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Thin Snowpack Signals Summer of Fire and Drought

Thin Snowpack Signals Summer of Fire and Drought | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Farmers, ranchers and officials across the area had hoped for plentiful snows to replenish the ground and refill rivers, but that has not come to pass.
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The shape of things to come....

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Passive House Institute U.S. Starts Training Builders

Passive House Institute U.S. Starts Training Builders | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Subtitle: Until recently, PHIUS focused its training sessions on designers and architects — but now it is beginning to focus on builders Images: Green Building News A new training program developed and presented by the Passive HouseA...
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Jim Gramata's curator insight, March 4, 2013 9:36 AM

We should learn from this method of building.

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Energy Efficiency Pays Off for Builders Who Know How to Sell It

Energy Efficiency Pays Off for Builders Who Know How to Sell It | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Rethinking how you discuss the value of energy efficiency can improve your bottom line.
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Grants for Green Projects Available Through California American Water’s 2013 Environmental Grant Program

Grants for Green Projects Available Through California American Water’s 2013 Environmental Grant Program | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Water Utility Offers $10,000 in California for Community Improvement Projects




California American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for its 2013 Environmental Grant Program.
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Record Heat Fuels Widespread Fires in Australia

Record Heat Fuels Widespread Fires in Australia | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
An unprecedented heat wave has sparked raging bushfires across some of the country’s most populated regions, pushing firefighters to their limits.
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More global climate change.  Meanwhile China is experiencing record cold spells.  We better get on it!

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More Lessons from Grandma on Green Building and House Design

More Lessons from Grandma on Green Building and House Design | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
I'm sorry, but we still have a lot to learn from Grandma and her architect.
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To Fight Climate Change, College Students Take Aim at the Endowment Portfolio

To Fight Climate Change, College Students Take Aim at the Endowment Portfolio | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Students are demanding that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks in hopes of bringing climate change onto the national political agenda.
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Net-Zero For a Competitive Price

Net-Zero For a Competitive Price | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Subtitle:  A California model home comes in at $150 a square foot — demonstrating that net-zero doesn't have to cost much more than conventional construction Images:  Green Building News The designers of a 1,700 square-foot...
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Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2

Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2 | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Subtitle:  How to work with your appraiser to document the value of green upgrades Images:  Guest Blogs [Editor's note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a Passivhaus in Maine.
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Kenjo: Cabin-Like Prefab Guest House or Studio - Design Milk

Kenjo: Cabin-Like Prefab Guest House or Studio - Design Milk | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Swedish company Kenjo designs small, cabin-like prefab rooms that can serve as guest houses, offices, studios or any other type of space that you like.
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The new high-tech sustainable Perth arena opens

The new high-tech sustainable Perth arena opens | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
A new arena in Perth has opened which has drawn on the latest technology and research in sustainability.
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A Beachfront Retreat

A Beachfront Retreat | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
We need an approach to our shorelines that takes account of rising sea levels, intensifying storms and continuing erosion.
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SOM breaks ground on New York’s First Net Zero Energy School

SOM breaks ground on New York’s First Net Zero Energy School | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Aerial © SOM A few days before the wrath of Sandy, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) broke ground on what will be the first net zero energy school in...
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Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

Relax! You’ll Be More Productive | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
To be at your peak, don’t work so much.
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Portland Home Builder's Pumpkin Ridge Passive House Project Garners Regional and National Attention for 'Super-efficient' Design and Construction.

Portland Home Builder's Pumpkin Ridge Passive House Project Garners Regional and National Attention for 'Super-efficient' Design and Construction. | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
The Pumpkin Ridge Passive House, under construction by Portland home builder Hammer & Hand and designed by Scott | Edwards Architecture, is showcased by Northwest ENERGY STAR® as one of six super-efficient demonstration homes in the Pacific...
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Green Scientists Propose Safety Testing System for Development of New Chemicals

Green Scientists Propose Safety Testing System for Development of New Chemicals | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Process can help to ensure that consumer products are free of harmful endocrine disruptors A group of scientists from North America and Europe, including Carnegie Mellon University's Terry Collins, has developed a five-tiered testing system that manufacturers...
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Home Energy Magazine - Blog :: Californians See Significant Increase in Solar Water Heating Rebates

Home Energy Magazine - Blog :: Californians See Significant Increase in Solar Water Heating Rebates | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an increase in rebates offered through the California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal Program of up to 45%.
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2012 Was Hottest Year Ever in U.S.

2012 Was Hottest Year Ever in U.S. | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Last year blew away the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit.
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B.C. Home Certified By Living Building Challenge | Earthtechling

B.C. Home Certified By Living Building Challenge | Earthtechling | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
A residence in British Columbia, Canada, is the first to be certified by the Living Building Challenge for water conservation and site preservation.
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In Raleigh, N.C., Cutting Living Space to Make Room for Life

In Raleigh, N.C., Cutting Living Space to Make Room for Life | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
In Raleigh, N.C., a family trades 3,200 square feet of wasted space for lower taxes and open views.
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Could Cameras Be the Best Weapon Against Climate Change?

Could Cameras Be the Best Weapon Against Climate Change? | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it

Documentary:  Chasing Ice

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The E.D.G.E., a small prefab house by Revelations Architects/Builders

The E.D.G.E., a small prefab house by Revelations Architects/Builders | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Following the 2006 housing market crash in the United States, Revelations Architects/Builders set out to design a small house alternative to the bloated McMansion that had become so prevalent there...
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Product Innovation Prize • Cradle To Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Product Innovation Prize • Cradle To Cradle Products Innovation Institute | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization created to bring about a large scale transformation in the way we make the things we make...
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More Than a Quarter of U.S. Homes Use ENERGY STAR

More Than a Quarter of U.S. Homes Use ENERGY STAR | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
Homes built to ENERGY STAR standards are 26 percent of new homes constructed in the U.S. during 2011.
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Calif. snowpack outlook grim for water

Calif. snowpack outlook grim for water | Sustainable Architecture + Construction | Scoop.it
The researchers also found little cause for optimism from a survey of global warming's impact on the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, where literally billions of people depend on mountain snowpacks for drinking water and irrigation.
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