Portola Valley Town Center is a Model of Energy-Efficient, Climate-Friendly Design

Jan. 28, 2009
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COURTESY OF SIEGEL & STRAIN ARCHITECTSPortola Valley Town Center is a Model of Energy-Efficient, Climate-Friendly DesignThe Portola Valley Town Center, an 11-acre project in Portola Valley, CA, including a town hall, a library, a community hall, and playing fields, is now complete. The buildings are designed to use 33-percent less energy than mandated by building codes. A combination of thermal mass, natural ventilation, efficient compressors, and nighttime cooling enables the buildings to remain comfortable during the day with minimal energy consumption. A building dashboard allows staff and visitors to monitor their energy and water use in real time.

Work Resumes on Nation’s First Standard on High-Performing Green Buildings
The committee for proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings met yesterday. Meant to provide minimum criteria for green-building practices, the standard is applicable to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects.

Economic Recovery Proposal Includes $14 Billion for Greening and Renovation of Public Schools
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U.S. House of Representatives included $14 billion for green school construction and renovation as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This bill will play a vital role in ensuring cutting school utility costs while nurturing student and teacher health, creating an ideal learning environment, helping secure our nation's energy future, protecting our environment against climate change and wasteful use of resources, and creating a generation of people who make responsible, healthy, green choices.
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Vanderbilt's First-Year Student Campus Recognized for Green Building
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Pennsylvania Classrooms for the Future Moves into Year Three
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