Drainwave Helps Avoid 'Dry Drain' Problems from Water Efficient Fixtures

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Water efficiency is an important measure in green building everywhere, but in Australia — one of the driest countries in the world — water conservation is more widely practiced and water awareness is generally higher than it is in North America.  In addition to pioneering water efficiency, Australians have discovered some problems due to the use of efficient, low-flow fixtures.  One is the potential problem of "dry drains," however, a new invention called the Drainwave aims to solve the problem. 

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Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2010 [Earth Advantage Institute]

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Sean Penrith, executive director of the Earth Advantage Institute, a non-profit based in Portland that certifies green buildings, recently published a list of ten green building trends to watch in 2010.  It's quite the interesting list, I think you'll agree.  While you're thinking about these trends, don't forget to read up on Jerry Yudelson's Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2010, as well.  The following is a synopsis of the trends discussed by the Earth Advantage Institute:

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Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2010

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Jerry Yudelson, a prominent leader in the green building world, recently published his annual top ten list of green building trends.  As founder of green building consultancy Yudelson Associates, Yudelson is an author of 11 green building books and past chair of the Greenbuild (2004-2009).  He’s a big deal.  In mostly his words below, check out what’s in store for green buildings in 2010:

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CalStar’s Impressive Green Fly Ash Brick

CalStar Products recently introduced a fly ash brick and fly ash paver that’s been getting major attention in the industry.  The innovative fly ash products are behind the company’s attention in the Wall Street Journal and finalist nomination for the Crunchies in the Best Cleantech category.  They’re made from 40% fly ash and 60% local aggregates, together with some proprietary ingredients.

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Retrofit Best Practices, LEED Snafus, Raising Poultry, + Killing the Lawn

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Adobe Installs 20 Windspire Turbines

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Several years ago, Adobe made business news by sharing how their green building initiatives saved the company big money.  Its San Jose headquarters facility includes three office towers that have received three LEED Platinum certifications.  Over time, the company has reduced indoor water use by 22%, landscape water use by 76%, electricity by 35%, and natural gas by 41%.  Now Adobe generates on-site energy with 20 Windspire small wind turbines by Mariah Power.

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