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Chinese Government Requiring Buildings to Meet New Green Standards by 2015

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China, the world’s largest carbon emitter and energy consumer, will soon be working toward a revolutionary green building overhaul. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) will issue a green building code that requires existing buildings to meet mandatory new green building standards by 2013.

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Tvzeb Studio Home is Zero-Energy, Insulates Itself Using 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Located in the wooded hills of Vicenza, Italy, this zero-energy studio uses all sorts of creative design strategies to produce its own energy and insulation. Geothermal power, solar power, and a Corten steel shell are some of most prominent factors in energy generation, but it’s the 40,000 recycled plastic bottles making up the wall and roof insulation that really make this Tvzeb studio stand out.

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Modular Homes Offer Additional Use of Land Near Downtown Colorado Springs

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A Boulder, Colorado-based land developer has found an unusual way to offer a solution to a growing land-use problem in downtown Colorado Springs.

Newton owns about a half acre of property, where he has installed five factory-built modular homes near Kiowa and El Paso streets. There is a sixth home expected to be delivered soon as well.

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