Audubon Treats Los Angeles to a New Kind of Nature Center

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The first LEED(r) v2 Platinum building in the U.S. is off-the-grid, treating its own wastewater and making its own electricity, despite being just ten minutes from downtown Los Angeles. More than half of its building materials were locally manufactured, and nearly all of its construction debris was reused or recycled. Perhaps best of all, over 50,000 children live within two miles of this educational center.

The Robert Redford Building: NRDC Practices What It Preaches
The second LEED v2 Platinum building in the U.S. is a gut renovation of an office building in downtown Santa Monica. Daylighting and natural ventilation enhance the occupant experience while keeping energy use low. Water use is also minimized by low-flow fixtures and a graywater reuse system. The 3-story facility contains offices for NRDC as well as educational and green-retail storefronts.


More on Filtration
Marc Rosenbaum suggests a solution to a nagging air-filtration question.

Ozone Generators Can Be Used Safely
Cindy Meehan-Patton writes from her experience with ozone generators, and claims they can be used safely ... as long as nobody's home.


Massachusetts Proposes Ban on C&D Waste, Including Treated Wood
The first stage of the ban, expected to take effect this year, includes asphalt paving, brick, concrete, metal, and wood. The proposed inclusion of CCA-treated wood is generating controversy.

CCA Phaseout Relatively Smooth
No news is good news, probably. EBN checks in with the preservative-treated wood industry about the phaseout, and discusses alternative technologies.

California Releases Data on Indoor Emissions
Do products with high recycled content have high levels of indoor air emissions? The State of California wanted to find out. EBN takes a look at the test results.


What's Happening (cont.)

Court Rules for Air Conditioner Efficiency
The Bush Administration tried to lower efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners. Challenged in court, the plan lost.


Awards & Competitions

Barbara Lippiatt Wins Silver Medal
Barbara Lippiatt, developer of the BEES life-cycle analysis software, is honored by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Product Review

Dramatically Downsized CFLs from Westinghouse

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Incorporating tiny ballasts in standard screw bases, these compact fluorescents break the size barrier.

Product News

Nonflushing Urinals Get Boost in California
The agency that provides design and construction oversight for California's schools and colleges has determined that water-free urinals meet the state's codes.

From the Library

ASHRAE GreenGuide
Written by engineers on the cutting edge to help other engineers get greener, this book encourages readers to rethink assumptions and introduces atypical concepts.

Village Homes: A Community by Design
Another in a growing clutch of books about the celebrated community, this case study addresses the difficulties as well as the successes of the project.