New Precautionary List Provides Choices to Harmful Building Products

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Last week at Greenbuild 2009, Perkins + Will unveiled its new Precautionary List, which tracks 25 of the most common dangerous chemicals found in commonly used building materials.  The list provides an explanation of the properties of the chemicals with suggested alternatives.  Some of the chemicals on the list include: arsenic, lead, urea formaldehyde, and cadmium, just to name a few.

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An Incredible Expandable Green Prefab

This video of Blu Homes recently hit the Innovation Economy column of The Boston Globe.  In This New House, columnist Scott Kirsner gives us a look at the folding prefab technology that Blu Homes uses for homes built in their Littleton, Massachusetts factory.  The folding style of construction presents an interesting new wrinkle to prefab, and Blu is able to save transportation costs by shipping more house and less air.

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2009 Top-10 Green Building Products

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Yes, it's that time again.  For the eighth year in a row, BuildingGreen has just announced their list of Top-10 Green Building ProductsBuildingGreen sifts the products from new additions to the GreenSpec Directory, a print and online guide that organizes green products according to LEED credits, as well as from coverage in Environmental Building News.  The GreenSpec Directory has over 2,100 products, and these ten are some of the best of what's been added to the directory.  Any favorites among the group?

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New AES WindJet 5 Small Wind Turbine Installed in Kansas City [Video]

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This month, AES Wind installed its first demonstration AES WindJet 5 turbine in Overland Park, Kansas.  The twin-rotor turbine is rated at 5 kW and was designed to increase efficiency by up to 54% over existing designs.  With a slow rotor speed, the turbine is quieter, more durable, and less likely to create problems with birds. 

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Artistically Platinum at Burnside Rocket

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This is a beautiful LEED Platinum building located at the corner of East Burnside Street and 11th Avenue in Portland, Oregon.  Dubbed Burnside Rocket, the building is probably most recognizable not for its red dress but for the twenty-four operable art panels — each of which was painted by a different emerging artist — that shade the interior spaces.  Since completion on April 2007, the popular building has been fully occupied. 

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