Passive Survivability: A New Design Criterion for Buildings

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Buildings and their occupants are vulnerable to threats ranging from storms and rising sea levels to accidents and terrorism. In this feature article, EBN describes how to design and construct buildings to maintain livable conditions in the event of extended power outages or loss of heating fuel or water.

Then & Now

Unvented Gas Heaters Still Gaining Ground
Annual sales of unvented gas heaters have nearly doubled since we expressed concern ten years ago.


Awards & Competitions

AIA Awards 2006 Top Ten Green Projects
The American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment has recognized a range of projects in its annual competition.


Awards & Competitions (cont.)

Award Briefs

Product Review

New Delta Showerhead Advances State of the Art
The Delta Faucet Company’s newest showerhead delivers a satisfying shower using only 1.6 gallons of water per minute.

Kohler Enters the Waterless Urinal Market

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The Kohler Company has introduced two stylish, vitreous-china waterless urinal models.

Product News

Another Green Panel Manufacturer Calls it Quits
Rodman Industries, manufacturer of ResinCore1(tm) particleboard, has announced that it will close by the end of May.

From the Library

Design Essentials: ASHRAE's Most Referenced Standards and Guidelines
This CD-ROM includes the 12 ASHRAE standards and guidelines most widely used in designing mechanical systems.

Making Better Concrete: Guidelines to Using Fly Ash for Higher Quality, Eco-Friendly Structures
This guide, by Bruce King, Ph.D., covers all the basics of specifying and working with flyash concrete.