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    $180M will convert Atlanta’s City Hall East into mixed-use property

    The 2.1-millionsquare-foot Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Atlanta is one significant step closer to being transformed into the mixed-use Ponce City Market now that Jamestown Properties has completed the $27 million acquisition of the 1920s-era property from the city of Atlanta. Jamestown will work in conjunction with its sustainable development subsidiary, Green Street Properties, on the $180 million restoration and redevelopment of the historic building, which holds the distinction of being the largest brick structure

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    Move over LEED?

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification has been recognized as the building standard providing a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction since its inception in 1994. These standards have been accepted throughout the U.S. and have been adopted in 30 other countries. The International Living Building Institute (ILBI) came on the scene in November 2006, not as competition to LEED, but in addition to LEED.

    THE ILBI was launched by the Cascadia Region Green

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    Earth-friendly House Siding

    We all want our home exteriors to look attractive and protect us from the elements, so when it’s time for new siding, remember that there are siding options that have less of an impact on the environment than others. Whether you live in a charming bungalow or a cool modern abode, there is an eco-friendly siding option for your home.

    Some factors to

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    How Air Conditioning Changed How and Where We Live

    Rebecca Rosen writes in the Atlantic about a subject dear to our hearts- the dramatic effect of air conditioning on our house design, the things that we do, and even our patterns of settlement. Before air conditioning, in a bygone and surely less comfortable era, people employed all sorts of strategies for keeping cool in the heat. Houses were designed with airflow in mind — more windows, higher ceilings….

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    Study Discovers That Solar Panels Have a Cooling Effect on Buildings

    It turns out that solar panels can do more than provide you with renewable energy – they can significantly cut down the power needed to heat and cool your building as well. In a study recently released in the journal Solar Energy, an engineering team at UC San Diego found that the presence of solar panels on rooftops keeps buildings an average of 5 degrees Fahrenheit cooler during the day and keeps heat in during the nighttime, which could save cash on heating costs in the winter. Read the rest of Study Discovers That Solar Panels Have a Cooling Effect on Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , economics of solar energy , economics of solar power , photovoltaic savings , renewable energy economics , renewable energy savings , solar panel economics , solar panel efficiency , solar panel energy , solar panel savings , solar power savings

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    EPA Won’t Expand Lead Paint Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided against expanding its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule to include dust wipe sampling and clearance testing requirements, the agency announced on July 15. The proposed expansion rule would have been a revision to the original LRRP

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