Table of Contents Fall-Product-Spec-Guide 2008




  • Brian Ripel

    A café in brooklyn shows the potential of a close relationship between architect, client, contractor, and subcontractors.



  • Deciphering Ecolabels

    Understanding how product certification contributes to greener buildings.

  • Enter the Dragon

    The production and export of more advanced architectural products like glass curtain-wall systems reflects a new direction for Chinese companies.

  • The Light Fantastic

    Building skins become truly dynamic, thanks to new LED technology.

  • 13 Research Teams Receive $3 Million in Grants

    The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Green Building Research Fund has awarded over $3 million in grants to support research in sustainable building practices.

  • Cement Learns a Few New Tricks

    A plant that uses the pollution from a power plant or other factory to create green cement, with a natural inspiration.

  • 2008 Green Building Competition Winners Announced

    The 2008 Green Building Competition for New York City, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the New York City Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, announced the winners of its third competition in September.

  • Maharam and Eames Office Settle Copyright Infringement Suit

    Eames Office and Maharam have settled a lawsuit they filed last January against Swavelle/Mill Creek Fabrics and Easthill Hotel Corp. for copyright infringement and unfair competition arising from the use of the Dot Pattern in the Pod Hotel in New York.

  • Chain Reaction

    Retail stores rush to put solar panels on their rooftops.

  • Samples



Case Studies

  • Juliet Rice Wichman Botanical Research Center

    Dean Sakamoto Architects designed the research center at the National Tropical Botanical Garden to be both hurricane-resistant and the first LEED building on Kauai.

  • Lux Art Institute

    Renzo Zecchetto Architects planned this art center to have minimal impact on the surrounding area.

  • RTKL Offices

    In its new office in the off beat Borg-Warner Building, RTKL set an example for its clients by designing a collaborative modern space, with a conscience.