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The Emerging Green Builders Subcommittee of the U.S. Green Building Council announces the First Annual 2003 USGBC Design Competition. 

Current students and individuals with less than 3 years experience in the building industry are invited to participate. The competition seeks the submittal of a complete, sustainably designed building and site following set design parameters and utilizing the LEED Green Building Rating System. Participants may work individually or in teams of up to three, not including a faculty or professional advisor. Email your intent to participate to emerginggreen@usgbc.org. Finalists will be showcased, and winners announced and awarded at the USGBC’s 2003 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh in November. www.USGBC.org.

Jan. 21, 2003 - NEW! LEED v2.1 Rating System and Letter Template Revised 1/16/03

Jan. 15, 2003 - See the Connecticut Green Building Council's new website

September 20, 2002 - Hawaii's first solar subdivision to be dedicated next month. Read about the solar water heating units installed at the Hoolimalima affordable housing subdivision in Kapolei.

UK's Largest Solar Installation Due for Completion
Ipswich, England - September 9, 2002

2002 IECC Code Change Cycle - The New Buildings Institute has submitted proposals to the 2002 Code Change Cycle of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Download the full set of changes proposed for the IECC here (.pdf  804K).

Monterey County, Calif. Housing Competition: The American Institute of Architects, Monterey Bay Chapter (AIAMB), in collaboration with AIA California Council is hosting an international competition. The purpose of this competition is to generate innovative housing models that will enable the public and decisionmakers to comprehend the potential of new designs. Registration/submission 10/31/02

Directory of Sustainable Design and Green Building List Servs

Vernacular Architecture in Zambia

July 31, 2002 - Version 1.0.2 of EnergyPlus is free and available to download

July 25, 2002 - UTC Fuel Cells' PC25TM power plant to provide distributed power for Austin Energy. 

July 17, 02 - Bay Area Air Quality Management District Amended Regulations 2002: Reg. 8, Rule 51:  Adhesive and Sealant Products

June 11-12, 2002, Washington DC - 13th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum. New Mexico Democrat Representative Tom Udall on Renewable Energy

The Muir Commons Homeowners' Assoc. has just completed the installation of the largest residential photovoltaic system in Davis, CA. The 10,000-watt system will produce up to 70 percent of the MCHA common house's  electricity from the sun and will offset 21,500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
a"Seeking Green Building on the Internet"  by Debra A. Lombard

Attorneys general from 11 states criticized President Bush Wed 7/17/02 for failing to adopt a comprehensive policy to combat global warming, urging him to enact a cap on greenhouse gases.

March 21, 2002 - The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Renewable Energy Trust has $14.62 million in grants for the design, construction and promotion of "green" buildings in MA that incorporate renewable energy technologies.

March 21, 2002 -Idaho adopts 2000 International Building Code including 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential and non-residential construction, goes into affect on 12/ 31/02

Feb. 3, 2002 -Madison CT Public Schools announced implementation of a voluntary CT DEP program for better Indoor Air Quality known as "Tools for Schools." 
January 18, 2002 - Evergreeen Forest Trust to Preserve 100,000 Acres of Forest near Seattle from Development in $185 Million Deal 
January 11, 2002 - The Brownfields Reform and Small Business Liability Relief Act bill to reform the laws governing redevelopment of brownfields was signed by President Bush 
aaaDec. 4, 2001 - Democrats Delay Senate Vote on Energy Bill (Washington DC)

Nov. 20, 2001 - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on The Impact of the Built Environment on Public Health. 


EXECUTIVE ORDER- Sustaining Maryland's Future with Clean Power, Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency

Download President Bush's Energy Policy document from the White House web site.

Greenpeace's just released PVC Alternatives Database/

The Art of Natural Building/

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, 7th Edition,

Top-Rated Energy-Efficient Appliances On-Line/

Energy Efficient Mortgage Home Owner Guide  from Consumer Information Center in Pueblo, CO/

AIA Colorado Sustainable Design Resource Guide Online/

Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance/

Information on the Energy Efficient Homes' Tax Credits from Alliance to Save Energy's website/

LEED V.2.0 Commercial and LEED Residential

Green Building Rating Systems/

Rules Reducing VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from Paint by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District/

Update on the Green Buildings Tax Credit in the State of New York/

Southface Energy and Environmental Resource Center guide book for Building science and environmental technologies/

EarthCraft House (sponsored by the Greater Atlanta

Home Builders Association and Southface Energy Institute)/

3M Phasing-out Scotchgard products 5/16/2000/
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