What’s New in Multi-Attribute Environmental Certifications

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The industry is increasingly recognizing the need for a more comprehensive review of green products. We don't have perfect programs yet, but we scrutinize the most prominent programs out there and highlight how they're useful.

From the Editors

EBN Editors Help Untangle Green Certifications
The editors of EBN and our GreenSpec Directory provide guidance on the growing field of certifications in BuildingGreen’s new special report, “Green Building Product Certifications.”

A New Edge in Specifying Green Building Products
BuildingGreen will link our Web-based green products resource, GreenSpec, with the Healthy Building Network’s Pharos Project to provide one trusted, authoritative, independent source for specifying green building products, information and research.


Non-Green Office Buildings Sacrifice 8% in Rent Revenues
The most comprehensive statistical analysis to date shows that LEED and Energy Star buildings charge 3% higher rent, have greater occupancy rates, and sell for 13% more than comparable properties.

Glazing Industry Fights Tightened Energy Standards
Changes to ASHRAE Standard 90.1 have been successfully appealed by several glazing industry associations. Changes would have reduced the maximum window-to-wall ratio in commercial building envelopes from 40% to 30%.

Model Building Code Now 30% More Energy Efficient
Changes to the International Energy Conservation Code will result in 30% energy savings over previous codes.


What's Happening (cont.)

What's Happening

Product Review

Recovering Heat from Commercial Kitchen Exhaust
The Halton Heat Recovery Unit captures heat in commercial kitchen exhaust to pre-heat incoming make-up air, reducing the HVAC demands on the kitchen. Optional domestic water heating loops and air-cooling coils are also available.

New Heat Mirror Glazing for Commercial Applications

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Southwall Technologies and Dow Corning have introduced a glazing system that will allow high-performance Heat Mirror glazings to be used in “structural sealant glazing” in commercial buildings.

Product News

BuildingGreen Announces 2010 Top-10 Green Products
BuildingGreen announced its ninth annual Top-10 Green Building Products during the 2010 Greenbuild conference in Chicago. The list recognizes the most exciting products drawn from recent additions to GreenSpec, coverage in EBN, and blogs.

BackPage Primer

Heat-Pump Water Heaters
Heat-pump water heaters produce more than twice as much hot water per kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed as standard electric water heaters.