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Green Building Revolution
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Green Building Revolution

Buildings gobbling up precious resources contribute to global warming. But sustainable architecture is changing that.

Structures that “go green” save money, energy, and water — and improve the environment indoors. Watch how new buildings and retrofitted old ones carefully use and recycle materials, including old blue jeans.

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My Sust House

My Sust House

Try building a sustainable home, considering location, materials, and energy sources and usage. Make the best choices and watch your sustainability meter go higher. More...

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A+DS
Net-Zero Home Could Eliminate Energy Bills

Net-Zero Home Could Eliminate Energy Bills

Watch researchers testing a house that produces as much energy as it uses — and that will save on home energy consumption and costs. More...

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Inside Science News Service
Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Gigantic termite nests inspired an architect to design an energy-efficient office and shopping complex in Zimbabwe's capital city. Investigate the insect systems that provided his ideas. More...

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Inhabit.com
Green Building: Frequent Questions

Green Building: Frequent Questions

What is a “green building”? Here’s the place to get the answer to this and many more questions. More...

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Greensburg GreenTown

Greensburg GreenTown

After a tornado destroyed Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007, the surviving residents rebuilt the town green. Take a tour of the details for the reconstructed town. More...

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Greensburg, GreenTown
Introduction to Green Building

Introduction to Green Building

Research the 5 qualities that go into green building and discover how small changes can have big effects. More...

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City of Kirkland
Living Building Challenge: Certified Projects

Living Building Challenge: Certified Projects

Investigate how builders around the world met the challenge of creating structures that actually improved the ecosystems they inhabit. More...

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International Living Future Institute
Photos: 10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat

Photos: 10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat

Take a global tour of homes and other buildings that beat the high costs of heat by cooling with vegetation and other innovative materials and methods. More...

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National Geographic
Quiz: Green Builders

Quiz: Green Builders

Does toilet flushing use more water than washing a car? Test your green knowledge. More...

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PBS
Shwetak Patel: Sensor Technologist and Computer Scientist

Shwetak Patel: Sensor Technologist and Computer Scientist

Computer scientist Shwetak Patel invented sensor technologies to measure and save energy in homes. See how the sensors work. More...

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MacArthur Foundation
The Tradeoffs of Building Green

The Tradeoffs of Building Green

Dr. Catherine Mohr, who makes surgical robots, built a new green house. Watch her describe how she considered efficient ways to use energy. Some may surprise you. More...

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TED
Top 10 Green Buildings, 2011

Top 10 Green Buildings, 2011

Take a look at designs of schools and other structures that include the greenest in the country. Discover their efficient use of wind and sunlight, as well as a living roof. More...

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TIME Magazine

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