April 2009 Table of Contents

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Happenings Partnership To Reduce Global Emissions

The Clinton Climate Initiative, New York, and U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., have expanded their part- nership to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions from the built environment on a global scale. Read more

Carbon Measurement to have Common Knowledge Happenings Carbon Measurement to have Common Knowledge

A memorandum of understanding between BRE Global, Watford, U.K.; the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; Green Building Council Australia, Sydney; and the U.K. Green Building Council, London, recently was signed to map and develop common metrics to measure emissions of carbon-dioxide equivalents from new homes and buildings. Read more

Communities Chosen For Design Program Happenings Communities Chosen For Design Program

The Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design has chosen 10..... Read more

Happenings Organizations Promote Buildings' Sustainability

Through a new memorandum of understanding, the Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. and Portland, Ore.-based Green Building Initiative will work together to accelerate the adoption of sustainability principles in the built environment. Read more

The Rest of the Story Environmental Views The Rest of the Story

Growing up in Iowa, there were things I could count on each day: reports about hog and soybean futures, farmers discussing the weather and Paul Harvey’s broadcast. Everyone I knew listened to and trusted Harvey. During nearly 60 years as a national radio personality, Harvey’s grandfatherly voice, dramatic pauses and unique tone inflections established him as a trusted friend to many devoted listeners. I didn’t always agree with Harvey’s banter, but in one of his final shows he highlighted how he saw the best innovations and ideas emerge during difficult times. Read more

FBI's Chicago Regional Office Earns LEED Platinum Feature FBI's Chicago Regional Office Earns LEED Platinum

For the past decade, USAA Real Estate Co., San Antonio, has managed its portfolio of more than $4.9 billion in assets with energy efficiency in mind. But the seven-time recipient of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Partner of the Year award decided to expand its efforts to include LEED certification from the Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council. In the fall of 2006, the company, which specializes in office, medical-office, industrial, public-sector, retail, multifamily and hotel properties, became one of the first participants in the pilot for LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Read more

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond-Charlotte Branch / Charlotte, N.C. Cool Roofing Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond-Charlotte Branch / Charlotte, N.C.

The roof encompasses 83,000 square feet (7711 m2) with 63,000 square feet (5853 m2) of vegetated roof on multiple levels. Read more

909 WALNUT TOWER/ Kansas City, Mo. Cool Roofing 909 WALNUT TOWER/ Kansas City, Mo.

At 34 floors, this is the tallest apartment building in Missouri. Read more

10 G ST. N.E./Washington, D.C. Cool Roofing 10 G ST. N.E./Washington, D.C.

Serving as a respite from the city and nearby Capitol Hill, the vegetated roof and labyrinth on the American Psychological Association’s building covers 3,600 square feet (334 m2) and cost $170,000. Read more

California Academy of Sciences/ San Francisco Cool Roofing California Academy of Sciences/ San Francisco

Located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is a LEED for New Construction Platinum-rated museum; it was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C. The museum includes a 2 1/2-acre (1-hectare) vegetated roof that goes to a depth of 6 to 7 inches (152 to 179 mm). Read more

Multnoah County Central Library / Portland, Ore. Cool Roofing Multnoah County Central Library / Portland, Ore.

A new vegetated roof atop this library replaced the former leaking roof. The vegetated roof, which cost $180,000 and covers 7,188 square feet (668 m2), contains more than 17,000 sedums and grasses. Read more

Christie Place / Scarsdale, N.Y. Cool Roofing Christie Place / Scarsdale, N.Y.

Christie Place is a luxury townhome community located north of New York. Developed by Ginsburg Development Cos., Scarsdale, and built by FM Home Improvement, East Orange, N.J., the buildings match the existing Tudor-style architecture of the Scarsdale village center. Read more

The Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center / Glenview, Ill. Cool Roofing The Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center / Glenview, Ill.

Set amidst Air Station Prairie, a 32 1/2-acre (13-hectare) remnant of tall-grass prairie north of Chicago, the 3,000-square-foot (279-m2) center educates visitors about the history and ecology of the Illinois prairie ecosystem while serving as a showcase for cutting-edge technology and techniques in green-building development. Read more

Center for Urban Ecology/ Washington, D.C. Cool Roofing Center for Urban Ecology/ Washington, D.C.

About 52 percent of Washington is covered with impervious surfaces, such as streets, buildings and parking lots, which helped to inspire the Center for Urban Ecology to install a 7,000-square-foot (650-m2) extensive vegetated roof atop its headquarters. Read more

Happenings Eco-Resources

Whirlwind Building Components, Houston, has just released a complete product-line brochure. Read more

Outdoor Learning Environments From Progressive Design Playgrounds Innovations Outdoor Learning Environments From Progressive Design Playgrounds

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

Pure Temp From Entropy Solutions Innovations Pure Temp From Entropy Solutions

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. Read more

Parking-Lot Lighting System From Orion Energy Systems Inc. Innovations Parking-Lot Lighting System From Orion Energy Systems Inc.

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. Read more

The EnviroReady Roofing System From Firestone Building Products Co. LLC Innovations The EnviroReady Roofing System From Firestone Building Products Co. LLC

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. Read more

The Eco-Clear 2003 From Active Safety Corp. Innovations The Eco-Clear 2003 From Active Safety Corp.

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

Ashland-e Gaia Blends Mosaic Tile From Hakatai Innovations 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. Read more

The MRS-Envi-RO 600 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System From Everpure LLC Innovations The MRS-Envi-RO 600 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System From Everpure LLC

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

Veneer Wrap From Contact Industries Innovations Veneer Wrap From Contact Industries

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

Tierra From Armstrong Ceilings Innovations Tierra From Armstrong Ceilings

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

IntelliStrong From PV Powered Innovations IntelliStrong From PV Powered

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

Nativebamboo From GKD Innovations Nativebamboo From GKD

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

The EcoPlus And EcoStep Matting Systems From Crown Mats And Matting Innovations The EcoPlus And EcoStep Matting Systems From Crown Mats And Matting

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

Materials Reuse Recycling Circle Materials Reuse

On a pleasant day in one of Chicago’s suburbs, a deconstruction contractor and his crew remove an original, custom-made window for salvage from a 1923 home. Read more

Certifying Small Wind Turbine Performance Eco-Tech Certifying Small Wind Turbine Performance

Small wind turbines have great potential to serve increasing demand for energy generation while being a cost-effective solution for commercial and residential end-users. However, several obstacles have hindered greater use of small wind turbines. Performance specifications are not standardized, and manufacturer reports are optimistic and inconsistent. Consumers do not have user-friendly tools to compare turbines or accurately estimate energy performance. Consumers and agencies providing financial incentives need greater assurance of safety, functionality and durability to justify investments. These needs soon will be better met when the Small Wind Certification Council begins a certification program for small wind turbines. Read more

Harnessing the Wind Eco-Tech Harnessing the Wind

An energy-efficient structure, which is defined as using 50 percent less energy than a building built to the International Energy Conservation Code 2008, is the first logical step toward reducing our buildings’ carbon footprints. When applying renewable-energy systems, or RES, to energy-efficient buildings, these systems can be a net-positive-energy generator. Read more

Capitol Idea Perspectives 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 at limiting the reach of lobbyists in Washington. Read more

New Administration puts Carbon Reduction on the Agenda Deep Green New Administration puts Carbon Reduction on the Agenda

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, many industries are appropriately wondering what the new regulatory environment will mean for their businesses. Read more

Growing Up Green Cool Roofing Growing Up Green

Vegetated roofing is experiencing a growth spurt across the U.S. Projects have been appearing on federal buildings in the nation’s capitol; on commercial projects as far west as California; and on various buildings in our nation’s heartland, where Chicago boasts the largest area of vegetated roofing in North America with about 4 million square feet (371600 m2). With President Barack Obama’s focus on the environment, green roofs likely will continue their upward climb. The benefits of vegetated roofs, such as sound insulation, possible reduced heating and cooling costs, the potential to reduce or eliminate roof drains, aesthetics, habitat for birds and insects, and food production make them a sustainable choice for urban environments. The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Van- couver, British Columbia, Canada, grew herbs, flowers and vegetables on its 2,100-square-foot (195-m2) acces- sible roof and saved $30,000 per year in food costs, according to Toronto-based Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. The GRHC “Third Annu Read more

Happenings Stimulus Act Reinforces Energy Standard

The Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc.’s 90.1-2007 standard, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” is recognized through special funding measures in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Read more

Integrated Design—MITHUN Editor's Book Shelf Integrated Design—MITHUN

This book examines the practice, principles and projects of the architectural firm, Mithun. Read more

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