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July 31, 2006

Tying the Knot

Crain's New York Business REAL ESTATE REPORT: Ambitious 'green' law will overhaul how city builds

July 31, 2006, Monday
By Erik Engquist
Standards to affect $12B in projects; officials scramble as rules deadline looms

Beginning in January, the "green buildings" law will require most city-funded projects to meet an eco-friendly standard that few developers attempt to reach.

It's Too Darn Hot

Europe's scorching and leathal summer of 2003 was even worse than we thought. Because heat waves are silent killers, only long after the heat wave is past can we compare fatalities to "normal" years to understand the full human toll. Get the grim news here.

ZEB's are Coming - But What's a ZEB?

ZEB's are zero-energy buildings. We want lots more of them. Here's an in-depth, technical report by the National Renewable Energy Lab, which finds that developers and owners provide the main motivation for constructing ZEB's. Want to know more?

July 28, 2006

How To Keep the Lights On

Recent power blackouts around the US have been linked with failures in the electric transmission system, not with power plant shut downs. What's happening?

July 24, 2006

Could Leaks Sink RGGI?

RGGI, the cap and trade plan of seven northeast states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, could face serious legal challenge. Read about it here.

July 19, 2006

Show Us the Money

"Romance without finance is a nuisance" the jazz singer wailed. But sustianable building without finance is worse. Read about what's happening now.

July 18, 2006

Mile-High Sustainability

The folks of Denver Colorado rate environmental responsbility and excellence as top issues for their neighborhoods. See how this rating can translate into action in the July 2006 Greenprint Denver Plan. Download PDF version of the report.

July 17, 2006

Waking Up is Hard to Do

The first words of a Yale University report on climate change quote Martin Luther King, Jr., "We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today", surely a perfect wake up call.

July 13, 2006

LEED + BREEAM + HQE = A New Tower of Babel?

The UN Environmental Programme knows that sustainable building is a key to sustainable development. Can nation based green building standards be coordinated? What should global standards for sustainable building include. For a first look at the UNEP Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative Visit »

July 12, 2006

A Mighty Breeze

"A Framework for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the US" seeks to make the case that this renewable energy resource makes good environmental and economic sense — but what will the neighbors say? Think about which side you're on.

July 11, 2006

City Living That's Good for Your Health

"Understanding the Relationship Between Public Health and the Built Environment" is a data rich appraisal of current research about the links between public health and neighborhood design. It's a companion to LEED-ND standards developed by the US Green Building Council. Download PDF version of the report.

July 06, 2006

The Twenty-Two Percent Solution

Since nearly one out of every four people on the planet lives in China, the Huangbaiyu village experiment, a Sino-American collaboration to create a green, low-energy village, is newsworthy, but is it a sustainable solution? For the village master plan and some on-point related articles Read More »

July 05, 2006

An Inconvenient Trend

Under the European Union's emissions trading scheme, the German government announced plans to issue more "generous" carbon pollution credits to domestic industry. Will the European Commission approve?
Find Out »