March 2009 Table of Contents

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Absolute Zero Perspectives Absolute Zero

In the ongoing quest to decrease the impact buildings have on the environment, we have begun to hear more about the concept of net-zero-energy buildings. Read more

Happenings Draft Specification Addresses Urinals

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft specification for high-efficiency-flushing urinals. Read more

Happenings Investigation Reveals Water-Enforcement Gaps

The U.S. House Government Oversight Committee and U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a memorandum that highlights the threat to the nation’s waters posed by the Supreme Court decision Rapanos v. United States (2006), which has created legal confusion about what waters are protected by the Clean Water Act. Read more

Happenings Study Shows Green Education Disparity

Education Revolution, a study from architecture firm RMJM Hillier, Princeton, N.J., finds that students at top U.S. design schools rated job prospects as the top benefit of integrating sustainable design into the school curriculum, but only 6 percent of design leaders believe recent graduates are very well prepared to address sustainable design. Read more

Happenings Report Illustrates Energy Challenges

According to a report produced by attendees of a workshop held by the Federal Facilities Council, Washington, D.C., federal agencies may have to make significant process changes to meet the Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates 30 percent energy reduction in federal buildings by 2015. Read more

Happenings Sustainability Committee Formed

West Conshohocken, Pa.-based ASTM International has formed ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability. Read more

Happenings LEED 2009 Passes Member Ballot

LEED 2009, the update to the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council’s green-building certification program, has passed the member ballot and will be introduced this year as the next major evolution of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings. Read more

Living Off the Grid Editor's Book Shelf Living Off the Grid

This book teaches how to be economically savvy and environmentally self-sufficient by taking simple actions, such as using mass transit, to more complex endeavors, like building eco-friendly infrastructures. Read more

Water Heaters From McQuay Innovations Water Heaters From McQuay

McQuay scroll-compressor Templifier water heaters recover waste heat to make it available for space heating and domestic hot water. Read more

AQUS Greywater System From Sloan Valve Co. Innovations AQUS Greywater System From Sloan Valve Co.

Sloan Valve Co.’s AQUS Greywater System reclaims greywater from bathroom drains and reuses it in toilets. Read more

Fabrics From O Ecotextiles Innovations Fabrics From O Ecotextiles

O Ecotextiles manufactures fabrics for the commercial and residential design industries. Read more

Green Roof Waterproofing System From Dow Hyperlast Innovations Green Roof Waterproofing System From Dow Hyperlast

Green Roof Waterproofing System from Dow Hyperlast comprises a primer, elastomeric membrane and robust wear coat to combine performance with installation and usage flexibility. Read more

SofTrace Luminaires From Day-Brite Lighting Innovations SofTrace Luminaires From Day-Brite Lighting

SofTrace luminaires from Day-Brite Lighting can create energy savings of about 30 percent through a concealed lamp center panel with 95 percent efficiency. Read more

Wall Base Colors From Nora Systems Inc. Innovations Wall Base Colors From Nora Systems Inc.

Nora systems Inc. has expanded its nora wall base to 70 standard colors to appeal to designers, architects, contractors and installers. Read more

Cool Roof Tile Line From Eagle Roofing Products Innovations Cool Roof Tile Line From Eagle Roofing Products

Eagle Roofing Products’ Cool Roof Tile line for commercial and residential applications reflects sunlight and helps prevent heat transfer into a building, resulting in energy savings and less work for air-conditioning units. Read more

Sensor Technology From EnOcean Innovations Sensor Technology From EnOcean

EnOcean wireless technology can generate a strong signal from a small amount of energy to power sensor technology for occupancy sensors and lights. Read more

UnderFloorSox From DuctSox Innovations UnderFloorSox From DuctSox

UnderFloorSox from DuctSox is an air-dispersion system designed to reduce thermal decay and improve temperature consistency within the plenum for underfloor-air-distribution systems in retrofit and new-construction commercial buildings. Read more

Fusion III From Chloride Innovations Fusion III From Chloride

Fusion III, the newest addition to Chloride’s solid-state lighting family, has a slim ceiling recessed profile. Read more

Continuous Vault Skylight System From Oldcastle Glass Naturalite Innovations Continuous Vault Skylight System From Oldcastle Glass Naturalite

Oldcastle Glass Naturalite’s Continuous Vault skylight system is offered in a thermalized version that also prevents air and water leakage. Read more

Patterned PVC-Free Upholstery Collection From CF Stinson Innovations Patterned PVC-Free Upholstery Collection From CF Stinson

CF Stinson’s Patterned PVC-Free Upholstery Collection includes a built-in silver-based, broad-spectrum antimicrobial system that is non-leaching and will not wash off or abrade over time. Read more

E Solution Tower Cooling Program From Earthwise Environmental Inc. Innovations E Solution Tower Cooling Program From Earthwise Environmental Inc.

Earthwise Environmental Inc.’s e solution tower cooling program eliminates hazardous chemical treatments and reduces cooling-tower discharge. Read more

Germany Offers Lessons About Harnessing Solar Power Special Germany Offers Lessons About Harnessing Solar Power

In 2007, the U.S. installed approximately 150 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power—a 45 percent increase compared with 2006 and a testament to the power of green-building rating systems, tax credits and other renewable-energy incentives. Read more

Water Wise Environmental Views Water Wise

This issue of eco-structure examines the burgeoning water crisis, specifically how buildings can conserve and reclaim water. Read more

Recess for Your Hands and Feet Eco-Tourist Recess for Your Hands and Feet

Eco-luxury has reached a new level in Los Angeles with the opening of Recess for Your Hands and Feet nail salon. Read more

Eco-Resources: March 2009 Eco-Resources Eco-Resources: March 2009

Resources and products for green building. Read more

Innovations: March 2009

These products will help achieve sustainability. Read more

Purple Rain Eco-Tech Purple Rain

Water scarcity caused by burgeoning populations, increased environmental regulations, and changing weather patterns are forcing municipalities to rethink how and where they get their water. Read more

Incentives and Cautions About Geoexchange Deep Green Incentives and Cautions About Geoexchange

In October 2008, HR 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, passed into law; it included new incentives for geoexchange systems. Read more

Focal Lens Greenscene Focal Lens

In 2005, the city of Northampton, Mass., got wind of a new initiative from the Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects that aligned with the community’s values and direction. Read more

High School and Visitor Center Conserve Water Greenscene High School and Visitor Center Conserve Water

At first glance, the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Center in New York and Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School located in the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio seem to have little in common. Read more

Lab Undertakes Green Continuous Improvement Ecommercial Lab Undertakes Green Continuous Improvement

As the performance of green buildings increasingly is being monitored, tracked and studied, it has become abundantly clear that the work doesn’t end at design or construction. Read more

Achievements Through Teamwork Feature Achievements Through Teamwork

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was established in Berkeley, Calif., in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a physicist who won a Nobel Prize for his physics work. Read more

Groundwater, Drought Monitoring, & Water Treatment Plant Updates Happenings Groundwater, Drought Monitoring, & Water Treatment Plant Updates

A focus on news related to water quality and conservation. Read more

From the Hill: March 2009 Happenings From the Hill: March 2009

Environmental legislation news from Capitol Hill. Read more

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