Green Building

Fireproofing homes dramatically reduces spread of forest fires, scientists find
August 28, 2007 10:25 AM - University of California - Los Angeles

Why do some forest fires spread rapidly over large areas, destroying and damaging many homes, while others are contained with minimal damage? New research shows a major factor is whether homes are fireproofed — not just yours, but those of your neighbors as well. “There is actually more flammable material in a house per square yard than in a forest,” said Michael Ghil, UCLA distinguished professor of climate dynamics and geosciences and co-author of the research, which will be published in the Sept. 4 print edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienes and is currently available online.

Norway Unveils "First Ecological Prison"
August 27, 2007 07:11 PM - Aasa Christine Stoltz

BASTOEY, Norway - Norway put on show on Monday what it calls "the world's first ecological prison," where inmates play important roles in daily operations and learn to do their bit to protect the environment. The Bastoey Island low security prison uses solar panels for energy, produces most of its own food, recycles everything it can and tries to reduce its carbon footprint.

High-End Furniture Line Goes Green Across Entire Product Line
August 24, 2007 01:37 PM - Glen Hasek, Green Lodging News

ATLANTA—Decca Hospitality Furnishings announced that it will convert its entire product line of high-end and custom furnishings to new, environmentally conscious green standards by the end of this year. This action reflects a corporate culture at Decca that is mindful of the environment across its business practices, while underscoring the need for all companies to be good stewards of our environment.

Green Certification Now Available For Minnesota Homes
August 22, 2007 09:15 PM - PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS - Remodeling projects and new homes in Minnesota can now achieve "green" certification through a new voluntary program called Minnesota GreenStar: Certified Green Homes and Remodeling.

Greening Pennsylvania - $154 Million For Green Projects
August 22, 2007 09:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is giving $154 million dollars to green projects in the state. THe projects will help maintain and protect Pennsylvania's environment and open space, preserve farmland, protect watersheds, reclaim abandoned mines, remediate acid mine drainage and invest in other environmental initiatives. The money will go to 415 projects across the commonwealth for the second year. It is all part of Pennsylvania's pioneering Growing Greener II initiative, a state project. Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, a strong supporter of the initiative, announced the funding today.

Global Survey Shows "Green" Construction Costs Dramatically Lower Than Believed

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) reports that "green" costs are overestimated by 300%. Key players in real estate and construction misjudge the costs and benefits of "green" buildings, creating a major barrier to more energy efficiency in the building sector.

ecoMOD3 Expands Modular, Sustainable, Affordable Housing Research
August 21, 2007 09:24 AM - University of Virginia

Some University of Virginia students cheered and clapped as a crane lifted the prefabricated modules into place at their new home in the Castle Hill-Fifeville neighborhood in Charlottesville.

Roof, Paints, Carpets - New Phildelphia Senior Development Goes Totally Green
August 20, 2007 04:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

From the 20,000 square foot vegetation-covered roof, to low-VOC paints and caulking, to the carpets, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has created a new 'best-practices' standard for green senior housing. It's called the Nellie Reynolds Gardens. Philadelphia, already a leader in building Energy Star affordable housing, is taking its commitment to energy efficiency and a clean environment to a new level, building its first "totally green building" in North Philadelphia.

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay Wins Award for Energy Efficiency
August 18, 2007 03:03 PM - , Green Lodging News

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay has received the Focus on Energy Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency for the implementation of innovative energy efficiency projects within its business.

Eco-Cities - Building Better Cities for the 21st Century
August 17, 2007 04:39 PM - , Green Progress

08/27/2007 - In response to the environmental challenges resulting from the unprecedented tide of urbanization worldwide, schemes to create 'eco-cities' have been launched in many countries. Seeking to address simultaneously a myriad of environmental issues, projects from China to the United Kingdom will showcase leading-edge technologies and urban planning. If they work, they could help turn cities into more sustainable spaces.

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