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Green Building

January 7, 2012, 7am PST
Affordable housing advocates find that green building techniques result in higher-quality construction -- and often with costs comparable to traditional building techniques.
Shelterforce
October 21, 2011, 5am PDT
Under the "living building" pilot program, a handful of developments get to bypass the usual zoning for sticking to some of the most stringent building standards in the world. But one developer wants an additional 10 feet of height for it.
The Seattle Times
October 1, 2011, 9am PDT
Ecopolis Plaza is a former industrial site that has become an inventive children's park, located roughly 12 miles from the center of Madrid. Nicole Jewell checks it out.
Buildipedia
September 2, 2011, 1pm PDT
In a bold move to secure its place as the bastion of sustainability, Seattle sets out to build a series of the "greenest commercial building on earth."
The Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2011, 11am PDT
Developers in Frederick, ND are aiming to build "green" homes that middle income buyers can afford. The homes are sporting features such as, solar panels, geothermal heating and high-tech computer systems that are typically found in high end homes.
The Washington Post
July 25, 2011, 9am PDT
An exhibit in Paris presents elaborate, lush visions of "La Ville Fertile", or "The Fertile City."
Design Observer
June 29, 2011, 11am PDT
The Los Angeles Times calls the Leipert-Pasker residence "the greenest house in L.A." In fact, the only thing that isn't green about this three-story home is its color.
The Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2011, 1pm PDT
New studies are proving that replacing already built buildings with new, energy-efficient ones is not good environmental sense.
Miller-McCune
June 7, 2011, 11am PDT
The project converted a nine-acre parking lot into an ambitious urbanist community, which revitalized a nearby natural water channel, added high density housing, retail, and integrated a walkable design.
Grist
May 29, 2011, 7am PDT
The Natural Resources Defense Council has prepared a 44-page 'Citizen's Guide' to the green building principles contained in the LEED-Neighborhood Development rating system for the layperson and organizations to apply in their own neighborhoods.
The Atlantic
May 23, 2011, 11am PDT
Climate scientists have warned Chicago's planners that the City will be significantly warmer and wetter by the end of theentury. And from street trees to building standards, that message is infiltrating Chicago's planning and design.
A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast
April 24, 2011, 1pm PDT
The 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition turned up some unusual and futuristic designs for future skyscrapers and other structures, from a reimagined Hoover Dam to a Ferris Wheel-shaped wind turbine.
Popular Science
March 29, 2011, 2pm PDT
Sustainable design and historic preservation design have sometimes been at odds. But a group of experts says these two goals can work together to improve building sustainability.
Sustainable Cities Collective
March 18, 2011, 2pm PDT
It's official, says the EPA: Living in a TOD reduces greenhouse gas emissions more than living in a green, single family home and driving a Prius. The study places major emphasis on local land use decisions in an effort to fight climate change.
New Urban Network
February 5, 2011, 9am PST
The Vauban District in southern Germany is a small community built around a green transportation scheme, but it has become much more: a model of cooperative decision-making, sustainability and eco-planning.
The Cereplast Blog
December 28, 2010, 2pm PST
A new free online tool, developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology for the US Green Building Council, adds the effect of transportation and indirect emissions to the sustainable building equation.
Chicago Tribune
December 28, 2010, 7am PST
The federal government set aside $5.5 billion in stimulus funding to retrofit its huge fleet of buildings. $4.5 billion is to be spent on green building projects, some of which have already been launched.
National Geographic
November 12, 2010, 1pm PST
Chicago is trying to position itself as one of the greenest cities in America, but longheld plans to upgrade the city's overburdened stormwater system highlight how far it has to go.
Green Source
November 8, 2010, 7am PST
Peter Mithin asks if government should lead be creating and enforcing green building standards, or leading by example instead?
GreenSpace
September 16, 2010, 12pm PDT
A new study says that improved environmental quality in office building leads to reductions in "work hours affected by asthma, respiratory allergies, depression, and stress."
GOOD Magazine