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Is it possible for a group of the world's most respected environmental scientists to truly practice what they preach? Can their expertise in climate change help them in transforming an old house and its nine acres into their new office building and campus - a building that is as energy efficient as possible, uses local materials,and generates all of the energy it consumes?
In this book, the director of the renowned Woods Hole Research Center tells a story that will interest anyone who has ever tried to build green. When the WHRC needed a new administration building, its scientists and staff decided that the building should utilize "state-of-the-shelf" green building techniques and materials. However, the new office had to conform with the laws and building codes of the time, and with materials that were then available. Woodwell also puts the building in a larger context, not only within the work of the Center and the tradition of Woods Hole, but in the global need to minimize our carbon emissions and overall environmental impact.
Building a world that works requires rethinking how we design, reuse, and live in the built environment while preserving the functional integrity of the landscape.