Climate Change Dominates Greenbuild Conference Agenda

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With several announcements at the 2006 Greenbuild conference in Denver, the U.S. Green Building Council signaled that it would use its LEED Rating System to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by tightening LEED requirements and by increasing the number of buildings designed to LEED standards.


LEED Streamlined for Real Estate Portfolios, Volume Builders
The U.S. Green Building Council's new portfolio program, in pilot phase for the next year, will streamline the process for institutions with large real estate portfolios, and companies building in volume, to certify those buildings with LEED.

Cascadia Challenges Green to Go Beyond Platinum
The Cascadia Green Building Council has issued the Living Building Challenge, a rating system based on 16 prerequisites, aiming to define a "true measure of sustainability in the built environment."

Two Reports Laud Green Schools
Two recent reports, one from the National Academies' National Research Council and one from Capital E, confirm that green schools support student and faculty health and performance, and are a good investment.

D.C. Considers Green Building Legislation
Legislation before the Washington, D.C. Council would enact green building requirements for both public and private projects, making it the first major U.S. city to do so.

Recycled-Content Paint Standard Released
A new latex paint standard addresses product quality, performance, VOC content, and additive- and recycled-content levels.

New Infrastructure for LEED
Rather than seeking to develop LEED 3.0 as a new version of its LEED Rating System, the U.S. Green Building Council has chosen to create a new framework for managing LEED.

Then & Now

Building America Aims for Zero-Energy Homes
Ten years since EBN looked at DOE's fledgling Building America program, and more than 30,000 houses later, the program has grown to include seven research teams, three national laboratories, and dozens of builder partners.



Awards & Competitions

BuildingGreen Announces 2006 Top-10 Products

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BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of GreenSpecĀ® Directory and Environmental Building News (EBN), announced its fifth annual Top-10 Green Building Products, representing the most exciting products covered in those publications in the last year.

USGBC Announces 2006 Leadership Awards
As part of the 2006 Greenbuild conference in Denver, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the winners of its annual Leadership Awards.

Award Briefs

Product Review

Cold Climate Heat Pump Redux
The two-stage high-capacity cold-climate heat pump that was introduced in 2004 and then discontinued in 2005 is back, and from more than one company.

Fiber-Optic Luminaire Mixes Sun and Electric Light
A new system from Sunlight Direct includes a roof-mounted concentrating mirror that tracks the sun, fiber-optic cables, and conventional-looking light fixtures on the ceiling that deliver a calibrated mix of sunlight and electrical light.

New Admixture Solves Concrete's Weaknesses
A new concrete admixture, Hycrete, could come to replace a variety of waterproofing and corrosion-proofing membranes and coatings applied to concrete.

Product News

Product Briefs