The Elevator Revolution

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Gearless, machine-room-less elevators save space and energy. And, they just might make hydraulic and geared traction elevators extinct. EBN examines the new technologies and compares the offerings from all the major manufacturers.

From the Editors

BuildingGreen Receives ADPSR Mumford Award
We are thrilled to announce that Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility has recognized BuildingGreen with the Lewis Mumford Award for Environment.


On a Brominated Flame Retardant Ban
Peter O’Toole of the Bromine Science and Environmental Forum defends deca-BDE.

Questions on Carpet Padding and Flame Retardants
Lawrence Gust of the International Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology praises EBN’s feature article on flame retardants, and poses a few follow-up questions.


New Data on the Cost of Building Green
Green buildings cost little if any more than their conventional counterparts, reports Davis Langdon Adamson, who specialize in cost estimating and cost management in construction.

Daley Announces Chicago Standard
The latest move in a quest to make his city the greenest in the country, Mayor Daley has unveiled a Chicago-tailored version of LEED® and announced that all new municipal buildings will be LEED Certified.

DuPont Cited for Withholding PFOA Risks
EPA has charged DuPont with violating the Toxic Substances Control Act and could fine the company more than $300 million.

Revitalization Institute Opens Shop
The nonprofit Revitalization Institute™ aims to bring together restoration, remediation, and revitalization professionals, and to develop a rating system for such projects.

EU Risk Assessment Clears Deca-BDE Flame Retardant
To the relief of the chemical industry, an EU report finds little danger in the deca form of PBDE.

Howard Resigns as Federal Environmental Executive
John Howard, a strong ally of environmental organizations, has left his position to Ed Pinero, who has been Deputy Federal Environmental Executive since January 2003.

Tidal Power for New York
A tidal-power farm of more than 200 underwater turbines is planned for NYC’s East River. The first six start spinning this summer.



Awards & Competitions

Award Briefs

Lighting for Tomorrow’s First Competition Winners

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Lighting for Tomorrow’s winners include American Fluorescent Corporation’s Stephen Blackman, who took first prize for his CFL chandelier.

ASLA Announces 2004 Award Recipients
The American Society of Landscape Architects has selected this year’s Medal and Firm Award winners.

2004 NYC Green Building Design Competition
NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection and EPA Region 2 have announced the winners of this inaugural competition.

Product Review

C&A Makes Carpet from Recycled Windshields
Answering Kaiser Permanente’s request for PVC-free products, C&A Floorcovering has released Ethos™, a carpet backing made from recycled safety-glass film.

Product News

Steelcase Promotes Furniture Reuse and Partners with MBDC
Steelcase has unveiled its Environmental Partnership Program to aid the reselling, refurbishing, and donation of their products. And, they’ve agreed to weave MBDC’s cradle-to-cradle philosophy into their business.

Would You Like Some Trees with that Refrigerator?
American Forests will plant 10 trees for each Danby Art Cooler sold, offsetting the resulting carbon emissions.

Shaw Exits PVC Backing
Shaw is phasing out its PVC-backed carpet tile in favor of its Ecoworx® catalyzed polypropylene backing.

From the Library

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
Jason McLennan’s new book offers an overview of the history, principles, and technologies fueling the sustainable design movement.