October 2008 Table of Contents

Features
Raw Materials: VinylRaw Materials Raw Materials: Vinyl

PVC is a common yet controversial plastic used in construction. See how it's made and what happens at the end of its life. Read more

Life in a Fishbowl

Two new LEED-rated dormitories at the Illinois Institute of Technology will monitor energy used by every person in real time?using electronic fish. Read more

Tales From the Downturn, Part Four: Dan ProbstTales From the Downturn, Part Four: Dan Probst

According to Dan Probst of Jones Lang LaSalle, the recession will not hurt green construction. In fact, the new economic climate makes it a necessity. Read more

Suffragette CitySuffragette City

The restoration of City Hall in University City, Mo., not only aimed to reclaim the building's Beaux Arts past but also to establish its energy-efficient future. Read more

Book Excerpt: Big Box ReuseBook Excerpt: Big Box Reuse

As stores like Wal-Mart and Kmart leave one large structure for a larger one, communities around the country are finding creative uses for the buildings left behind. An excerpt from Julia Christensen's new book, Big Box Reuse. Read more

Promise vs. Performance: A Deeper Shade of GreenPromise vs. Performance: A Deeper Shade of Green

LEED certification is suposed to free a building from being a drain on our energy resources. But how well do those ratings reflect actual performance? Read more

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