Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2004 newsletter
from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy
this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "Nothing is as simple as we hope
it will be." - Jim Horning
the season to recycle
So now that all the presents have been opened and
all the food has been eaten we are ready to move
into the New Year. But before the tree, used Christmas
cards and empty food containers hits the trash,
be sure to check out local recycling programs.
Real Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe can
be recycled into mulch. Look out for local drop
off programs. Take holiday cards to recycle centers
(and don't forget about all those mailers and
newspapers) or use them to make next season's
cards. Next year, if you do buy any, look out
for recycled ones.
Soda cans, fruit cans, coffee tins can all be
recycled. Don't worry about separating aluminum
and steel, the machines will take care of it.
Glass jars and bottles should always be recycled.
Glass can be recycled again and again without
losing quality, so it is important to keep it
out of landfills.
Check the 'Featured Links' (on the right) to
find programs for your recycling needs. Article
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On Nov 21, 2003, Congress voted 57-40 to block the
energy bill that would have given many tax credits
including the $14.5 billion in tax breaks for fossil-fuel
industries and increased oil and gas drilling on
public lands. Supports were only 2 votes shy of
the needed number to bring this issue to a final
Those opposing the bill were optimistic that
this is a good step. "For the moment we've killed
it," Robert F. Kennedy Jr., senior attorney for
the Natural Resources Defense Council, said. "And
it's a huge victory for all the environmental
community and the American people."
Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid, D-Nev also stated,
"This bill was going nowhere, we just did it quickly
rather than prolong it... It is inevitable, this
bill is history." But Majority Leader Bill Frist,
R-Tenn., vowed to persist. "This will not be the
last vote on this bill," he said. "We're going
to keep voting until we pass it and get it to
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The Tricom Building, located in Pasadena, CA, was
recently completed by the Yorkshire Development.
The commercial building is not only multifunctional
in its design - office, showroom and warehouse space,
but also distinctive in its many sustainable and
environmentally sound features. Yorkshire Development
is currently assembling the required documentation
for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) certification, the rating system of the United
States Green Building Council (USGBC). Once approved,
The Tricom Building will be the first LEED certified
building in the San Gabriel Valley.
Some of its many sustainable features include:
Green-E certified, renewable power; low or no
VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives; recycled
materials; daylighting enhanced by the installation
of a solar tube, skylights, and glass blocks;
Energy Star appliances; construction waste management
plan implemented to divert construction waste
from landfills; and 88% of underground parking
to reduce urban heat island effect. In total,
the building currently exceeds Title 24 by 23%
through use of high efficiency lighting, R-38
formaldehyde free insulation, dual glazed windows,
energy efficient HVAC system, day lighting and
a passive solar design. The addition of a 31kw
AC photovoltaic system, the building exceeds Title
24 by 57%.
Adding character to the building, several materials
for the building were salvaged. The door to the
conference room was salvaged from a 1920s hotel,
the marble countertop in the executive restroom
was salvaged from the old Santa Fe Rail Station
in Los Angeles, the marble countertop in the men's
room was also salvaged, and some of the tile in
the building was reused from Pasadena Showcase
Picture © Yorkshire Development. Reference: Annie
Argento, Yorkshire Development, 2003.
about the Yorkshire Development...