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Vancouver: All New Developments Must Be Green

by Justin Thomas •

In June, the Vancouver City Council unanimously approved the adoption the the highest green standards for private sector development in North America. Effective immediately, all new re-zonings for development in Vancouver will be required to achieve or exceed the level of LEED Silver, and they will have to achieve LEED Gold on January 1st, 2010.

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Dockside Green Awarded World’s Highest LEED Score

by Justin Thomas •

We featured the innovative Dockside Green community previously on MetaEfficient. Recently, the entire community was certified to be built to Platinum LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) standards. It was awarded the highest LEED score in the world.

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76-Acre CityCenter Project in Vegas Aims To Be Green

by Justin Thomas •

The MGM CityCenter is a $7 billion project under development on the Las Vegas Strip. The 76-acre complex is the largest green building project in the U.S. The designers actually hope to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for this project. But when the first hotel guests stream through the lobby of the 4,000-room resort at …

“Eco-Lofts” In Atlanta: 100% Wind Powered

by Justin Thomas •

Atlanta will soon be home to the Eco-Lofts, a condominium development that will run on 100% wind power. Located in Chamblee (just outside Atlanta), Eco-Lofts will feature loft-style condos that will range in price from $200,000 to $500,000. The entire building qualifies as EarthCraft, which is a local green building program that is similar to LEED. Via: Equity Green

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China’s Solar-Powered City: Rizhao

by Justin Thomas •

Rizhao City, which means City of Sunshine in Chinese, has a unique dedication to the sun. In Rizhao, 99% of households in the central districts use solar water heaters, and most traffic signals, street and park lights are powered by photovoltaic solar cells. In the suburbs and villages, more than 30% of households use solar water heaters, and over 6,000 …

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Dockside Green: A “Closed-Loop” Green Community

by Justin Thomas •

The city of Victoria in British Columbia has many cutting-edge green buildings and developments in the works. One of the more ambitious projects is Dockside Green, which is an entire green community to be built along Victoria’s upper harbor. Comprised of 26 buildings on 15 acres, the project will include 1000 apartments, condos and townhouses, in addition to over half …

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New Rooftop Wind Turbine Tested: The Helyx

by Justin Thomas •

Recently, I wrote about the low-profile Aerotecture wind turbines, which are designed to be installed on the rooftops of city buildings. Now I’ve heard of another rooftop wind turbine under development. It’s called the Helyx Wind Generator, and it’s composed of two twisted wings of fiberglass that rotate around a vertical axis. The turbine is also colored bright green, which …

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$14 Million From DOE For Plug-In Hybrids

by Justin Thomas •

This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will provide up to $14 million in funding plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery development. This research aims to find solutions to improving battery performance so vehicles can deliver up to 40 miles of electric range without recharging. This would include most round-trip daily commutes. Plug-in hybrid electric car …