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ArchWeek Green 2011.0414

Postby Kevin » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:09 pm

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ArchWeek Green, from the editors of the leading architecture magazine online, brings you weekly sustainable development news from around our planet. This ArchWeek Green is sponsored by Wiley:

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Mainstream Reluctance...

As Japanese authorities have raised the provisional incident rating for the Fukushima nuclear disaster to level 7 on the IAEA scale, major media are moving in the general direction of eventually acknowledging what ArchitectureWeek published - based simply on following the numbers - about three weeks ago:

Chernobyl by the Sea - ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0323

However, a placating tone still seems to characterize major media assertions that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was categorically worse than what's still underway in Fukushima.

Establishment attitudes appear to still be colored by a dragging reluctance to let go of the meme that Chernobyl was a disaster specific to the Soviet system. According to this meme,  Chernobyl could be deflected as a cause of concern about the nuclear industry overall. Fundamental energy priorities (and hundreds of billions of dollars) are at stake, with significant implications across industrial sectors.

ArchitectureWeek aims to develop a more straight-spoken, more technically grounded comparison of the various similarities and differences between the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents - and we'd appreciate your help in refining it.

So, we've posted a rough-draft, pre-publication version of a comparison chart at the Archiplanet wiki, for community review and comment:

Mainstream Acceptance!

At the same time, we're delighted to point out some nicely green projects that have been recognized in the mainstream AIA Housing Awards for 2011. Green is truly getting more mainstream:

The playful-while-structured Modernist expression of the OS
House in Racine, Wisconsin, by Johnsen Schmaling Architects,
feels unconstrained by meeting the LEED Platinum environmental
performance standard.

A total of eight homes have been built in Philadelphia using the
100K House designs by Interface Studio Architects, including a
two-townhouse project designed to meet Passive House standards.

In the Combs Point Residence, on one of New York's Finger Lakes,
pairs of heavy wood joists rest on a frame of steel beams and
columns to form the primary structure, while expansive glazed
walls enclose the west-facing living space. A majority of lumber
used was FSC-certified, and other wood products were selected
with indoor air quality in mind.

Sustainable design features at The Schermerhorn, an 11-story
mixed-use supportive-housing building designed by Ennead
Architects, include a high percentage of post-consumer waste
glass in the channel glass wall, low-e glazing in all other
windows and curtain-wall systems, and high-efficiency condensing
boilers for heating and hot water.

Tassafaronga Village, designed by David Baker + Partners, was
built on a brownfield infill site in Oakland, California. Part
of the LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program, the
179-unit affordable multifamily development is also targeting
LEED for Homes Platinum certification.

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AIA Announces 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects - AIA Press Release, 2011.0414

Welcome to Britain's First Carbon-Neutral Victorian Home - Telegraph (UK), 2011.0414 ... -home.html

Container House in Mojave Desert - Jetson Green, 2011.0414 ... -tree.html

Soon We May All Live in Prefab High-Rises - Fast Company, 2011.0414 ... -buildings

The Better Way to Know If a Building Is Green - The Atlantic, 2011.0401 ... een/73167/

Ellis House Earns LEED Platinum - Jetson Green, 2011.0413 ... tinum.html

OSU Energy Center Is LEED Platinum Certified - PR Newswire, 2011.0412 ... 81559.html

USGBC Launches New LEED Standard for Healthcare - Greener Buildings (Blog), 2011.0412 ... healthcare

Indians Join Fight for an Oklahoma Lake'S Flow - New York Times, 2011.0412 ... .html?_r=1

Keeping Score on Nuclear Accidents - New York Times, 2011.0412 ... accidents/

Radiation Release Will Hit Marine Life - Nature, 2011.0412 ... 2145a.html

Japan Faces Power Struggle - Nature, 2011.0412 ... 2143a.html

Radiation Levels in Parts of Fukushima over Limit - NHK World, 2011.0412

Oregon Proposes Per Mile EV Tax - Triple Pundit, 2011.0411

Chevy Volt Drivers Report 1,000 Miles on a Tank of Gas - Triple Pundit, 2011.0411

Fewer Penguins Survive Warming Antarctic Climate - Reuters, 2011.0411 ... M020110411

USGBC Launches Web LEED Scoring Tool - EarthTechling (Blog), 2011.0408 ... ring-tool/

Dead Dolphins, Turtles Still Washing Ashore Along Gulf Coast - St. Petersburg Times, 2011.0408 ... st/1162385

2011 Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar - ENN, 2011.0407

Senate Rejects Measure to Stop EPA on Climate - Reuters, 2011.0407 ... HU20110407

A Fresh Take on Sea-Level Rise - New York Times, 2011.0407 ... evel-rise/

Little Action Apparent Six Months after Hungary Red Mud Disaster - World Wildlife Fund, 2011.0406

Michigan State Researchers Design New Car Engine - Discovery News, 2011.0406 ... gn=rssnws1

The Rich Are Different: They Can Buy More Sand - New York Times, 2011.0406 ... more-sand/

AIA Housing Awards: Single-Family - ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0406

Iowa City's New Green Recycling Center - Green Building Elements, 2011.0405 ... ng-center/

Coal, Jobs and America's Energy Future - New York Times, 2011.0331 ... gy-future/
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