Technology and design are inextricably intertwined in the world of green building.  During the last year, we’ve seen some fascinating technologies and clever designs that have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment in a new way.  I hope you enjoy this review of innovation culled from our archives of the last year.

Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles by Ceracasa

Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels that uses drip-water irrigation and can support a variety of plants. Read more.

Woolly Pockets Showing Up Everywhere!

Simple vertical gardens for interior applications can now be installed by a crafty DIYer. Various sizes and options are available for a few hundred dollars or less.  Read more.

Niagara Has a Stealthy New Efficient Toilet

Niagara Conservation unveiled Stealth, a WaterSense product and the world’s only 0.8 gallon per flush high-efficiency toilet. It’s quiet, too.  Read more.

Roof Integrated Solar Goes with Ceramic Tiles

Area Industrie Ceramiche introduced “tegolasolare” with roof-integrated solar panels that blend in nicely with ceramic tiles.  Read more.

CertainTeed Unveils New Solar Roof System

At IBS, CertainTeed announced their new EnerGen Photovoltaic Solar Power Roofing System, which combines lightweight UNI-SOLAR panels with traditional asphalt roofing shingles.  Read more.

New Thermally Broken rSTUD Lumber Announced

While tinkering with SIPs, Ec Manufacturing came up with a thermally broken rSTUD, which is a stud made with laminated veneer lumber and a polyurethane foam bound by a patent-pending structure pack process.  Read more.

Next Gen Whole House Energy Monitor Unveiled

PowerHouse Dynamics launched eMonitor with circuit level monitoring — the package includes hardware, software, and service elements — to provide home electricity use, electricity cost, and carbon footprint information by the minute.  Read more.

PowerPly Peel and Stick Solar Lumeta Hits the Market

Lumeta, Inc. received UL certification and started shipping PowerPly, which is a solar panel backed with an adhesive and applied directly to the roof, resulting in time, material, and cost savings.  Read more.

SoloPower Announces Lightweight Flexible Solar

SoloPower launched its inaugural thin-film, CIGS-based solar product called SFX1-i. It’s lightweight and flexible and the modules have an efficiency of 10.5 to 11 percent.  Read more.

Lumboo Has a Strong Bamboo Lumber Product

Cali Bamboo developed the “world’s first engineered bamboo dimensional lumber” made with 100% compressed bamboo and a low-VOC resin. The product can be used in a variety of applications.  Read more.

LSG Unveils $30 60-Watt Equivalent LED

LSG unveiled a new omnidirectional A19 LED bulb, a 60-watt replacement, that’s dimmable, has an output of 850 lumens, uses 13 watts, and lasts up to 50,000 hours, beating the competition in these areas and in price by about $10.  Read more.

Glass Tile Rooftop Solar by SolTech Energy

SolTech Energy makes an innovative roof tile that harvests solar energy with a traditional looking glass tile that works in conjunction with most common heating solutions on the market.  Read more.

New Honeywell Turbine Installed in Kansas City

18Broadway, a demonstration of storm water management, urban agriculture, and energy independence, incorporated solar panels and the new WT6500 Honeywell Wind Turbine. Read more.

Going Green with Exposed Designer Plumens

Hulger started selling Plumen 001, a designer CFL, that saves 80% on energy bills and lasts eight times longer than a regular incandescent. The 11-watt bulb outputs 680 lumens with a color temperature of 2700k.  Read more.

Cogenra Product Mixes Solar PV with Hot Water

Cogenra’s new technology has silicon PV cells, concentrating optics, single-axis solar tracking, and a thermal transfer system.  Solar rays reflect off parabolic mirrors toward two strips of solar PV cells, generating power that’s fed into the grid.  Read more.

Starck Unveils Two Small Wind Turbine Models

Philippe Starck unveiled two, new Revolution Air residential scale vertical axis wind turbines to a crowd in Milan. The micro turbines were designed to be nearly noiseless, small, and capable of capturing wind from most any direction.  Read more.

I’m sure you’ve seen or used something in your green project that others need to hear about.  Get in touch and share your green building innovation with us.  We’ll pass along the good stuff to readers.