January 2009 Table of Contents

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Blue Marble Spa Eco-Tourist Blue Marble Spa

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Mission Bay in San Diego, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina strives to pamper guests in a pristine setting. Read more

Happenings Eco-Structure Recognizes Evergreen Awards Winners

In conjunction with the recent Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, eco-structure hosted a cocktail party at Parris at Ned Devine’s in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace to recognize the winners and judges of its inaugural Evergreen Awards program. Read more

Modular Angle Wall From DIRTT Innovations Modular Angle Wall From DIRTT

DIRTT’s modular Angle Wall marries interactive 3-D software and parametric engineering. Designers can manipulate one or many angles in any increment up to 15 degrees off perpendicular. Frames also can be designed off vertical to the same degree. Finish options include glass or veneer inserts and aluminum, powder-coated or veneer-wrapped frames and muntins. Read more

Soy Seal From BioBased Insulation Innovations Soy Seal From BioBased Insulation

BioBased Insulation has launched Soy Seal, a line of soy-based insulating foams available in a spray can. Read more

The CITY MULTI R2-Series From Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Innovations The CITY MULTI R2-Series From Mitsubishi Electric HVAC

The CITY MULTI R2-Series, a variable-refrigerant-flow zoning system from Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division, features INVERTER technology and simultaneous cooling and heating. Read more

SOLARGARD G Adhesive Surfacing From Republic Powdered Metals Inc. Innovations SOLARGARD G Adhesive Surfacing From Republic Powdered Metals Inc.

Republic Powdered Metals Inc.’s SOLARGARD G Adhesive Surfacing System for roofs combines a white, reflective surfacing adhesive with white aggregate to achieve performance, durability and energy savings. Read more

Grasspave2 From Invisible Structures Inc. Innovations Grasspave2 From Invisible Structures Inc.

Grasspave2 by Invisible Structures Inc. is a grass porous paving surface that meets maneuverability requirements as an Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible surface. Read more

Dryfix Tape From Nora Systems Inc. Innovations Dryfix Tape From Nora Systems Inc.

Nora dryfix flooring installation tape system from Nora systems Inc. allows for immediate traffic after flooring installation. A safe alternative to adhesives, the tape system does not require adhesive mixing or waiting for glue to set or cure. The system is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality certified. Read more

Swash Ecoseat From Brondell Inc. Innovations Swash Ecoseat From Brondell Inc.

Brondell Inc.’s Swash Ecoseat is a battery-operated toilet seat with an integrated bidet that features adjustable water pressure for cleaning and push-button controls that reduce toilet-paper consumption. Other features include a contoured, heated seat; warm-air dryer; and personalized settings. It fits 98 percent of all existing toilets and installs quickly. Read more

Cinto Chair From Humanscale Innovations Cinto Chair From Humanscale

Humanscale’s Cinto chair provides all-day comfort by flexing and bending with the body. The stackable chair is 100 percent recyclable and consists of a steel-tube frame, elastomer belt, and injection-molded polypropylene seat and back. Cinto is available in nine colors. Read more

The Aerada 1200 Series CS Gooseneck Faucet From Bradley Corp. Innovations The Aerada 1200 Series CS Gooseneck Faucet From Bradley Corp.

The Aerada 1200 Series CS Gooseneck Faucet from Bradley Corp. features a 1.5-gallon (5.6-L) per minute laminar flow to conserve water. The faucet saves energy by automatically shutting off after a user’s hands leave the sensor area. The omni-directional detection zone surrounding the entire spout ensures easy activation. Read more

Screen Master LEDs From Cree Innovations Screen Master LEDs From Cree

Cree Inc. has released its new-generation, highbrightness Screen Master 4- and 5-mm oval LEDs in blue, green and red. The LEDs feature optically matched radiation patterns for superior image quality for digital billboards and full-color signs. Available in myriad intensities, the lights feature a wide viewing angle and enhanced contrast. Read more

GR Epoxy Mortar System From Stonhard Innovations GR Epoxy Mortar System From Stonhard

Stonhard’s Stonhard GR is a general-service epoxy mortar system that uses recycled glass and rapidly renewable soy-based components to form an impact-, abrasion- and chemical-resistant finish for floors. Stonblend GSI-G is an epoxy mortar system that blends recycled glass chips into its surface to provide a long-wearing, stain-resistant finish. Read more

Illumination Fiber Cement Panels From Nichiha Innovations Illumination Fiber Cement Panels From Nichiha

Nichiha’s Illumination Series block-fiber cement panels give the look of metal and are made with 20 percent post-consumer recycled content. The smooth, textured panels are available in five shades: oyster, patina, sienna, storm and umber. Installation involves a hidden-clip system, which does not require special tools. Read more

Potential Pitfalls of Cool Roofing Cool Roofing Potential Pitfalls of Cool Roofing

Is the exponential growth of cool roofing an impending catastrophe? Read more

Understanding Thermal Mass Eco-Tech Understanding Thermal Mass

Interest in how thermal mass can be used to save energy in buildings has been growing. Read more

Innovations Innovations: January/February 2009

These products will help achieve sustainability. Read more

Efficient, Effective and Responsible Buildings Are Environmental and Economic Perspectives Efficient, Effective and Responsible Buildings Are Environmental and Economic

Author, speaker and consultant Alan Whitson, president of the Corporate Realty, Design and Management Institute, Portland, Ore., is the creator of a seminar series, “Turning Green into Gold.” Read more

Nuts and Bolts Special Nuts and Bolts

Architectural woodwork is a stately, time-honored part of our built environment and will continue to be quite significant within sustainable architecture. Read more

Carpet Recycling Recycling Circle Carpet Recycling

In summer of 2008, five Houston school districts recycled their carpet during the remodeling of 17 buildings. Read more

Under A Watchful Eye Flashback Under A Watchful Eye

For more than 25 years, NRG Systems, Hinesburg, Vt., has made equipment to help others throughout the world measure and understand the wind. Read more

Assessing Life-Cycle Assessment Deep Green Assessing Life-Cycle Assessment

Apply balanced judgment when using LCA. Read more

Home Renovation Models Green Living Greenhouse Home Renovation Models Green Living

The Gottfried home in Oakland, Calif., earned Platinum with 106.5 out of a possible 136 points in the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program. Read more

Sustainable Renovations Earn a Historic Hotel High Marks Ecommercial Sustainable Renovations Earn a Historic Hotel High Marks

For a historic building whose initial purpose was to allow members to burn off energy in a high-end athletic club, it perhaps is fitting that the InterContinental Chicago Hotel has made headlines once again because of energy use. Read more

Winter Green Feature Winter Green

A hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo., implemented a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient heating and cooling system and made use of sustainable materials to run a green operation. Read more

Evergreen Award Winners Recognized by eco-structure Happenings Evergreen Award Winners Recognized by eco-structure

Eco-Structure recognizes the 2008 Evergreen Awards winners. Read more

Happenings From the Hill: January/February 2009

Environmental legislation news from Capitol Hill. Read more

Research Touts Suspended Ceilings' Benefits Happenings Research Touts Suspended Ceilings' Benefits

Research from the Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association, St. Charles, Ill., reveals suspended ceilings can reduce a building’s lifetime operating costs through energy and maintenance savings. Read more

Greenbuild Wrap-up Happenings Greenbuild Wrap-up

For three days last November, more than 28,000 green-building professionals gathered in Boston to share new ideas and technologies and learn about upcoming trends in the industry. Read more

Program Finances Solar-Energy System Happenings Program Finances Solar-Energy System

Washington, D.C.-based National Consumer Cooperative Bank, or NCB, has launched a financing program dedicated to arranging innovative loan packages for customers installing solar-energy systems nationwide. Read more

SEPA Issues Solar Challenge Happenings SEPA Issues Solar Challenge

The Solar Electric Power Association, Washington, D.C., has issued a challenge to the U.S. electric utility and solar industries to collaborate to meet solar-electric growth forecasts despite a struggling global economy. Read more

Change for a Green Future Environmental Views Change for a Green Future

My second major in college was American history. I never tire of reading about brave Americans who faced adversity to make our nation a better place. Read more

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