Table of Contents 2009

 
  • Recycled Fibers Make Low-VOC Textiles

    KnollTextiles' Harmony Collection includes four styles featuring recycled content.

     
  • Deck Board Uses Recycled Aluminum

    Wahoo Decks' AridDek is a waterproof aluminum deck board.

     
  • Wetland System Reuses Water

    The Living Machine from Worrell Water Technologies is a decentralized, on-site ecological wastewater treatment and reuse system.

     
  • Light Shelf Brings Daylight Deep Into Interiors

    The Luminance light shelf from YKK AP is made of aluminum extrusions and a honeycomb core panel with a highly reflective surface that diffuses daylight deep into inteiror spaces.

     
  • Solar Awning System Is Motorized

    Tendal One, manufactured by Durasol Awnings Inc., is a motorized, retractable solar awning system designed for balconies, decks, verandas, terraces, and roof gardens.

     
  • greening phoenix

    Dr. Robert Melnick, executive dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, discusses the Green Phoenix plan.

     
  • listening to the land

    The fundamental principals of landscape architecture and site design are now resonating with developers, investors, and corporate users and in turn, also are influencing building design.

     
  • The Athena Institute EcoCalculator for Assemblies Addresses Life Cycle Assessment Results

    The online calculator, commissioned by the Green Building Initiative, is for use with the Green Globes system.

     
  • Autodesk Examines The Challenges Of Retrofitting With An Online Game

    RETROFITS is part quiz show, part speed game that tasks players with retrofitting an existing building to be more energy efficient.

     
  • Tempered Glass Helps Earn LEED Credits

    The new VOC-free EcoGlass is the latest line of textured architectural glass from Bendheim.

     
  • Extra Panel Adds Building Insulation

    Quad-Lock’s new Extra Panel integrates with other Quad-Lock components to increase an insulation system’s R-Value (as high as R-84 with reinforced concrete walls) and make the most of the thermal mass capacity of a concrete structure.

     
  • Soy Adhesive Holds Bamboo Together

    Smith & Fong Co. has developed a new soy-based adhesive to use with its line of Plyboo bamboo plywood and flooring.

     
  • Recycled Fibers Make Low-VOC Textiles

    KnollTextiles' Harmony Collection includes four styles featuring recycled content.

     
  • Deck Board Uses Recycled Aluminum

    Wahoo Decks' AridDek is a waterproof aluminum deck board.

     
  • Wetland System Reuses Water

    The Living Machine from Worrell Water Technologies is a decentralized, on-site ecological wastewater treatment and reuse system.

     
  • Light Shelf Brings Daylight Deep Into Interiors

    The Luminance light shelf from YKK AP is made of aluminum extrusions and a honeycomb core panel with a highly reflective surface that diffuses daylight deep into inteiror spaces.

     
  • Solar Awning System Is Motorized

    Tendal One, manufactured by Durasol Awnings Inc., is a motorized, retractable solar awning system designed for balconies, decks, verandas, terraces, and roof gardens.

     
  • greening phoenix

    Dr. Robert Melnick, executive dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, discusses the Green Phoenix plan.

     
  • Listening to the Land

    The fundamental principals of landscape architecture and site design are now resonating with developers, investors, and corporate users and in turn, also are influencing building design.

     
  • Architectural Umbrellas Provide Shade

    Birdair’s architectural umbrellas are pre-assembled and can be installed on most surfaces

     
  • Software Monitors Building’s Savings

    Quality Attributes Software’s iBPortal Intelligent Building Management tool helps track environmental and financial savings

     
  • Ceramic Tile Converts Pollution

    Ceracasa partners with Pantheon Floor Solutions to bring Bionictile to the U.S. market

     
  • Gypsum Board Withstands Abuse

    Temple-Inland’s ComfortGuard line of Gypsum board, designed to protect against abuse,

     
  • Commercial Inverter Family Grows

    PV Powered Inc. has added the PVP260kW to its family of commercial solar inverters.

     
  • A Santiary Base for Heatlhcare

    Nora Systems now offers a 6-inch sanitary base for healthcare designs.

     
  • Hardwood Tiles Are VOC Free

    Tate’s new engineered hardwood tiles are made of 3-mm-thick natural wood laminate bonded to an 11-mm-thick Versacore wood veneer backer.

     
  • Building Information Modeling Provides Consistency in Data Collection and Maintenance

    BIM processes allow facility managers to consistently collect and manage information and potentially decrease construction time and costs

     
  • Glass Replaces Exotic Wood for Cabinet Maker ALNO

    Cabinet maker ALNO has addressed the issues of illegal logging and insufficient forest management by creating a glass alternative to exotic wood veneer.

     
  • India-Inspired Fabrics Use Post-Consumer Fibers

    Sina Pearson Textiles incorporate recycled polyester into their eco-friendly Indian Summer line of fabrics.

     
  • Variable Speeds Produce HVAC Savings

    ITT’s Bell & Gossett brand used updated hardware, pumping software, and algorithms to create the Technologic 502 variable speed pump controller for energy-efficient HVAC systems.

     
  • Gerflor adds cork to vinyl

    Gerflor has begun adding cork to the back of its vinyl tile line, Saga2.

     
  • School furniture earns Greenguard certification

    Several of Bretford Manufacturing’s classroom and office furniture has received Greenguard certification for Indoor Air Quality and for Children and Schools.

     
  • Panel Matches Laminates

    Englert Environmental unveiled its SunNet Blue standing seam panel and flat sheet coating that match the color of its SunNet Building Integrated Photovoltaics, a standing seam roofing technology.

     
  • Toilet Has Back Outlet

    Caroma has released the Sydney Smart back outlet high-efficiency dual-flush toilet, which is WaterSense labeled to deliver high-performance and water savings.

     
  • Generation Green

    Sean Miller, education director of Earth Day Network, discusses the group’s goal of greening America’s schools in a generation.

     
  • Capitalizing on the Green Economy

    The recent passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has appropriated billions of dollars to support green-building projects.

     
  • New Motifs Added to Lines

    Stacy Garcia Inc. has introduced four new motifs to its Lexmark Carpet Mill and York Wall Covering lines.

     
  • Window Film Designed For External Installation

    Two new Outside Weatherable window films from Solar Gard are designed for external installations.

     
  • Chair Is Lightweight

    Humanscale’s Diffrient World chair is made from eight major parts and weighs less than 25 pounds (11 kg).

     
  • Technology Includes Dimming Ballasts

    Lutron’s EcoSystem technology has expanded to include digital dimming ballasts for T4 compact fluorescent lamps.

     
  • 03/23/09 removed GreenGlass imprint from back of board

    Gypsum Board Contains Recycled Content

    GreenGlass fiberglass-faced interior gypsum board from the Temple-Inland GreenGlass family of products contains at least 90 percent recycled content.

     
  • WiFi Device Is Solar Powered

    Meraki released Meraki Solar, a WiFi mesh device that is powered by its own solar panel and solar-charged battery.

     
  • Energy Harvester Eliminates Battery Need

    The PMG37 vibration energy harvester from Perpetuum Ltd. converts unused mechanical vibration into electrical energy to power wireless sensor systems used to monitor critical systems.

     
  • Sensors Log Measurements

    Veris Industries manufactures a range of plug-in AC current sensors for use with HOBO U12-006 data loggers from Onset Computer Corp.

     
  • Tile Size Is Expanded

    Estrie, a division of American Biltrite Ltd., offers a new 18- by 18-inch tile in its Viera line. The new size carries the Viera line benefits and standards, including no PVCs or VOCs, a 12dB acoustic rating, and 20 color options.

     
  • Nature-inspired Textiles Incorporate Recycled Content

    Comprising six patterns, the Bright Side collection from Carnegie is woven from 100 percent post-consumer polyester and is finished with Cradle to Cradle-certified Nanotex Resist Stains and Durablock, an antimony-free 100 percent polyester barrier.

     
  • Roofing System Reduces Heat Gain and Cooling Loads

    Birdair Inc. now offers SHEERFILL Architectural Membrane, a translucent fabric membrane that is recognized by the Cool Roof Rating Council and Energy Star.

     
  • Curriculum Is Updated

    The National Center for Construction Education and Research, Gainesville, Fla., has updated its curriculum for “Your Role in the Green Environment” to include LEED Version 3 and a Training Course Study Guide: Preparation for Green Advantage Exam.

     
  • White Paper Details Energy Challenges

    A new white paper from Portland Energy Conservation Inc., Portland, Ore., “Wiring the Smart Grid for Energy Savings: Integrating Buildings to Maximize Investment,” by PECI technical director Hannah Friedman, asserts the materialization of building energy savings is critical to making the smart grid...

     
  • Toilet Integrates Sink

    Caroma has introduced the Profile Smart HET, which incorporates a sink into the lid of the toilet tank for increased water savings in the bathroom.

     
  • Chair Integrates Post-consumer Material

    Otis by Harter from izzy is a hybrid between a side and lounge chair featuring a molded piece of Petra thermoplastic polyester from 100 percent post-consumer material.

     
  • Architectural Fabric is Recyclable

    Kenafine by Birdair is a recyclable architectural fabric membrane that allows tensile structures to be fully recycled into paper products at the end of their lifecycle.

     
  • Upholstery Made With Post-consumer Content

    Carnegie has introduced The Bright Side collection of high-performance upholsteries that are woven from 100 percent post-consumer polyester and finished with antimony-free, 100 percent polyester Durab

     
  • Fan-Coil Units Available Commercially

    Johnson Controls now offers fan-coil units for commercial and light-commercial HVAC systems that are available from 250 to 2,000 CFM, with exposed or concealed cabinets in vertical and horizontal conf

     
  • Lavatories Made From Bio-Material

    Sloan Valve Co. has released its new Drain Deck and Bio-Deck style SloanStone solid-surface lavatory systems.

     
  • Glass Panels Have Low-E Coating

    Pittsburgh Corning has expanded its LightWise Architectural Systems to include energy-efficient glass block panels.

     
  • Roof Hatch Made From Recycled Material

    The Bilco Co.’s new thermally enhanced performance roof hatch is energy efficient and composed of recycled corrosion-resistant aluminum with a fully insulated cover and curb.

     
  • System Provides Natatorium Dehumidification

    Munters Ventilation Pool unit is an enhanced energy recovery system for natatorium dehumidification.

     
  • Community Center

    Joel Mills, director of the Center for Communities by Design, shares his thoughts about the role community development can play in creating livable communities and a healthy planet.

     
  • Absolute Zero

    In the ongoing quest to decrease the impact buildings have on the environment, we have begun to hear more about the concept of net-zero-energy buildings.

     
  • Outdoor Learning Environments

    Progressive Design Playgrounds' Outdoor Learning Environments extend the classroom into the outdoors, allowing children to explore their surroundings with sight, hearing, touch and smell.

     
  • Pure Temp

    Pure Temp, developed by Entropy Solutions, is a phase-change technology that is designed to be incorporated into insulation, floors, walls, ceiling tiles and HVAC systems.

     
  • Parking-Lot Lighting System

    Orion Energy Systems Inc.’s parking-lot lighting system uses fluorescent lamps that reduce energy consumption by 50 percent or more while increasing light levels in comparison to highintensity- discharge lights used in most parking lots.

     
  • The EnviroReady Roofing System

    The EnviroReady Roofing System from Firestone Building Products Co. LLC can be upgraded with environmental technologies, including photovoltaic and vegetated systems, up to seven years after installation.

     
  • The Eco-Clear 2003

    The Eco-Clear 2003 by Active Safety Corp. is an edge-lit, photoluminescent, glow-in-the-dark exit sign.

     
  • Ashland-e Gaia Blends Mosaic Tile From Hakatai

    Ashland-e Gaia Blends mosaic tile from Hakatai comprises 30 to 70 percent glass from bottles and other waste glass.

     
  • The MRS-Envi-RO 600 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System

    Everpure LLC has developed the MRS-Envi-RO 600 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System for commercial buildings.

     
  • Veneer Wrap

    Contact Industries’ veneer wrap is available in a variety of options, including cherry, alder, sapele, teak and others.

     
  • Tierra

    Armstrong Ceilings has introduced Tierra, a rapidly renewable acoustical ceiling tile.

     
  • IntelliStrong

    IntelliStrong is the newest addition to PV Powered’s line of smart-string combiner boxes.

     
  • Nativebamboo

    Nativebamboo, a new addition to the Nativemesh family of mesh products from GKD, combines natural bamboo with the elegance of woven stainless steel.

     
  • The EcoPlus And EcoStep Matting Systems

    The EcoPlus and EcoStep matting systems from Crown Mats and Matting are made from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate plastic.

     
  • Capitol Idea

    During the last presidential campaign, lobbyists took a lot of heat from candidates and the media. The word “lobbyist” conjured images of sneaky special interests cozying up to Washington, D.C., fat cats to push their agendas. In fact, one of the first acts of the new Obama administration was aimed...

     
  • Climate for Change

    During the past decade, climate change steadily has moved up the political agenda. Now, with a new administration in Washington, D.C., that has demonstrated a clear commitment to action, comprehensive climate-change legislation appears ripe for passage within the next couple of years. As a result...

     
  • Doctors

    Flooring Resembles Hardwood

    LG Floors’ NATURELIFE is durable commercial sheet flooring designed to withstand heavy traffic.

     
  • Paints Are Eco-Friendly

    Kelly-Moore Paint Co. Inc. has introduced two zero-VOC, low-odor paint lines. Enviro Coat is a 100 percent acrylic interior paint that can be tinted in myriad custom colors.

     
  • Carpet Contains Sustainable Fiber

    Zeftron nylon and BOLYU Contract have introduced Strut, a commercial broadloom carpet that is manufactured with MBDC Cradle to Cradle-certified Zeftron nylon.

     
  • LED Intensity Can Be Controlled

    The Infrared OSTAR Lighting LED from OSRAM Opto is composed of six thin-film chips and a hemispherical lens, producing 3.5 watts of optical output power.

     
  • Lightweight Concrete for Architectural Panels

    Sonoma Cast Stone has made its Classic Concrete and NuCrete versions of EarthCrete available for architectural-panel applications.

     
  • Commercial Glass Product Has Low SHGC

    AGC Flat Glass North America has made available its Ti-AC 23 low-E, energy-efficient glass product for commercial buildings.

     
  • Pavers Are Rubber and Plastic

    VAST Enterprises LLC has introduced its VAST Permeable Composite Pavers, which consist of 95 percent post-consumer scrap automobile tires and gallon-size plastic containers.

     
  • Wireless System Controls Lighting

    Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.‘s GRAFIK Eye QS Wireless system integrates with Lutron light and shade products for complete light control in a space.

     
  • Wall System Provides Thermal Barrier

    Dow Building Solutions has introduced the THERMAX Wall System for use on commercial steel-stud buildings.

     
  • Urinals Realize Water Savings

    The High-Performance-Composite no-water urinals from Waterless Co. Inc. realize water savings of up to 45,000 gallons (170345 L) per year.

     
  • Lighting Features Recycled Components

    Lightlink Lighting’s Azure Suspension light is made of layers of recycled aluminum plates, azure, and clear acrylic and dichroic film.

     
  • Sensors Provide Energy Savings

    Square D Commercial Grade wall-switch occupancy sensors from Schneider Electric provide energy savings for commercial buildings.

     
  • Siding Has Recycled-paper Base

    KlipTech has introduced EcoClad exterior cladding for commercial and residential applications.

     
  • SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

    Harvest Rainwater Easily

    Englert Environmental has unveiled the Englert Rainwater Harvesting System that integrates Englert Inc.’s metal roofing and rainware products with rainwater-harvesting technology.

     
  • Vini, Vidi, Vegetated

    Steven W. Peck, founder and president of Toronto-based nonprofit association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, shares his thoughts about the benefits of vegetated roofs.

     
  • Shedding Light on Technology

    There are more benefits than drawbacks to these quickly growing lighting technologies.

     
  • A Huff and a Puff

    Continuous air barriers must be designed, constructed and tested to help achieve building energy efficiency.

     
  • Water Heaters

    McQuay scroll-compressor Templifier water heaters recover waste heat to make it available for space heating and domestic hot water.

     
  • AQUS Greywater System

    Sloan Valve Co.’s AQUS Greywater System reclaims greywater from bathroom drains and reuses it in toilets.

     
  • Fabrics

    O Ecotextiles manufactures fabrics for the commercial and residential design industries.

     
  • Green Roof Waterproofing System

    Green Roof Waterproofing System from Dow Hyperlast comprises a primer, elastomeric membrane and robust wear coat to combine performance with installation and usage flexibility.

     
  • SofTrace Luminaires

    SofTrace luminaires from Day-Brite Lighting can create energy savings of about 30 percent through a concealed lamp center panel with 95 percent efficiency.

     
  • Wall Base Colors

    Nora systems Inc. has expanded its nora wall base to 70 standard colors to appeal to designers, architects, contractors and installers.

     
  • Cool Roof Tile Line

    Eagle Roofing Products’ Cool Roof Tile line for commercial and residential applications reflects sunlight and helps prevent heat transfer into a building, resulting in energy savings and less work for air-conditioning units.

     
  • Sensor Technology

    EnOcean wireless technology can generate a strong signal from a small amount of energy to power sensor technology for occupancy sensors and lights.

     
  • UnderFloorSox

    UnderFloorSox from DuctSox is an air-dispersion system designed to reduce thermal decay and improve temperature consistency within the plenum for underfloor-air-distribution systems in retrofit and new-construction commercial buildings.