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    Gorgeous Soapstone Wood Stove Keeps You Warm For 15 Hours

    It is autumn, that time of year when thoughts turn to these gorgeous European high efficiency wood stoves that we can’t get in North America because the market likes cutesy old fashioned ones like grandma used to have. The Attika Geo has the slender modern look like the rest of their line, but is made of soapstone, to hold the heat. In fact, it can pump out 7 kilowatts (

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    Newsmaker: Edward Mazria – Architectural Record

    n addition to Architecture 2030, Mazria is well known for The Passive Solar Energy Book, a primer published in 1979 about how to design a home heated by the sun. Its 400 pages cover everything from the definition of “convection” to calculating the energy transfer rate of a thermal storage wall. With 500,000—and counting—copies printed in the United States, the book has also been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese, suggesting the timelessness and universality of its appeal.This month, Edward Mazria and his crusade to “greenify” the built environment got a major boost: the 70-year-old architect was named one of five winners of the Purpose Prize. The $100,000

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    Porsche American Headquarters Has Green Roof, Natural Ventilation

    Architecture firm HOK has designed Porsche Cars North America’s new headquarters in Atlanta. They tell us that “The nearly 200,000-square-foot complex will accommodate up to 400 employees under one roof on a high-profile, 26-acre Aerotropolis site near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.” Like so much of HOK’s work, it will be very green:

    Reflecting Porsche’s commitment to the environment, HOK is designing a highly sustainable building and targeting a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Energy conservation measures include fine-tuning the building orientation and creating a highly efficient building envelope. The team will explore opportunities for natural ventilation

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    New Chemical to Reduce Climate Impact of Foam Insulation

    Honeywell has introduced two new blowing agents that could dramatically reduce the global warming potential (GWP) of a variety of foam insulation types. Marketed under the brand name Solstice, they are designed to be “drop-in” substitutes for blowing agents currently used to manufacture insulation for both buildings and appliances, including extruded polystyrene and closed-cell polyurethane foams.

    Both chemicals have zero ozone-depletion potential and a GWP of 7, meaning that when they are released into the atmosphere their potency is seven times that of CO

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    Passive House U.S. Develops Separate North American Certification

    A new certification system combining the Passive House standard with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index will issue its first certificates in January 2012, according to Katrin Klingenberg, cofounder and executive director of Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). Called PHIUS+, the certification is separate from international Passive House certification, though projects still must meet the three modeled performance metrics that form the backbone of the international standard.

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