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Green Real Estate
Published by Forbes (original article)

New technology isn’t necessary to make buildings consume less energy: the American Institute of Architects has highlighted 10 buildings it considers the best of the breed in green design. "They use smart design, rather than expensive technology, to achieve their green goals. This is really becoming mainstream," says Henry Siegel, vice chair of the AIA's environmental committee. "To do a lot of these things correctly at the design process doesn’t cost anything."

More low-income housing being built green
Published 5 May 2007 by Seattle Post-Intelligencer (original article)

Local governments and national non-profits have funded efforts to build green housing for low-income residents in and around Seattle. One study found that the projects, on average, cost 2.4 percent more to build, and that developers would often not recoup the extra costs without a subsidy for going green; occupants, however, would save an average of $12,637 in utility costs over the life of each home.

Biomass 'is answer to zero-carbon housing'
Published 3 April 2007 by edie.net (UK) (original article)

Biomass will be the main driving force in delivering carbon neutral development for the UK's biggest housing growth area, according to a report published on Wednesday.

Profile of an award-winning 'green' mixed-use development
Published 20 April 2007 by Statesman-Journal (Oregon) (original article)

Last month, the National Association of Home Builders singled out Pringle Creek Community for its Land Development of the Year award. The group's members expect that 40 percent to 50 percent of the homes built in 2010 will be "green," according to a survey conducted last year. Local builders need to get with this trend or get left behind.

Vancouver, Toronto Directors on planning, design and vision
Published by Canadian Architect (original article)

An insightful interview with Vancouver's Director of Planning and Toronto's Director of Urban Design on vision, sustainable urban development, new urbanism, and overcoming the divides between architecture, planning and urban design.

How Denmark Paved Way To Energy Independence
Published 16 April 2007 by Wall Street Journal (original article)

Through a wide variety of government-driven initiatives, Denmark has dramatically reduced energy consumption while maintaining a solid growth rate and low unemployment. Following over 30 years of bold regulations, incentives and development, Denmark is now self-sufficient in energy and actually exports oil, gas and electricity.

Report/Paper: [Sebastopol, Calif.] Charting a Path for a New Energy Future for Sebastopol
Published 2 April 2007 by City of Sebastopol (California)

This well-grounded report report by the City-sponsored Sebastopol Citizens Advisory Group on Energy Vulnerability (CAGE) reviews municipal energy vulnerabilities and makes policy recommendations for maintaining municipal services in an energy-constrained future.

Proposed green building rule could reduce use of local wood
Published 13 April 2007 by The Oregonian (original article)

A sustainability conundrum: proposed green building requirements for Oregon state building projects may make it more expensive for builders to use local wood.

Green living takes root in Sweden
Published 9 October 2006 by BBC News (original article)

In Malmo, Sweden, a former shipyard and industrial site is being turned into a green residential area based on 100% use of renewable energy. Eventually the area will accommodate 10,000 residents and 20,000 employees and students.

Report/Paper: Buildings and Climate Change: Status, Challenges and Opportunities
Published 29 March 2007 by United Nations Environment Programme (original article)

This UN report reviews key opportunities, models and tools for encouraging significant energy savings (and greenhouse gas mitigation) in building construction and operation.



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