Investing in the Environment: The Financial Industry's Approach to Green Building
Recent changes in the financial industry are providing new opportunities for financing green buildings. However, lenders and investors have different approaches to documenting the benefits of green, which affect how they use rating systems and other metrics. To navigate effectively in the financial world, green designers and builders need to understand the territory.
Group to Create Rating System for Landscapes
Forthcoming guidelines from the Sustainable Sites Initiative will lead to a rating system for landscapes.
Stone Industry Gathering Life-Cycle Data
Responding to a lack of data on the environmental impacts of building stone over its life cycle, the Natural Stone Council is funding a three-year research program.
U.S. Companies Expand Photovoltaic Manufacturing
Two planned photovoltaic manufacturing facilities will significantly increase U.S. production.
Recycled Decking Manufacturers Launch Virgin PVC Options
Wood composite decking, with its recycled-content plastic, may be losing out to virgin PVC decking as two major composite manufacturers roll out PVC products.
Materials Innovators Engage Cradle to Cradle Protocol
Material ConneXion has agreed to feature products certified under the Cradle to Cradle protocol in its materials library.
Innovation in Urinals from Caroma
Caroma has introduced two new urinals, one with a pint-sized, fluid-sensing flush mechanism and the other a waterless unit with a diaphragm rather than a trap.
LED Downlight from LLF—Most Efficient on the Market
A new LED downlight module from LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc., offers high efficacy and good light quality using a unique way of producing a diffuse, white light.
Thermal Mass: What It Is and When It Improves Comfort
Heavy or massive objects like masonry can help improve thermal comfort, if used properly. They often don't insulate well, however.
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