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Events Calendar
 
Decon '09
  April 28-30
  Chicago, IL

The Building Materials Reuse Association shows you how to integrate building deconstruction, materials reuse, and recycling into mainstream planning, design, construction, and facility management practices.
 
AIA National Convention
  April 29-May 2
  San Francisco, CA

Visit BuildingGreen at booth #3960, and at the "Sustaining the Existing Building Stock" and "Building and Managing a Green Practice" sessions. 
 
 

April 2009

The April 2009 issue of
Environmental Building News (EBN)
is now available online!


 

Quote of the Month
"We harvest sunlight. We can deliver it where you want it."

- Bruce Rohr, inventor, Practical Solar heliostats


This Month's Feature Story
Cost-Effective Green Retrofits: Opportunities for Savings in Existing Buildings (membership required)
 
Between lighting, water use, mechanical systems,
Adobe Towers
 
Each of the three Adobe Towers is LEED-EBOM Platinum. Since 2001, a total of $2.3 million in capital costs (including $483,000 in rebates) has resulted in 47% reduced electric use, 42% reduced gas use, and 48% reduced water use, which add up to an annual savings of $1.6 million.
the building envelope, and occupant health, existing buildings are rife with cost-effective retrofits and operational opportunities that also offer environmental benefits. Improvements range from the painfully obvious to the more complex and involved.
  
 
 
This Month's Primer

Porous pavingPavement that allows infiltration of stormwater comes in a variety of types, and offers many environmental and even cost benefits.

 
 
 
 

News in This Issue

Product News and Reviews

Case Study Highlight
Randolph Place Apartments, Richmond, VA

Blower-door tests Randolph Place Apartments before and after this multifamily renovation gauged improvements in air infiltration. In each unit, the contractor was able to reduce infiltration to less than 0.6 air changes per hour.