Forest Certification Growing Fast
The idea of certifying forests to show that they are managed sustainably has been around for over 25 years. This article sorts out the various certification programs operating today, looking at strengths, weaknesses, and hot issues with each.
From the Editors
Perspective: A “Freedom Tax” on Gasoline
Executive Editor Alex Wilson calls for a $1 Freedom Tax on every gallon of gasoline sold in the United States, with offsetting tax reductions--an idea known as "tax shifting."
In Memoriam: Jeff Cook
The green building world mourns the loss of passive-solar pioneer Jeffrey Cook.
Five Years of Creative Problem-Solving
BuildingGreen celebrates five years of dynamic support from our circulation manager, Charlotte Snyder.
Vegetable Oil in Paint is Nothing New
Buz Groshong, Jr. questions the novelty of vegetable-oil based American Pride paint. EBN editors respond.
ASHRAE’s New Sustainability Committee
This new group will investigate "Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability."
NREL Ranks Green Power Programs
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has completed its annual review of green power programs. Find out which programs lead NREL's Top Ten lists!
NAHB Researchers Tackle Toilets
The National Association of Home Builders Research Center has published results of its tests on toilets. Researchers tested a range of model types for flush performance and water conservation, and found some surprising results.
Awards & Competitions
San Mateo County Green Building Awards Announced
Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Field Station and the home of Paulien Strijland and Eric Joustra have been recognized in San Mateo County's first Green Building Awards.
NESEA Presents Northeast Green Building Awards
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association has announced the winners of its annual Green Building Awards. Clearview Elementary School, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the French Wing Addition to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Melrose Commons II, the MATCH School, and a conceptual school design took top honors.
Pyroblock Fire-Retardant Particleboard and MDF
Panel Source International has introduced formaldehyde-free, fire-retardant particleboard and MDF panels, which can help meet the requirements for LEED's Indoor Environmental Quality Credit 4.4.
BP Solar Reaching Out to California
Californians can benefit from BP Solar's focused marketing campaign and potential customers across the country can estimate their PV savings online.
From the Library
Writing the Green RFP
Sustainable Design Language for Consultant Requests. AIA's Committee on the Environment offers a free, online guide to greening requests for proposals and qualifications.
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