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SHFT Sampler 3-25-11

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Coal kills, Earth Hour cools off, and more.

Don't Believe the Hype: In spite of common opinion, nuclear energy is not the most dangerous source of power. Not even close. Using these stats, author/thinker Seth Godin offers up a simple graphic showing that coal is by far the deadliest energy source per terawatt-hour of power produced. "For every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal." Whoa. (via GOOD) Good Green......read more

7 Great Green Roofs

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Cool buildings with plants growing on them.

Living roofs have gained widespread acceptance in recent decades for their ability to reduce the urban heat island effect and decrease heat loss and energy consumption. In the hands of a skilled designer, they can also be downright beautiful. Here are a few of our faves. Images, left to right: 1. School of Art and Design, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. If this sweeping building......read more

London's 'Razor' Building First in the World to Integrate Wind Turbines in Design

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A cool 113m EUR brings us a really great looking green building first.

Peering down 148 metres from the top of the latest addition to London's skyline, the traffic-clogged Elephant and Castle roundabout and its notorious neighbour, the Heygate estate, below feel an unlikely location for a world first. But next week, this new skyscraper, nicknamed "the Razor", will take a crucial step towards becoming the world's first building with wind turbines......read more

SportPlaza Mercator by VenhoevenCS

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With its exterior facade completely covered in plants, an Amsterdam leisure center takes green roofs to the next level

De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is a multicultural neighbourhood that is home to people from 129 different countries. The city district wanted to boost community life in the neighbourhood, so they hired local firm VenhoevenCS to dream up a building that combines swimming pools, a therapy pool, fitness, aerobics, a sauna and steam bath, a party centre, café and childcare alongside a restaurant.......read more

California Commission Boosts Building Energy Standards

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Unanimous vote approves sweeping energy efficiency standards, including 'solar ready roofs' on new buildings

The California Energy Commission today unanimously approved upgraded building energy efficiency standards that one commissioner called "the strongest in the nation." The new standards, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014, include a host of common-sense standards designed to save energy, from insulating hot-water pipes to making sure that air conditioner installations are inspected for sufficient air......read more

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