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Oak Park Garage Exudes Style and Sustainability

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Tom Bassett-Dilley recently sent us these photos of his prototype green garage on a 30' wide lot in south Oak Park, Illinois.  The garage was built with FSC-certified lumber, a salvaged concrete slab, locally produced recycled content steel siding, and salvaged cedar siding.  There's also a Live Roof green roof, which was designed to channel water into rain barrels for collection. 

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Top 15 Green Products [ED+C Magazine]

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At the end of each year, Environmental Design + Construction magazine reviews products mentioned in its New+Notable and Products Focus sections.  The magazine next examines these products for the fifteen that received the most reader requests.  ED+C's 2009 Top Products contains a number of entries designed to save water or manage water.  You've probably seen some of these products already, whether on BuildingGreen's Top-10 Green Building Products list or in our green materials archives.  If not, check these out:

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New Camp Twin Lakes Treehouse Outfitted with Solar Array, Green Roof

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Kids with special illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges received a new toy this summer at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia.  Designed by Amy Leathers, senior associate at Lord, Aeck & Sargent, the treehouse serves as a play area and educational space for learning about nature and sustainability.  It's wheelchair accessible and outfitted with a number of environmentally-sensitive features. 

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A LEED Gold Green Building Laboratory

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Ann Arbor, Michigan architectural firm A3C has turned its building into a showcase for a number of green building components, and managed to produce a LEED-CI Gold renovation of the existing two-story building while they were at it.  The firm wanted to have a showcase for a variety of green building options, as well as providing themselves with firsthand experience with a number of different systems.

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Sozawe Terraced Green Roof Complex

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The other day, Design Boom reported on this project for the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.  Designed by NL Architects, the project, called Sozawe — welfare department and work agency — has office spaces, a large interior public space, and 215 parking spaces.  Each of the nine office floors includes access to outdoor spaces with trees and a view over the city. 

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New Precautionary List Provides Choices to Harmful Building Products

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Last week at Greenbuild 2009, Perkins + Will unveiled its new Precautionary List, which tracks 25 of the most common dangerous chemicals found in commonly used building materials.  The list provides an explanation of the properties of the chemicals with suggested alternatives.  Some of the chemicals on the list include: arsenic, lead, urea formaldehyde, and cadmium, just to name a few.

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