ArchWeek Green 2011.0414

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ArchWeek Green 2011.0414

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

Dear Designers, Builders, and Friends,

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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
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/0323/index.html

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:
http://bit.ly/Fukushima_Chernobyl_Comparison

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:

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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.
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/0406/index.html

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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.
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/0406/news_1-2.html

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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.
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/0406/news_1-3.html

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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.
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/0406/news_3-3.html

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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.
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/0406/news_3-3.html

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Green and Sustainable Design and Building News This Week
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AIA Announces 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects - AIA Press Release, 2011.0414
http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB088729

Welcome to Britain's First Carbon-Neutral Victorian Home - Telegraph (UK), 2011.0414
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/gre ... -home.html

Container House in Mojave Desert - Jetson Green, 2011.0414
http://www.jetsongreen.com/2011/04/ship ... -tree.html

Soon We May All Live in Prefab High-Rises - Fast Company, 2011.0414
http://www.fastcompany.com/1747150/soon ... -buildings

The Better Way to Know If a Building Is Green - The Atlantic, 2011.0401
http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive ... een/73167/

Ellis House Earns LEED Platinum - Jetson Green, 2011.0413
http://www.jetsongreen.com/2011/04/mode ... tinum.html

OSU Energy Center Is LEED Platinum Certified - PR Newswire, 2011.0412
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 81559.html

USGBC Launches New LEED Standard for Healthcare - Greener Buildings (Blog), 2011.0412
https://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/04/1 ... healthcare

Indians Join Fight for an Oklahoma Lake'S Flow - New York Times, 2011.0412
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/scien ... .html?_r=1

Keeping Score on Nuclear Accidents - New York Times, 2011.0412
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/ ... accidents/

Radiation Release Will Hit Marine Life - Nature, 2011.0412
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110412/ ... 2145a.html

Japan Faces Power Struggle - Nature, 2011.0412
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110412/ ... 2143a.html

Radiation Levels in Parts of Fukushima over Limit - NHK World, 2011.0412
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/12_07.html

Oregon Proposes Per Mile EV Tax - Triple Pundit, 2011.0411
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/blogs/link.php?id=87357

Chevy Volt Drivers Report 1,000 Miles on a Tank of Gas - Triple Pundit, 2011.0411
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/blogs/link.php?id=87351

Fewer Penguins Survive Warming Antarctic Climate - Reuters, 2011.0411
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/ ... M020110411

USGBC Launches Web LEED Scoring Tool - EarthTechling (Blog), 2011.0408
http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/04/us ... ring-tool/

Dead Dolphins, Turtles Still Washing Ashore Along Gulf Coast - St. Petersburg Times, 2011.0408
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environmen ... st/1162385

2011 Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar - ENN, 2011.0407
http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/42562

Senate Rejects Measure to Stop EPA on Climate - Reuters, 2011.0407
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/ ... HU20110407

A Fresh Take on Sea-Level Rise - New York Times, 2011.0407
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/ ... evel-rise/

Little Action Apparent Six Months after Hungary Red Mud Disaster - World Wildlife Fund, 2011.0406
http://wwf.panda.org/?uNewsID=199897

Michigan State Researchers Design New Car Engine - Discovery News, 2011.0406
http://news.discovery.com/tech/new-car- ... gn=rssnws1

The Rich Are Different: They Can Buy More Sand - New York Times, 2011.0406
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/ ... more-sand/

AIA Housing Awards: Single-Family - ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0406
http://www.architectureweek.com/2011/0406/index.html

Iowa City's New Green Recycling Center - Green Building Elements, 2011.0405
http://greenbuildingelements.com/2011/0 ... ng-center/

Coal, Jobs and America's Energy Future - New York Times, 2011.0331
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/ ... gy-future/
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