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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7.9 Million Reasons to Get Involved in the Green Building Industry

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According to a new study by Booz Allen Hamilton and the USGBC, green building will support 7.9 million jobs and pour $554 billion into the American economy over the next four years.  Of that, $396 billion will be attributable to wage growth in green building jobs.  Green construction spending currently supports 2 million American jobs, so we're talking about growth of nearly 400%!

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Rocky Mountain Institute Launches Free Online Tool Green Footstep

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About a week ago, the Rocky Mountain Institute launched Green Footstep, a free online carbon calculator for reducing emissions in building construction and retrofit projects.  The website also features three case studies together with an explanation of the Green Footstep methodology.  With the tool, you can:

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Green Modular Malaysian Idea House

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This is the Idea House by Broadway Malyan for Sime Darby Property, one of the largest property developers in Malaysia.  The home was designed as an attempt to become the first carbon zero residence in South East Asia.  The home would be prefabricated in modules to save on labor costs, speed up the construction process, and make deconstruction of the home easy at the end of its useful life.  Some other green aspects of the home design include:

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