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Low Income Housing Projects Go Green
Thanks to federal tax credits and cost-cutting measures, more affordable housing projects are being built green using non-toxic materials, energy-efficient appliances, and other environmental features including green roofs and solar panels. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, investors are becoming more sensitive to the benefits of energy savings when it comes to lowering costs and increasing cash flows. The newspaper quoted Dana Bourland, vice president of Maryland-based nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners Inc., which helps finance affordable housing projects, who explained that constructing green buildings makes financial sense because they offer lower water and energy bills and lower tenant turnover rates. Bourland predicted that by 2020 the affordable housing industry will be 100 percent green.
Wood Composite and Veneer Processing Symposium Coming This Spring
A joint international symposium for wood composites and veneer processing and products is set for April 5-7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. Co-sponsored by Washington State University, APA, and FPInnovations, the joint meeting is a combination of WSU’s International Wood Composite Symposium and the biannual International Symposium on Veneer Processing and Products. Agenda topics for the event include: raw material availability; life cycle assessment; fiber, strand, and veneer processing; particle board, MDF, OSB, plywood, and LVL manufacturing; specialty products; equipment and resin technology; product performance and standards; market and trade issues; and integrated technologies.
Center for Green Schools Shaping the Future
The recently created Center for Green Schools is at work defining the future of educational facilities. United Technologies Corp. is the founding sponsor of the initiative, which aims to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. According to the Center’s founder – the U.S. Green Building Council – the United States is home to nearly 140,000 schools, colleges and universities. Although the buildings have never officially been counted, thousands are barely built to code. The Center intends to inform school leaders about the benefits of healthy, high-performing schools and provide students with sustainable learning environments.
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