• Green Bank Legislation Introduced

    Introduction of the Green Bank Act of 2009, which creates the Green Bank as an independent, tax-exempt, wholly owned corporation of the U.S.

  • Boma Challenge Addresses Energy Consumption

    7-Point Challenge aims to reduce commercial buildings’ energy consumption by 30 percent in the next three years.

  • Certification Recognizes Individuals

    Certification recognizes those with optimal knowledge of the entire building-commissioning process.

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    Program Provides Legal Standard

    Tropical Forest Foundation has instituted a program to assist with independent auditing to confirm tropical-wood products for sale in the U.S. meet legal requirements.

  • Chemicals Found in Water

    The Washington, D.C.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a report that states polybrominated diphenyl ethers, chemicals commonly used in commercial goods as flame retardants since the 1970s, are found in all U.S.

  • Initiative Facilitates Financing for Solar Thermal

    EnerWorks has appointed Robert Bender executive vice president.

  • You Have the Floor

    An efficient and effective green-flooring specification system allows you to factor in aesthetic, practical and environmental considerations.

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    Flooring Resembles Hardwood

    LG Floors’ NATURELIFE is durable commercial sheet flooring designed to withstand heavy traffic.

  • Paints Are Eco-Friendly

    Kelly-Moore Paint Co. Inc. has introduced two zero-VOC, low-odor paint lines. Enviro Coat is a 100 percent acrylic interior paint that can be tinted in myriad custom colors.

  • Carpet Contains Sustainable Fiber

    Zeftron nylon and BOLYU Contract have introduced Strut, a commercial broadloom carpet that is manufactured with MBDC Cradle to Cradle-certified Zeftron nylon.

  • LED Intensity Can Be Controlled

    The Infrared OSTAR Lighting LED from OSRAM Opto is composed of six thin-film chips and a hemispherical lens, producing 3.5 watts of optical output power.

  • Lightweight Concrete for Architectural Panels

    Sonoma Cast Stone has made its Classic Concrete and NuCrete versions of EarthCrete available for architectural-panel applications.

  • Commercial Glass Product Has Low SHGC

    AGC Flat Glass North America has made available its Ti-AC 23 low-E, energy-efficient glass product for commercial buildings.

  • Pavers Are Rubber and Plastic

    VAST Enterprises LLC has introduced its VAST Permeable Composite Pavers, which consist of 95 percent post-consumer scrap automobile tires and gallon-size plastic containers.

  • Wireless System Controls Lighting

    Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.‘s GRAFIK Eye QS Wireless system integrates with Lutron light and shade products for complete light control in a space.

  • Wall System Provides Thermal Barrier

    Dow Building Solutions has introduced the THERMAX Wall System for use on commercial steel-stud buildings.

  • Urinals Realize Water Savings

    The High-Performance-Composite no-water urinals from Waterless Co. Inc. realize water savings of up to 45,000 gallons (170345 L) per year.

  • Lighting Features Recycled Components

    Lightlink Lighting’s Azure Suspension light is made of layers of recycled aluminum plates, azure, and clear acrylic and dichroic film.

  • Sensors Provide Energy Savings

    Square D Commercial Grade wall-switch occupancy sensors from Schneider Electric provide energy savings for commercial buildings.

  • Siding Has Recycled-paper Base

    KlipTech has introduced EcoClad exterior cladding for commercial and residential applications.


    Harvest Rainwater Easily

    Englert Environmental has unveiled the Englert Rainwater Harvesting System that integrates Englert Inc.’s metal roofing and rainware products with rainwater-harvesting technology.

  • Piece of Mine

    The LEED Platinum Daybreak Corporate Center maximizes daylight, water and energy in a sustainable community development on reclaimed mining land.

  • The Green Office Challenge

    Last year, HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis, transformed the iconic First National Bank building in downtown St. Paul, Minn., into a more desirable multi-tenant office building.

  • Practicing What They Preach

    Autodesk's Massachusetts office demonstrates usage of BIM and IPD

  • Vini, Vidi, Vegetated

    Steven W. Peck, founder and president of Toronto-based nonprofit association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, shares his thoughts about the benefits of vegetated roofs.

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    AIA Selects Top Green Projects

    The Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top 10 examples of architecture and green-design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

  • Bringing Green Home

    A homeowner converts a shed into a home office in Santa Fe, N.M., and employs many green elements.

  • Great Wolf Resorts

    The 11 U.S. Great Wolf Resorts recently achieved Green Seal certification.

  • From the Heart

    Editor in chief Christina Koch takes a stroll down memory lane.

  • Happenings May/June

    Browse upcoming events about sustainability.

  • Happenings May/June

    Browse upcoming events about sustainability.

  • Happenings May/June

    Browse upcoming events about sustainability.

  • A New Order

    With locations across the U.S., fast-food restaurants have great potential to create positive environmental impacts as they enter the green-building arena.

  • Shedding Light on Technology

    There are more benefits than drawbacks to these quickly growing lighting technologies.

  • A Huff and a Puff

    Continuous air barriers must be designed, constructed and tested to help achieve building energy efficiency.

  • Continuing the Cool-roofing Discussion

    Readers respond to articles in previous issues of eco-structure.

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    Living Above the Store:

    This book, which challenges the mindset of business as usual, explains how and why to create a sustainable business.