Table of Contents 2010

  • Two New Guides Offer Guidance on Sustainable Building

    ASHRAE offers the third edition of its GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings, while the U.S. Green Concrete Council releases its second guide on concrete sustainability.

  • NSF International Launches Sustainable Product Assurance Services

    The program aims to verify products' environmental and social claims.

  • Trend USA Liberty Collection

    Trend USA has introduced seven new combinations of hand-cut, post-consumer recycled Liberty Collection glass mosaics.

  • Knauff Insulation KISS

    Knauff Insulation has introduced the Knauff Insulation and Sealing System (KISS), which is a combination of EcoSeal, Water-Based Elastomeric Sealant, and EcoBatt Insulation or Jet Stream Ultra Premium Blowing Insulation.

  • Panda Windows and Doors Slider Door

    The S. 83 slider door from Panda Windows & Doors is a slim profile aluminum multi-slide glass door with a thermally broken profile and frame.

  • Hunter Douglas Contract

    GreenScreen Revive is made from 100 percent PVC-free polyester.

  • Lutron Venetian Blinds

    Intelligent Tilt Alignment assists with tilt and lift positions, independent control of blinds, and preset heights and tilt angles for blinds.

  • Armstrong TechZone Ceilings

    The company’s TechZone Ceiling System is now compatible with both LED lighting and chilled-beam technologies.

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    Money Matters

    One of HOK's sustainable-design specialists describes the process of searching for and incorporating green building incentives into projects.

  • Wallquest Brasilia

    The Brasilia wallpaper collection from Wallquest draws inspiration from leaves, grasses, tree bark, and other natural elements.

  • Redeux, by Trove, is a PVC-free commercial grade wallcovering that contains 31 percent post-consumer recycled material. It contributes to enhanced indoor air quality because of its high level of breathability and resistance to mold and mildew with no harmful gas emissions. The company offers a reclamation program for Redeux in which excess material or waste can be sent back to Trove for reuse and recycling.; 212.268.2046.

    Trove Redeux

    Redeux, by Trove, is a PVC-free commercial grade wallcovering that contains 31% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • The Dimension Walls line by MDC Wallcoverings offers 3D wallcovering options that create distinct accents and add texture to a room. Two new additions to the zero-VOC lineElliptical and Hammeredbring the total texture options up to nine. Designers can choose from 28 standard finishes, some of which are half postindustrial recycled content. The panels have an overlapping lip to create an almost seamless wall application.; 847.437.4000.

    MDC Wallcoverings Dimension Walls

    The Dimension Walls line by MDC Wallcoverings offers 3D wallcovering options that create distinct accents and add texture to a room.

  • Knight Wall Systems has launched CI-Girt, a rainscreen system that accommodates continuous rigid insulation on the exterior to increase a structures energy efficiency. The adaptable system eliminates the need to manually cut and fit insulation around girts and allows for cladding attachment over continuous insulation.; 509.262.0104.

    Knight Wall Systems CI-Girt

    Knight Wall Systems has launched the CI-Girt, a rainscreen system that accommodates continuous rigid insulation on the exterior to increase the structure’s energy efficiency.

  • Kawneer Versoleil SunShades

    Kawneer Co., an Alcoa business, has introduced Versoleil SunShades. Beginning with the Single Blade SunShade System, Versoleil SunShades offer a broad range of versatile products.

  • Waterfall Damask from Cirqa captures the richness of natural fibers through 12 saturated colors ranging from complex neutrals to mid-tones. Colors incorporate a glint of metallic gold or silver that pays homage to antique royal textures. The wallcovering is available with 20 percent recycled content as part of Versas Second-Look technology, which recycles post-consumer vinyl wallcovering into new product. Made of low-VOC type II vinyl with Osnaburg backing, the wallcovering measures 52 inches by 54 inches, and uses water-based inks and adhesives.; 502.458.1502.

    Cirqa Waterfall Damask

    Waterfall Damask from Cirqa captures the richness of natural fibers through twelve saturated colors ranging from complex neutrals to mid-tones such as aqua to earth tones.

  • Accoya Solid Wood

    Accoya wood is a solid wood product for outdoor applications such as cladding, decking, and more.

  • Moen Eco-Performance Shower System

    Moen’s commercial division has released five new Eco-Performance shower systems that offer a 36 percent water savings compared to standard shower systems.

  • Designtex Affinity Collection

    The Affinity collection is Designtex’s newest offering in recycled content wallcoverings.

  • Sun Valley Lighting VLED Optical Modules

    Sun Valley Lighting’s VLED Optical Modules feature Philips/Lumileds Luxeon Rebel emitters to deliver full-spectrum illumination.

  • Green Procurement Toolkit Launched

    The California Sustainability Alliance offers the Local Government Green Procurement Toolkit and Guide to help governments adopt environmentally friendly procurement plans.

  • Noritz America MR-2 Commercial Racking System

    The prefabricated MR-2 Commercial Racking System from Noritz America is designed for outdoor flat rooftops and indoor mechanical room applications.

  • HomerWood Reclaimed American Oak

    HomerWood Premium Hardwood Flooring has added 100% Reclaimed American Oak to its collection of flooring.

  • Kawneer Trifab Sunshade

    Kawneer Co. Inc. has introduced its Trifab SunShade as an option for the company’s Trifab 451 and Trifab 451T Storefront framing systems.

  • Legislation for National Renewable Electricity Standard Introduced

    The proposed Renewable Electricity Promotion Act of 2010 would require utilities to produce at least 11 percent of their power from renewable sources.

  • Major League Green

    Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, talks about the greening of professional sports.

  • Systems Integration

    Green Roofs for Healthy Cities explores the potential of collaboration between green roofs and roof-mounted solar panels.

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    Sensitile Scintilla

    Each Sensitile Scintilla panel is internally structured to have thousands of light conducting channels.

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    Hunter Douglas Contract Techstyle Canvas

    Techstyle Canvas from Hunter Douglas Contract is an acoustical ceiling tile system.

  • GE Hybrid Water Heater

    GE’s hybrid water heater consumes up to 62 percent less energy than a standard electric water heater.

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    Dri-Design Ombrae

    Dri-Design’s Ombrae Imaging Technology uses an advanced computer software system to cut 3-D pixels into panels.

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    Armstrong Cirrus HRC

    Armstrong has increased the total recycled content of its Cirrus HRC Square Lay-In and Cirrus HRC Tegular ceiling panels to 82 percent; the Ultima HRC Tegular has a recycled content of 80 percent.

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    Amtico International Metals

    Metals, by Amitco International, features a rippled, beaten texture and six metal shades: gold leaf, coin, fuse, foil, tin, and shot.

  • Lessons in High Performance

    Bill Orr, executive director of the Collaborative for High-Performance Schools, talks about upgrading the sustainability of today's learning environments.

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    Ready To Tip?

    An industry consultant and strategists asks: Is LEEDigation--litigation involving the green building certification process--about to rise?

  • Móz Designs Decorative Panels

    Móz Designs' decorative perforated panels are constructed from 80 percent post-industrial recycled aluminum and are designed for use in interior retail and commercial applications.

  • Sheffield Metals SOLR

    Sheffield Metals International’s SOLR solar standing seam roof system comes in 3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 and 120 kilowatt standard system sizes.

  • Caroma Invisi Series II

    Caroma’s Invisi Series II wall-hung and wall-faced toilet suites feature plumbing hidden inside the wall to create a roomier and more luxurious look suited for smaller bathrooms.

  • The ABCs of IAQ

    Exploring the importance of indoor air quality in sustainable building and design.

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    Ahrend 601 Bench

    Ahrend's 601 Bench is available in three versions, two made from recycled compressed beech hardwood and one made from partially recycled aluminum alloy.

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    Smith & Fong Co. Sideways

    Sideways is Smith & Fong’s first venture into hardwood flooring.

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    Richlite Co. Cascade Collection

    These paper composite surfaces feature solid-color tops with two- or three-tone edges in six color schemes.

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    Karastan Tuscany Fields

    Karastan, a brand of the Mohawk Group, has debuted Tuscany Fields, a broadloom inspired by the hills and grapevines of the Italian region.

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    InterfaceFLOR AxTile Too

    AxTile Too is a carpet tile collection boasting saturated color and patterns.

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    Armstrong Migrations Bio-Based Tile

    Bio-Based tile, or BBT, uses a polymer called BioStride that contains bio-based rapidly renewable ingredients.

  • Healthy Choices

    Kathy Gerwig, vice president of workplace safety and environmental stewardship officer for Kaiser Permanente talks about how healthcare organizations are reducing their environmental footprints.

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    (Air) Quality Control

    A principal from Perkins+Will explores the challenges of clearing the air and reducing waste in healthcare settings.

  • Viracon Virspan Design Distinction Series

    This new series adds four patterns to Viracon’s Viraspan Design silk-screen line of architectural glass.

  • Temple-Inland GreenGlass Tile Backer

    Temple-Inland's GreenGlass Tile Backer, an addition to the company's GreenGlass family of products, features a built-in moisture-blocking acrylic coating that resists water penetration through its surface.

  • Johnsonite Ecolibrium Rubber Wall Base

    Using a patent-pending compound, Johnsonite's Ecolibirium rubber wall base combines rubber and olefin with a natural filler of walnut and oyster shells to reduce the amount of colorant and fillers needed in the product.

  • NanaWall Bird-Protection Ornilux Glass

    NanaWall introduces a solution to minimize bird collisions with Ornilux Glass.

  • 3form Loft + V3

    This loft system is designed to function with the 3form V3 panel system or non-solar panels from the 3form Koda XT collection.

  • The Lighting Quotient fraqtir

    The Lighting Quotient presents its first LED architectural lighting with the fraqtir cove fixture

  • Kawneer Trifab 451Ultra Thermal Framing System

    Kawneer’s most recent addition to the Trifab series.

  • Vast Enterprises Composite Pavers  Vast Composite Pavers are now available in a 4-inch-by-8-inch size, making them better suited for commercial hardscapes, such as parking garages, walkways, and plazas, says the company. The composite blend is made up of 95-percent recycled car tires and plastic containers. The new pavers weigh less than 9 pounds per square foot and come in a new grid system, made from the same material as the pavers, that enables contractors to more easily align and set the pavers. According to the company, the new pavers reduce the number of pieces needed per square foot by 44 percent, compared to Vasts original 3-inch-by-6-inch pavers.; 612.234.8958.

    Vast Enterprises Composite Pavers

    Vast Composite Pavers are now available in a 4-inch-by-8-inch size, better suiting them for commercial hardscapes.

  • Coalesse Freestanding Topo Collection  Designed by EOOS, the Topo office system is now available with freestanding components to allow for greater flexibility. The new additions are made with sustainable materials including Steelcases water-based topcoat Clarity, which is SCS Indoor Advantage certified, VOC-free adhesives, and recyclable powder-coated steel or clear anodized aluminum. All of the components are designed for easy disassembly and end-of-life recycling, and contribute to LEED points for recycled content, regional materials, and low-emitting materials.; 866.645.6952.

    Coalesse Freestanding Topo Collection

    Coalesse expands its Topo office system with freestanding components to add flexibility.

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    Shaw Contract Mix It Up

    Shaw's Mix It Up collection of carpet comes in broadloom and tile varieties.

  • Architectural Area Lighting Largent  Architectural Area Lightings (AAL) Designer SSL series includes an LED version of the Largent, one of the companys most popular designs. The outdoor area light is equipped with the companys MicroEmitter LED technology encased in a post-top luminaire. MicroEmitter control and beam angle are designed to limit glare while maintaining wide pole spacing, resulting in 50 percent less glare, according to AAL. LED upgrade kits are available to those already employing Largent, and include a full EmitterDeck assembly with drivers and 20 LED MicroEmitters (60 diodes). The Designer SSL series also includes LED versions of AALs Providence and Universe lights.; 626.968.5666.

    Architectural Area Lighting Largent

    AAL's new Designer LL series includes an LED version of its popular Largent area luminaire.

  • Kimball Office Campos  Campos is an ergonomic seating option that includes features often found in high-end office chairs, but at a lower price point. The BIFMA e3-certified Campos incorporates a synchronous mechanism and tension adjustment for a seat slider or backrest. The chair also includes large casters, backrest height adjustment, a choice of 2D or 4D armrests, and a polished aluminum or black plastic base. Nine Interstuhl upholstry options are available. Campos is certified SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and 98 percent of its materials can be recycled.; 800.482.1818.

    Kimball Office Campos

    Kimball's Campos chair is an ergonomic option with features often found in higher-end office seating.

  • KI Lyra  The Lyra collection is KIs newest offering in lounge seating. A modern take on a classic design, Lyra uses a combination of low-VOCemitting wood, steel, and fabric to accommodate a variety of settings and qualify it for Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certification. The foam cushioning material is made from a blend of 15 percent pre-consumer soy product, while the wood is FSC certified. A variety of sustainable fabrics are available.; 800.424.2432.

    KI Lyra

    The Lyra collection from KI is made of low-VOC materials and a soy-blend product.

  • Filtrexx BioSoxx  BioSoxx is Filtrexx Internationals first 100-percent biodegradable cotton material for compost-sock and filter-sock applications. Designed for erosion control and other landscaping projects, the mesh replaces traditional plastic or burlap sacks. Over time, BioSoxx naturally dissolves, eliminating the need to return to the site and remove the netting.; 440.926.2607.

    Filtrexx BioSoxx

    BioSoxx is a 100-percent biodegradable cotton mesh for erosion control.

  • ETwater Systems SmartWorks Replacement Panel  For those who already have traditional irrigation controllers in place, the ETwater SmartWorks replacement panel promises the benefits of ETwater Systems Smart Irrigation Technology with plug-and-play installation. According to the company, a SmartWorks panel provides 20 percent to 50 percent water savings, paying for itself in less than two years. The panel automatically adjusts watering schedules based on local weather, while a Web-based interface provides setup, scheduling, and irrigation history. An optional flow-monitoring device is available. Compatible irrigation systems include RainBird, RainMaster, and Irritol controllers.; 800.438.3400.

    ETwater Systems SmartWorks Replacement Panel

    The ETwater SmartWorks replacement panel uses smart irrigation technology to reduce irrigation water use by 20 percent to 50 percent.

  • Atlas Block Century Stone  All of Atlas Blocks concrete masonry units and veneers now contain as much as 30 percent post-consumer recycled glass. The glass comes from local recycling programs and helps products such as the Century Stone veneer (shown, in slate) contribute toward LEED credits. Atlas crushes the glass into a fine powder and refines it into lightweight pellets that expand and generate a fine-poured granulate, which the company then uses to produce its concrete mix. Century Stone is available in 16 color blends, including Baja, maple, and sandstone, and three texture options: classic, rock-face, and tumbled. Sizes include 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-inch stone and brick blocks.; 800.461.4380.

    Atlas Block Century Stone

    Atlas Block now includes up to 30 percent recycled glass content in all of its concrete units and veneers.

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    Green Persuasion

    Principals from Siegel & Strain Architects and Goring & Straja Architects explore the process of convincing communities to go green.

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    Green Horizons for Savvy Cities

    Simple steps create an effective green building program.

  • Taking the Lead In Government Relationships

    Lucia Athens, former manager of the City of Seattle Green Building Program, explains how architects and designers can foster relationships with their local governments to promote sustainable building.

  • In Sweden, BO01/Western Harbour is transforming an industrial park and shipyard into the "City of Tomorrow," a sustainable neighborhood with 600 dwellings as well as office and retail space. It is one of two national pilot projects underway.

    Scaling Up

    Two industry leaders examine the barriers to district-wide sustainability and how eco-districts are creating developments where the grass--and homes, buildings, and infrastructure--are greener.

  • Tubelite Max/Block

    Tubelite’s Max/Block sunshades are now manufactured with EcoLuminum, a high-recycled-content aluminum billet composition with environmentally friendly finishes.

  • Osram Sylvania PrevaLED

    PrevaLED is a new directional light modular system from Sylvania that uses Osram-brand LEDs.

  • Stylex Sava

    The Sava multipurpose chairs from Stylex were designed by architect Sava Cvek.

  • Sustainability Beyond Current Design Practices

    An associate principal and director of research at Busby Perkins+Will examines the challenges of thinking more holistically about a firm's approach to sustainable design.

  • Carrier Corp. Launches HAP Version 4.5

    The latest version of the company’s Hourly Analysis Program software for building energy analysis and system design is now available.

  • New Compilation of ASTM Standard Available

    A new edition of ASTM International Standard on Sustainability in Building is now available.

  • ATI Launches Certification Program for Commercial Window Installers

    Architectural Testing Inc (ATI) debuts Commercial InstallationMasters program.

  • Tate Introduces Electronic Version of Its Design and Specification Guide

    Tate introduces an electronic version of its Design and Specification Guide for Access Floors with Underfloor Service Distribution.

  • Carrier Corp. Launches HAP Version 4.5

    The latest version of the company’s Hourly Analysis Program software for building energy analysis and system design is now available.

  • Sina Pearson Textiles Everywhere 370

    The Everywhere 370 fabric selection from Sina Pearson is part of the company’s All Spaces Collection.

  • AltusGroup CarbonCast

    CarbonCast insulated architectural cladding from AltusGroup is an insulated, sandwich-type wall panel with inner and outer concrete wythes of 1.75+ inches thick each.

  • Carrier Corp. AquaForce 30XW Chiller

    Carrier Corp.’s new system, the AquaForce 30XW water-cooled screw chiller, produces hot water at a controlled temperature to maximize heat recovery and increase the overall system efficiency, says the company.

  • 2010 AIA COTE winner Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers.

    AIA Announces 2010 COTE Award Winners

    The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment selects this year's top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and design.

  • Sansin Purity Interior Zero VOC

    The new Purity Interior Zero VOC stain from Ontario-based Sansin Corp. is the company’s first water-based interior wood stain to feature a base free of VOCs that penetrates both soft and hard woods.

  • Tarco LeakBarrier PS200MU

    Tarco’s LeakBarrier PS200MU Ice and Water Armor is a self-adhesive, glass fiber reinforced, modified, bituminous underlayment designed specifically for metal roofing.

  • Xicato Artist Series  Xicatos Artist Series of LED spot modules offers a color rendering index over 95 that particularly flatters deep red colors. Each module contains an LED array within a mixing chamber that is housed below a separated phosphor plate, which helps keep the phosphor cold and improves light quality. Three correlated color temperatures are available: 2,700 K, 3,000 K, and 4,000 K .; 847.525.5048.

    Xicato Artist Series

    Xicato's Artist Series of LED spot modules have a CRI of over 95.

  • Rinnai Condensing Tankless Water Heaters  Two heat exchangers help Rinnais condensing tankless water heaters save energy and deliver up to 95 percent thermal efficiency compared with gas tank heaters. A concentric venting system for gas appliances withstands varying temperatures and locks into place without glue. All four models are Energy Star qualified.; 800.621.9419

    Rinnai Condensing Tankless Water Heaters

    Rinnai's Condensing Tankless Water Heaters use two heat exchangers to save energy.

  • Rheem-Ruud Spiderfire Series  The Spiderfire line of condensing-type water heaters offers thermal efficiencies from 92 percent to 95 percent. The most powerful unit boasts 350,000 BTUs and 460 gallons of water per hour at a 100 F rise. A three-phase heat-exchange system uses combustion gases and transfers heat from the gases to water via tubes.; 800.621.5622.

    Rheem-Ruud Spiderfire Series

    Rheem-Ruud's Spiderfire condensing-type water heaters offer up to 95 percent thermal efficiency.

  • Moen M-Press  Moens M-Press metering faucets use a sealed silicon mechanism to regulate water flow. An adjustable timing cycle ranges from 10 to 60 seconds, automatically shutting the water off after each use and reducing water usage by up to 30 percent. Single, 4-inch center set, and 8-inch widespread mounts are available. All are ADA compliant.; 800.289.6636.

    Moen M-Press

    Moen's M-Press metering faucets use a sealed silicon mechanism to regulate water flow.

  • Hansgrohe PuraVida  Designed by Phoenix Design, Hangrohes PuraVida collection is formed through a two-step process of applying chrome and white finishes to a brass product body. The Single-Hole Lav (shown) was crafted from a single piece of metal to look as if its growing from a corresponding basin manufactured by Duravit. Each faucet includes Hansgrohes EcoRight technology that reduces water flow to support water conservation.; 800.334.0455.

    Hansgrohe PuraVida

    Hansgrohe's PuraVida collection of faucets was designed by Phoenix Design.

  • Dialight StreetSense SL Series  The StreetSense SL Series LED streetlight is a pole-mounted, cobra-head, full cut-off, Type II LED luminaire intended for walkways, roads, trails, and parking lots. Designed to replace 250W mercury vapor, high-pressure sodium, and metal halide fixtures, the 131W luminaire is LM-79 certified and consumes up to 55 percent less energy than conventional lights.; 732.919.3119.

    Dialight StreetSense SL Series

    The StreetSense SL Series street light from Dialight is a pole-mounted, cobra-head LED luminaire.

  • BetaLED 304 Series  The 304 Series from BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting, is the brands first luminaire to top 100 lumens per watt in performance, offering up to 70 percent energy savings. The luminaires are scalable up to 12,000 lumens of light output, and are available for recessed or open-air canopy and soffit installations. A two-level dimming option helps save energy even in 24/7 applications.; 800.236.6800.

    BetaLED 304 Series

    The 304 Series luminaires from BetaLED are scalable up to 12,000 lumens.

  • Artemide Tolomeo LED  Distributed in the United States by Humanscale, the new LED version of the Tolomeo task light features the same design as the original, but with a light output equal to 75W and consumption of 10W. Five diodes are configured in such a way that the light casts only one shadow on the work surface. The Classic size stands 50 inches tall and the Mini is 40 inches tall.; 800.400.0625.

    Artemide Tolomeo LED

    Distributed in the United States by Humanscale, Artemide's Tolomeo task light is now available with an LED source.

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    Golden Ticket

    CityCenter is turning the desert playground of Las Vegas into a city of gold—LEED Gold.

  • A Matter of Health

    An architect from Anshen+Allen looks for healthy, sustainable materials, inside and out.

  • That's Entertainment: Checking In With Sustainable Hospitality

    The hospitality industry has struggled to integrate sustainability into its properties, but savvy architects, builders and designers are changing the playing field.

  • International Green Construction Code Released

    The International Code Council released the International Green Construction Code Public Version 1.0 for review and comment.

  • Sherwin-Williams Harmony Interior Latex Paint

    The new zero-VOC formula of Sherwin-Williams Harmony paint uses the same technology found in baking soda to reduce indoor odors

  • EDSA Paladin DesignBase 3.0

    The Paladin DesignBase 3.0 from EDSA is a suite of more than 50 integrated design, simulation, and analysis modules designed to help engineers and design teams model power systems infrastructure and preview their efficiency and reliability.

  • Oldcastle Precast Ballast Footings

    Oldcastle Precast’s patent-pending ballasted footings are designed for mounting photovoltaic solar panels or concentrated solar power systems.

  • We Can Live With Calgreen

    The New State Building Code is Not an Insurmountable Barrier—Nor a Panacea

  • SRS Energy Offers a Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Roofing Product

    The tile is designed for curved, steep-slope roofing systems.

  • CPI Daylighting's LiteBrow is a storefront daylighting solution

    The system is built with Nano-Cell honeycomb technology and the canopy is non toxic and completely recyclable

  • The Stride line of office furniture from Allsteel is designed to be adapted and adjusted to any work environment and to individual needs and preferences. On the sustainability front, all of the energy used in production of the furniture was offset by the purchase of renewable energy certificates. Nearly all of the materials used contain recycled content, the entire panel selection is Cradle to Cradle Silver certified, the panels offer an alternative to particleboard and are made of agricultural fibers. The company also has reuse and recycle programs in place to repurpose furniture that has reached the end of its useful life.

    Allsteel's Stride is Cradle-to-Cradle certified

    The office system is more than 90 percent recyclable and is produced on the Design for the Environment framework