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Green Building News

Attacks on LEED Continue in House Spending Bill

Some lawmakers want government agencies to justify green building and change how they use certifications like LEED and Green Globes.

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Chemical Industry, USGBC Announce Ceasefire

After years of anti-LEED lobbying, the American Chemistry Council says it wants to work to make LEED better.

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Coal, Not Wind or Solar, Is Worst for Birds

It might not have a “death ray,” but coal power kills millions of birds a year, a new report asserts.

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Kids Breathe Easier When Trees Eat Smog

Study shows how urban trees save millions in medical bills, using a new method to model smog concentrations.

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Tree-Covered Neighborhoods Pop Out Healthier Babies

Babies of mothers living in greener areas had higher birth weights in a new study—regardless of air quality, walkability, and other factors.

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PCBs Taint Paints, with Titanium Dioxide Bearing Some Blame

Long-banned toxic chemicals still contaminate building products and consumer goods thanks to a loophole in 1970s regulations.

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Entry-Level Green Doesn’t Cost Extra, U.K. Report Finds

All projects can achieve the lowest BREEAM rating for no additional cost if sustainability strategies are incorporated from the beginning.

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Thermal Bridging Can Degrade Wall Performance 70%

The Devil is in your details, and he’s letting staggering amounts of energy escape.

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Cleaner Lungs Could Pay for Billion-Dollar Emissions Policies

Healthcare savings from better air quality would pay for proposed U.S. carbon emissions policies up to ten times over, a study finds.

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Plants in Offices Enhance Worker Engagement

Office plants make workers happier, which helps prevent the kind of disengagement that takes a toll on productivity, according a recent report.

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October 2014

Volume 23, Number 10