September 2009 Table of Contents

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The ZEROprize

The ZEROprize is open to design teams that use re-skinning and other retrofitting technologies on an older concrete high-rise structure to reduce its carbon, water, and energy footprint to net-zero while also maintaining high architectural design standards. Read more

Designing & Building with FSC Awards 2009

Celebrating U.S. and Canadian green-building architecture and construction using FSC-certified materials, the awards are open to homeowners, architects, interior designers, general contractors, builders, consultants, and other professionals committed to using FSC-certified wood. Read more

Survey Reveals Interest Versus Action Discrepancy

Houston-based International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Johnson Controls, Glendale, Wis., released their third-annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey. Read more

U.S. and China Agree to Tackle Climate Change

The U.S. and China signed a memorandum of understanding as a joint commitment to reach an international agreement to address climate change. Read more

House Passes Climate Legislation

The House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454, energy and climate legislation that includes provisions for green building incentives. Read more

Happenings USGBC Requires Performance Data

The U.S. Green Building Council requires building owners to provide energy- and water-consumption data for five years starting when the building is occupied. Read more

Greenbuild Keynote Announced

Former Vice President Al Gore is slated as the opening keynote speaker for the 2009 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Read more

Forward Thinking or Far-Fetched? Forward Thinking or Far-Fetched?

A proposal converting McMansions into biofilter water treatment plants took top prize in the Reburbia Design Competition. Read more

Panel Matches Laminates Panel Matches Laminates

Englert Environmental unveiled its SunNet Blue standing seam panel and flat sheet coating that match the color of its SunNet Building Integrated Photovoltaics, a standing seam roofing technology. Read more

Toilet Has Back Outlet Toilet Has Back Outlet

Caroma has released the Sydney Smart back outlet high-efficiency dual-flush toilet, which is WaterSense labeled to deliver high-performance and water savings. Read more

Nothing but Net-Zero Nothing but Net-Zero

Slated to open in 2010, NREL's Research Support Facilities looks to supply a healthy, sustainable workplace. Read more

Community College Facility Embodies Sustainability Community College Facility Embodies Sustainability

A combination of carefully chosen renewable energy strategies and energy conservation techniques places students of Ohlone College in a living laboratory. Read more

Can You Spare Some Change? Can You Spare Some Change?

The controversy over the upcoming climate change bill in the House of Representatives will make the debate over healthcare seem small. Read more

Earth Day Network Works to Green U.S. Schools Earth Day Network Works to Green U.S. Schools

Sean Miller, education director of Earth Day Network, discusses the group’s goal of greening America’s schools in a generation. Read more

September eco-structure News Happenings September eco-structure News

Read about the latest news and events in the green-building industry. Read more

Warehouse Finds New Life as Sustainable Lofts Warehouse Finds New Life as Sustainable Lofts

Bringing older buildings up to current environmental standards represents a great opportunity. Read more

Modular Structures Provide Healthy Solutions for Education Modular Structures Provide Healthy Solutions for Education

Project FROG's panelized construction philosophy creates affordable, energy-efficient learning spaces. Read more

Managing Moisture to Maintain IAQ Managing Moisture to Maintain IAQ

To maintain a healthy indoor environment, it is important to mitigate and prevent mold growth. Read more

NOVUS International Headquarters Achieves Platinum NOVUS International Headquarters Achieves Platinum

Green is part of NOVUS International’s culture, so when it was time to build a new headquarters, it was natural for them to seek LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Read more

O'Hare Incorporates Sustainability Into Its Renovation O'Hare Incorporates Sustainability Into Its Renovation

To accommodate the passenger load and improve the airport, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley presented the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) in 2003 as a vision for building a 21st century airport. Read more

Incentives Create Rewards for Green-building and Energy-efficiency Programs Incentives Create Rewards for Green-building and Energy-efficiency Programs

The recent passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has appropriated billions of dollars to support green-building projects. Read more

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building

An introductory primer on sustainable architecture from the perspective of integrated building design. Read more

New Motifs Added to Lines New Motifs Added to Lines

Stacy Garcia Inc. has introduced four new motifs to its Lexmark Carpet Mill and York Wall Covering lines. Read more

Window Film Designed For External Installation Window Film Designed For External Installation

Two new Outside Weatherable window films from Solar Gard are designed for external installations. Read more

Chair Is Lightweight Chair Is Lightweight

Humanscale’s Diffrient World chair is made from eight major parts and weighs less than 25 pounds (11 kg). Read more

Technology Includes Dimming Ballasts Technology Includes Dimming Ballasts

Lutron’s EcoSystem technology has expanded to include digital dimming ballasts for T4 compact fluorescent lamps. Read more

Gypsum Board Contains Recycled Content 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. Read more

WiFi Device Is Solar Powered 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. Read more

Energy Harvester Eliminates Battery Need 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. Read more

Sensors Log Measurements 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. Read more

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