EXHIBITS: Center for Architecture Opens Two Exhibitions on Middle Eastern Architecture and Engineering

The Center for Architecture announces the opening of two concurrent exhibitions on architecture in the Middle East. City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982, in its U.S. debut, presents built and unbuilt work by 11 architects, including Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown. The second show, CHANGE: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present surveys more than 120 contemporary works in 20 countries and territories.

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Top 10 Water Management Techniques

EPA’s Sustainable Facilities Practices Branch developed the following list of top 10 water management techniques that have proven helpful in managing water use at facilities throughout the Agency. We are pleased to publish this list.

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PV Pavilion Completed on Campus of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences

A 35-meter-long photovoltaic pavilion adds the finishing touch to the campus of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and is to be used as a space for social events, brainstorming ideas and presentations. Odersun solar modules cover the whole building. Made from 25 mm-thick break-proof security glass, the PV modules act as façade elements and were specially developed and manufactured for this project.

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Entries Published for 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has published 103 entries to this year’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge in the IDEA INDEX — BFI’s remarkable repository of whole systems solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. “IDEA INDEX 1.0 is a searchable database of incredible ideas submitted by design pioneers and social innovators from all over the world”, commented Elizabeth Thompson, BFI’s Executive Director. “What you’ll find is a collection of practitioners meaningfully engaged in systems change, all worthy of attention and support.” Entries were…

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Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops: Report Spotlights Practical Green Infrastructure Solution to Alleviate Nation’s Water Woes

As America’s expanding urban areas struggle with major water supply shortages and runoff pollution problems, capturing rainwater from rooftops provides a tremendous untapped opportunity to increase water supply and improve water quality, according to a recent analysis on “Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops” by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Building for LEED Credits May Increase Risk of Worker Safety, Says Study

A new study says that some LEED credits might carry an additional risk of worker injury of up to 41 percent, writes Douglas Reiser on Sustainable Cities Collective. The study he cites published by the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, which finds that a number of LEED credit tasks carry potential risks.

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Green Homes Market Expected to Increase Five-Fold by 2016 – Up From a $17 Billion Opportunity Today – Says New McGraw-Hill Construction Study

According to the study, construction industry professionals report an even steeper increase in green home remodeling; 34 percent of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016, a 150 percent increase over 2011 activity levels. Many homebuilders have shifted to the remodeling market due to the drastic drop in new home construction.

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Net-Zero Energy Homes Now Available from KB Home, Las Vegas

KB Home opened its first net-zero energy home in Nevada during a special event held yesterday at its Talavera at Mountain’s Edge community in Las Vegas. At the event, KB Home employees and Clark County Commissioner, Susan Brager, hosted a group of area school children for a morning of education, games and a guided tour of the innovative new home, dubbed ZeroHouse 2.0.

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