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Impact of Concrete Extends to Sand and Gravel Production

Portland cement takes a lot of heat for concrete’s carbon emissions, but water quality, land use, and transportation count too, especially because of aggregate.
Environmental Building News—November 1, 2013

Choosing Between an ERV and an HRV

Don’t get fooled into buying a more expensive and complex system if what you really need is a dehumidifier.
Environmental Building News—October 1, 2013

How Active Dehumidification Works

Whether you choose a refrigerant-based or a desiccant-based system, dehumidifiers use energy and produce waste heat.
Environmental Building News—September 3, 2013

Beyond Accessible: Universal Design for Green Buildings

By planning ahead for all ages and abilities, designers reduce the need for renovations and may extend building service life.
Environmental Building News—August 1, 2013

Building Acoustics: The Basics of Managing Sound and Noise

Acoustic performance is crucial to occupant well-being. And smart design, not added cost, can make the difference.
Environmental Building News—July 1, 2013

Post-Occupancy Evaluations: Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

POEs tell you everything you ever wanted to know about your buildings. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Environmental Building News—June 3, 2013

Radiant Barriers and Reflective Insulation

Shiny materials control radiant heat flow, but there is a great deal of misinformation about these systems.
Environmental Building News—May 1, 2013

Islandable Solar—PV For Power Outages

With the right technology, a grid-connected solar-electric system can still provide electricity during power outages.
Environmental Building News—April 1, 2013

Sustainability: Too Much or Not Enough?

The drive toward sustainable design is a long one. Are we there yet?
Environmental Building News—March 1, 2013

Water Budgets: A Holistic Look at Efficiency

Developing a water budget for a building can identify opportunities for savings that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Environmental Building News—February 1, 2013
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Selkowitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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How to Build Green At No Added Cost

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Whole-Building Life-Cycle Assessment: Taking the Measure of a Green Building

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Three Imperatives to Create the Future of Green Building

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Battery Companies Fully Charged After Alliance

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