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It’s Not Easy Building Green

The Christian Science Monitor reports on a green building project in Chicago that uses cork scraps, recycled tires and salvaged pickle barrels among its more eclectic building materials. From a practical, energy efficiency standpoint, though, about US$30,000 in “annual utility costs will be saved by using things like special thermal windows that can actually be opened to reduce heating and cooling costs. Sensors turn on lights only when and where the skylights don’t let in enough light.” Sounds good to us.