bridges vol. 15, Sept 2007 / Noteworthy Information
A ranch near Crawford, Texas: Designed by architecture professor David Heyman from the University of Texas at Austin, this house incorporates every "green" feature currently available.
Geothermal heat pumps draw groundwater that heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels and requires only one-quarter the electricity of a conventional construction. A 25,000 gallon underground cistern stores rainwater and purified wastewater. The collected water then irrigates the surrounding land.
The owner of the property is – President George W. Bush. Surely, energy efficiency is becoming a hot topic in the US.
Booming green technology
→ Back to the future – “Zukunftsreise GRÜNES BAUEN USA”
The Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago and the US Commercial Service in Vienna are organizing a trip to Chicago from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10. An Austrian delegation will leave Vienna to explore market opportunities at the Greenbuild expo, discover “green” Chicago, and meet experts in the field. The trip is co-financed by the The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor (BMWA) in the framework of the initiative “go international.”
For further information or if interested in meeting with the Austrian delegation, please contact Daniela Koll from the Austrian Trade Commission.
The demand for more energy-efficient houses is on the increase. Companies like Hall Quality Homes and Thistlewood Timber Frame Homes lead the movement: They are building more and more “green” houses.
The National Association of Home Builders is pushing this trend. A recent study suggests that by 2010 every second new construction will deploy green technologies. Compared to the present 2 percent share, this will be a whopping increase.
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