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Driving to Green Buildings: The Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings

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The energy used traveling to and from an average office building—its transportation energy intensity—can be more than twice the energy used to run it. This article addresses the significance of this issue and examines strategies for lowering transportation energy intensity through increased density and improved transit options.

From the Editors

Use Performance-Based Transportation Credits in LEED
Executive editor Alex Wilson calls for a change in LEED for New Construction from prescriptive to performance-based transportation credits.

News

FEMA Investigates Trailer Air Quality
FEMA has suspended the use of travel trailers as emergency housing pending investigation of dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

Integrated Design Process Standard Approved
An ANSI-approved standard provides guidelines for the integrated design process.

New Standard Puts Air Barriers to the Test
To test the performance of air barriers in real-world conditions, a new ASTM standard uses an eight-foot-square mockup of an exterior wall.

President Bush Authorizes Energy Research But May Not Fund It
President Bush has warned he may not include funding for science and technology, authorized in a recent bill, in his budget request.

Then & Now

Newer Fluorescents Have Less Mercury, But Recycling Continues to Lag
Fluorescent lamps have up to 85% less mercury in them than they did ten years ago, but only a quarter of the lamps are recycled properly. Newer Fluorescents Have Less Mercury, But Recycling Continues to Lag
Fluorescent lamps have up to 85% less mercury in them than they did ten years ago, but only a quarter of the lamps are recycled properly.

 

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Product Review

Agrifiber-Plastic Composite Privacy Fencing Introduced
Heartland Biocomposites combines wheat straw with post-consumer high-density polyethylene to create its durable, insect-resistant PrairieFence line.

Search for Green Wiring Gets a LifeGuard

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Although not yet widely used in building applications, LifeGuard nonhalogenated cable offers a green alternative to PVC cable.

Phoenix Solar Tank Does it All—Efficiently
The Phoenix Solar hot water tank stores both primary solar-heated and secondary gas-heated water.

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Product Briefs

BackPage Primer

Ground-Source Heat Pumps: Tapping the Earth's Mass
Ground-source heat pumps take advantage of stable temperatures just below the Earth's crust for energy-efficient heating and cooling.