaging in Sustainable Architecture
Author: Vivian Manasc and Cheryl Mahaffy
Publisher: Partners in Design Books
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $30.36
ArchitectureWeek— A lively, "multimedia" book about sustainable architecture, with case studies and stories about the teams behind them.

Energy Efficient Buildings: Architecture, Engineering, and Environment
Author: Dean Hawkes and Wayne Forster
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $75.00
ArchitectureWeek— An examination of the evolving relationship between architecture and engineering via critical studies of outstanding recent buildings -- both attractive and energy efficient -- from around the world.

Daylighting Performance and Design
Author: Gregg D. Ander
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $91.91
ArchitectureWeek— A practical guide to the theory, calculations, strategies, materials, technology, design, and construction of daylighting in buildings.

The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design
Author: Sandra F. Mendler and William Odell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— A handbook on design that minimizes the negative effects of building on the environment, told through 24 case studies from the large architectural and engineering design firm, HOK.

Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimating
Author: Andrea Keenan and Danielle Georges, editors
Publisher: RS Means Company
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A practical guide for constructing sustainable buildings, with cost data for green materials, components, and systems; special project requirements; and financial analysis and incentives.

CEPHEUS: Living Comfort without Heating
Author: Helmut Krapmeier and Eckart Drossler
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Exemplary examples of low-cost, passively heated buildings, made comfortable without heating or air-conditioning. Sponsored by CEPHEUS, a European consortium of experts dedicated to passive house standards.

Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design
Author: Ken Yeang
Publisher: Wiley Academy Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $130.00
ArchitectureWeek— Saving the environment from continued devastation by our built environment is the single most important issue for our future, and Ken Yeang shows how it can be done. He argues for adopting the environmentalist’s view of a building as an assembly of materials, transported over long distances, concentrated in a single locality, with a footprint that affects that locality’s ecology. This detailed manual offers clear instructions on how to design, build, and use a sustainable, eco-sensitive architecture.

Taking Shape: A New Contract Between Architecture and Nature
Author: Susannah Hagan
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— Demonstrates the capacity of, and necessity for, environmental architecture to be as innovative intellectually and aesthetically as it is technically.

Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight
Author: John S. Reynolds
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $76.00
ArchitectureWeek— A multifaceted and beautifully illustrated look at courtyards, from their origins and history to thermal design benefits and planting guidelines.

Housing Ourselves: Creating Affordable, Sustainable Shelter
Author: Richard Burnham
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 1998
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ArchitectureWeek— With examples from around the world, this book offers a practical approach to building environmentally senstive housing by encouraging people to build it themselves.

My Office Is Killing Me! The Sick Building Survival Guide
Author: Jeffrey C. May
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $47.00
ArchitectureWeek— The indoor air quality in public buildings may be polluted by bacteria and mold lurking in carpets or the HVAC system or by chemical vapors emitted by office furniture . When inhaled, these substances can cause headaches, eye irritation, or allergy and asthma symptoms. Here, blending his experience as building scientist, microscopist, and organic chemist, the author offers a step-by-step approach to identifying, controlling, and often eliminating the sources of indoor air pollutants and allergens.

Ten Shades of Green: Architecture and the Natural World
Author: Peter Buchanan
Publisher: The Architectural League of New York
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Documentation of ten buildings that illustrate how environmental responsibility promises to reinvigorate contemporary architecture. The author argues that sustainability is not just good for the planet but offers architects new opportunities for creativity and innovation. Through a range of building types, he demonstrates that increased awareness of a building's setting combined with advances in technology create unlimited opportunities for responsive design.

Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection
Author: Stephen R. Kellert
Publisher: Island Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $31.14
ArchitectureWeek— Despite great strides in recent years, sustainable design still falls short of integrating nature into the built environment. The author's paradigm of "restorative environmental design" proposes a new architectural model of sustainability. He explains how architects and designers can use simple methods to address our innate need for contact with nature through natural lighting, ventilation, and materials, as well as through the use of metaphor, perspective, enticement, and symbols.

The Green House: New Directions In Sustainable Architecture
Author: Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— A critical survey of sustainable residential design from the arid deserts of Tucson, Arizona to the icy forests of Poori, Finland, to the tropical beaches of New South Wales, Australia to the urban jungle of downtown Manhattan. Projects by greater and lesser known architects are presented with large color photos, plans, drawings, and a description of their environmental features.

The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift
Author: Andres R. Edwards
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $11.87
ArchitectureWeek— The book analyzes sustainability in terms of the principles and declarations and intentions that have emerged from conferences and publications, and which serve as guidelines for policy decisions and future activities. Common themes are an emphasis on stewardship, an understanding and respect for the principles of nature, restoration of life forms, and the need for economic restructuring — promoting no waste and equitable distribution.

In Search Of Natural Architecture
Author: David Pearson
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $27.37
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated study by eco-architect David Pearson arguing that a rediscovery of ancient wisdom can inspire a spiritual reawakening in holistic, healing architecture. He shows that environmentally clean and spiritually healthy buildings from around the world can inspire organic designs for contemporary structures from farmhouses to department stores.

Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery
Author: Charles J. Kibert
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— An introduction to the design and construction of high-performance commercial and institutional buildings, focusing on the ecological and economic benefits of green building. The author uses the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) suite of standards to explain the best practices in building procurement and delivery systems, from materials selection to considering the use of natural systems for wastewater processing. Written for design professionals, building owners, and real estate developers.

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
Author: Jason F. McLennan
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing Company LLC
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $21.56
ArchitectureWeek— An outline of the major issues that have emerged in the growing movement of "green" architecture. Part "how-to" and part manifesto, the book lays the philosophical basis for more technical study.

Aesthetics of Ecology: Art in Environmental Design: Theory and Practice
Author: Heike Strelow and Vera David, editors
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $36.46
ArchitectureWeek— Seventeen authors discuss ecological and artistic approaches to designing our environment: whether to conserve or to intervene, to rely on natural order or apply human-made means, and whether to lend nature a romantic or a technocratic appearance.

Introduction to Architectural Science: The Basis of Sustainable Design
Author: Steven Szokolay
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A reference for the physical basis of architectural design as the basis of sustainable, bioclimatic design. An outline is provided for creating the required indoor conditions with little or no use of energy, other than from renewable sources.

Green Architecture
Author: James Wines
Publisher: Taschen
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— What makes a building "green"? This covers the many concepts of ecological architecture and argues for a design that reconciles humans and nature through aesthetics.

 

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