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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Water-source Heat Pumps

    Johnson Controls Inc.’s commercial and vertical stacked water-source heat pumps can be used in water-loop, ground-water, or ground-loop applications.