Integrated Design

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Integrated design is essential for delivering a cost-effective green building. Successful practitioners have come up with ways to get the whole team collaborating effectively and thinking outside-the-box. Not only are they delivering green projects within conventional building budgets, but many are doing it for a conventional fee. EBN editor Nadav Malin shares their advice on how to make it work, and make it pay.

From the Editors

New Book From BGI: Green Building Products
BuildingGreen’s new directory of residential green building products is coming out this fall. Created for homebuilders and homeowners, Green Building Products is a residential edition of the widely acclaimed GreenSpec(r) Directory.


Knott Welcomes Noisette Urban Alliance
A network of 15 building-product manufacturers has formed to aid in the development of the Noisette District of North Charleston, South Carolina.

Bill Browning Heads to Haymount
Browning has left his job at RMI to work on the development of Haymount, a New Urbanist town outside Washington, D.C.

PCB Threat From Caulking
Caulking installed during the 1960s and ‘70s still contains toxic PCBs, threatening the health of those who are exposed to it.

Sprawl Linked to Chronic Health Problems
Sprawling development leads to a host of chronic health problems, according to a new study from the RAND(r) Corporation.

Why Non-Flushing Urinals Fail (And How to Prevent Those Failures)
Non-flushing urinals have attracted a lot of positive attention, but not every installation has been a success. This article explores the pitfalls and how to avoid them.



Awards & Competitions

Cooper-Hewitt Recognizes Environmental Designers

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The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum has recognized several environmentally responsible designers in this year’s National Design Awards.

AIA Chicago's Sustainable Design Awards
AIA Chicago has recognized Factor 10 house and other local projects in its first Sustainable Design Awards.

SBIC's 2004 Awards Announced
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council has announced this year’s Best Sustainable Practice Awards and Exemplary Sustainable Building Awards.

Award Briefs

Product Review

PV Glazing from Schott and MSK
Two new building-integrated photovoltaic products provide daylighting while generating power. This article provides the specs on both and, in a sidebar, explores whether PV-glazing is really a good way to go.

From the Library

Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security
In his newest book, RMI’s Amory Lovins argues the business case for weaning our country from oil.

The Return of the Solar Cat Book: Mixing Cat Wisdom with Science and Solar Politics
This update to Jim Augustyn’s cult classic offers a solid introduction to solar theory through a lighthearted comparison to cats.