January 2008 Table of Contents

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Beam's Serenity IQA Power Unit Central Vaccuum System From Electrolux Innovations Beam's Serenity IQA Power Unit Central Vaccuum System From Electrolux

Beam's Serenity IQA Power Unit Central Vaccuum System From Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems includes an electronic user information system. Read more

Busby: Learning Sustainable Design Editor's Book Shelf Busby: Learning Sustainable Design

Peter Busby started his first practice in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1984 with a desire to influence the city’s growth and have a direct social and physical effect on the built environment. Read more

Fiesta! from Cambridge Innovations Fiesta! from Cambridge

Fiesta! from Cambridge is a versatile textured loop carpet for commercial applications. It captures the rich, Earthy tones and bright accent colors of Mexico in nine different colorways. Read more

Collins Pine FreeForm from The Collins Cos. Innovations Collins Pine FreeForm from The Collins Cos.

The Collins Cos. has released Collins Pine FreeForm, the only Forest Stewardship Council-certified Western Pine particleboard in North America. Read more

Bamboo Products From Cali Bamboo LLC Innovations Bamboo Products From Cali Bamboo LLC

Cali Bamboo LLC integrates bamboo into its products because it is a high-yield renewable resource and has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel. Read more

The Metaphor Series of furniture from Virco Innovations The Metaphor Series of furniture from Virco

The Metaphor Series of furniture by Virco is for K-12 schools. Products have a strong, full-perimeter tubular steel frame and polypropylene shell to withstand high traffic. Read more

Wireless Master Switch From GreenSwitch Innovations Wireless Master Switch From GreenSwitch

The GreenSwitch allows homeowners to control all electronics not being used throughout their house with one wireless master switch. Read more

Solatube Designer Touches from Solatube International Inc. Innovations Solatube Designer Touches from Solatube International Inc.

Solatube International Inc.’s Solatube Designer Touches is a line of designer daylighting for homeowners seeking stylish options and designers integrating daylighting into their projects. Read more

Macrolux I.R. multiwall polycarbonate sheet from CO-EX Corp. Innovations Macrolux I.R. multiwall polycarbonate sheet from CO-EX Corp.

CO-EX Corp. has developed its Macrolux I.R. multiwall polycarbonate sheet to provide heat reduction and load resistance in interior space Read more

Glass Lined Water Heaters from Heat Transfer Innovations Glass Lined Water Heaters from Heat Transfer

Heat Transfer’s SuperStore Contender Solar line of glass-lined indirect water heaters store hot water from one or more solar collectors. Read more

BioStride from Armstrong Commercial Flooring Innovations BioStride from Armstrong Commercial Flooring

BioStride from Armstrong Commercial Flooring is a polymer that creates less dependence on petroleum and fossil fuels because it contains rapidly renewable, U.S.-grown plant ingredients. Read more

Innovations Green-Lock multipurpose structural adhesive from The Garland Co. Inc.

Green-Lock multipurpose structural adhesive from The Garland Co. Inc. is a 100 percent solids, VOC-free, odorless, single-component adhesive. Read more

The EcoSmart Fire collection from The Fire Co. Innovations The EcoSmart Fire collection from The Fire Co.

The EcoSmart Fire collection from The Fire Co. does not need a flue or connection, allowing fireplaces to be installed where space or code previously restricted them. Read more

Softwave sun louvers and exterior screening products from Hunter Douglas Architectural Products Innovations Softwave sun louvers and exterior screening products from Hunter Douglas Architectural Products

Aerobrise, Celoscreen, C23/C40 and Softwave sun louvers and exterior screening products are available from Hunter Douglas Architectural Products. Read more

Nitrogen-Oxide-Emitting Residential Gas Water Heaters From Rheem Water Heating Innovations Nitrogen-Oxide-Emitting Residential Gas Water Heaters From Rheem Water Heating

Rheem Water Heating has unveiled an 18-model lineup of ultra-low nitrogen-oxide-emitting residential gas water heaters. Read more

Urbanslabs from Eco Surfaces Innovations Urbanslabs from Eco Surfaces

Urbanslabs from Eco Surfaces are sustainable, cement-based slabs available for countertops, vanities, shower panels, floor tiles, bookshelves and more. Read more

Spaceloft Insul-Cap from Aspen Aerogels Innovations Spaceloft Insul-Cap from Aspen Aerogels

INSULATION ADDS R-VALUE Spaceloft Insul-Cap from Aspen Aerogels is a nanotechnology-based aerogel insulation product that adds R-value to steel- and wood-frame buildings. Read more

Innovations: January/February 2008 Innovations Innovations: January/February 2008

These products will help achieve sustainability. Read more

Sustainable Resort Recreates Natural Experiences Eco-Tourist Sustainable Resort Recreates Natural Experiences

Playa Viva in Mexico is being regenerated and remains vital for nesting marine turtles. Read more

How to Make a Business Case for Geothermal Systems Eco-Tech How to Make a Business Case for Geothermal Systems

Geothermal HVAC systems do not depend on natural gas and are a good alternative to conventional HVAC systems. Read more

Geoexchange Systems Increase Comfort Eco-Tech Geoexchange Systems Increase Comfort

In an age of rising energy costs, geothermal-based heating-and-cooling systems could provide a practical solution. Read more

Collaboration Provides Solar Roofing Option Cool Roofing Collaboration Provides Solar Roofing Option

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, Moon Township, Pa.-based CENTRIA Services Group has kept a close watch on solartechnology and the market climate for solar roofing. Read more

Perspectives GSA Scrutinizes Underfloor-Air Distribution

Lessons learned from underfloor-air distribution systems with pressurized plenums are the basis for new GSA design standards and criteria. Read more

Tool Supports Environmental Accountability Deep Green Tool Supports Environmental Accountability

Environmental Performance Declarations tackle issues in the green-building sector. Read more

Federal Building Features Air System On the Boards Federal Building Features Air System

Used for years in European buildings, chilled beams are anintegrated water-source heating-and-cooling system mountednear or within the ceiling, wherein the beams act as the airdelivery device and temperature control system. Read more

New Orleans Recovers From Hurricane Destruction Special New Orleans Recovers From Hurricane Destruction

New Orleans is recovering from Hurricane Katrina's Destruction. Read more

Donate to a Demolished Town Rebuilding Green Special Donate to a Demolished Town Rebuilding Green

After being demolished by a tornado, Greensburg, Kan., is rebuilding in a green manner. Read more

A Kansas Town Rebuilds Green After Disaster Special A Kansas Town Rebuilds Green After Disaster

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and several others saw a rare opportunity for Greensburg to rise from the rubble as the greenest town in America. Read more

Maui Home Preserves Surrounding Beauty Greenhouse Maui Home Preserves Surrounding Beauty

A sustainable Hawaii residence serves as a learning tool as its participates in the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes pilot program. Read more

Shipping Containers Form Building ECommercial Shipping Containers Form Building

At Fort Bragg, N.C., a partnership of three St. Louis-based firms teamed up to create a low-cost solution to the U.S. Army’s needs using sea containers that are 8-feet (2.4-m) wide, 40-feet (12-m) long and 9-feet (2.7-m) high. Read more

Federal Building Challenges Traditional Office ECommercial Federal Building Challenges Traditional Office

The more we learn about how buildings and their occupants interact, the more we see that this model is a recipe for poor IAQ and less healthy, less productive employees. The required HVAC systems also use massive amounts of energy and create a high percentage of an office building’s carbon-dioxide emissions. Read more

Sustainable Courthouse Welcomes Community Feature Sustainable Courthouse Welcomes Community

The Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse not only stands as an artistic expression for future generations, it also considers those generations by exemplifying the definition of sustainability. Read more

Mixed-Use Community Serves As Model For Others EcoCentric Mixed-Use Community Serves As Model For Others

In a world growing ever more environmentally conscious, mixed-use communities create a sense of belonging, promote a healthier lifestyle and embrace the latest sustainableprinciples. Read more

Happenings Grapevine: January 2008

During the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo recently held in Chicago, Christina Koch, eco-structure’s editor in chief, moderated a Q&A session with Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface Inc., Atlanta. Nearly 200 people heard Anderson explain his motivation to make Interface’s operations sustainable. He also shared insight about how others can green their companies and how one person’s actions can impact the world in a positive way. Read more

German Students Win Solar Decathlon Happenings German Students Win Solar Decathlon

THE WASHINGTON, D.C.-BASED U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S 2007 SOLAR DECATHLON challenged 20 university-led teams from around the world to design, build and operate an attractive, energy-efficient, solar-powered home. Read more

Schools Are Going Green Happenings Schools Are Going Green

DOZENS OF ARCHITECTS, PTA PRESIDENTS, school board members, school superintendents and others from across the country are pioneering an effort to provide green schools for every child within a generation. Read more

Happenings Certification Exams Comply with Standards

THE AMERICAN INDOOR AIR QUALITY COUNCIL, Glendale, Ariz., announced its certification exams comply with the consensus standards published by the Washington, D.C.-based American Educational Research Association, Washington-based American Psychological Association and Madison, Wis.-based National Council on Measurement in Education. Read more

Happenings Project Greens Data Centers

The Green Data Project is an international online community, resource site and Web publication focused on managing electronic data to reduce electrical power demands in corporate information technology. Read more

WaterSense Identifies Efficient Products Happenings WaterSense Identifies Efficient Products

A FINAL SPECIFICATION FOR BATHROOM SINK FAUCETS from the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program provides customers with a way to identify high-performance, water-efficient products for their homes. Read more

GBI Releases Interactive Platform Happenings GBI Releases Interactive Platform

Based on feedback from hundreds of users, the Green Building Initiative, Portland, Ore., released an interactive platform for its Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system. Read more

Greenbuild 2007 Sees Record Numbers Happenings Greenbuild 2007 Sees Record Numbers

THE FIFTH ANNUAL GREENBUILD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO, sponsored by the Washington, D.C. based U.S. Green Building Council, shattered previous attendance records when 22,835 attendees flocked to Chicago’s McCormick Place in November 2007. Read more

Desking Systems Earn GREENGUARD Certification Happenings Desking Systems Earn GREENGUARD Certification

Green Bay, Wis.-based KI's desking systems recently received GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification for low-emitting products from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, Atlanta Read more

Happenings ERA Requests Change to ASHRAE Standard

THE EPDM ROOFING ASSOCIATION, Bethesda, Md., has requested that the Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. change the list of climate zones in which buildings are required to have a Solar Reflectivity Index of 0.78 in its proposed Standard 189P, “Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except for Low-Rise Residential Buildings.” Read more

Aldo Leopold Foundation Wins FSC Award Happenings Aldo Leopold Foundation Wins FSC Award

THE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL-US , Washington, D.C., awarded its third annual Designing & Building with FSC Award to the Baraboo, Wis.-based Aldo Leopold Foundation for the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center headquarters building. Read more

World Leaders Should Fight Global Warming Environmental Views World Leaders Should Fight Global Warming

Editor in Chief, Christina Koch, discusses rebuilding communities devestated by natural disasters in a sustainable manner in order to reduce human-induced global warming. Read more

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