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U.S. Bank building achieves LEED gold

The tallest office building in Idaho is now officially a green building. The U.S. Bank Plaza, a 20-story Class-A office tower in downtown Boise, recently earned a Gold rating from the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and ...

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Idaho Smart Growth calls for nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the sixth annual Grow Smart awards, given by Idaho Smart Growth. According to a press release, “Idaho Smart Growth’s Grow Smart awards recognize the innovative work of communities, builders, planners, architects, organizations, and developers ...

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UPDATED: Payette delays AEHI decision (access required)

While the company proposing a nuclear power plant expected a preliminary decision related to their application April 12, Payette County commissioners delayed that decision until April 26. In the fall of 2009, Eagle-based AEHI asked Payette County to amend its ...

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Nonresidential construction gains jobs for first time since ’08

The nonresidential construction sector in March saw its first monthly increase in employment since 2008, gaining 9,400 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the April 2 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. Year-over-year, the nonresidential construction sector ...

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Builders attempt zero-energy homes in Boise (access required)

Two homebuilders are finishing homes in Boise with the same aim: Energy neutrality. Translation: They’re building homes that theoretically will produce as much energy as they consume in a given year. While both use solar panels to produce energy, there ...

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Interstate rehab begins near Burley

Knife River Inc. of Boise and Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. of Draper, Utah, have begun preliminary work on two portions of Interstate-84 east of Burley. Knife River’s portion of the project runs between the Burley and Declo interchanges and ...

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