At the end of each year, Environmental Design + Construction magazine reviews products mentioned in its New+Notable and Products Focus sections. The magazine next examines these products for the fifteen that received the most reader requests. ED+C's 2009 Top Products contains a number of entries designed to save water or manage water. You've probably seen some of these products already, whether on BuildingGreen's Top-10 Green Building Products list or in our green materials archives. If not, check these out:
- The value of building commissioning.
- 17% of new homes get Energy Star seal.
- Report focuses role of water in sustainable design.
- Solar panels sometimes don't mix with HOAs.
- The Green Tragedy: LEED's Lost Decade.
- Is LEED on track to save the world?
- Holding LEED up to the light.
- Using local materials is no joke.
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The other day, Andrew Stone took me through this newly constructed abode located on an infill lot in Salt Lake City. The contemporary home, currently listed for $685,000, was designed by A.K. Smith Architects and comes with some slick green technology. The entire home is wired up with a Control4 Home Automation System — accessible on an iPhone — and connected to the fireplace, thermostat, and lighting.
Recently we featured a container clinic under construction by Stack Design Build, and now, the same firm is building a unique container office space on an infill lot in Providence, Rhode Island. Jay Cox-Chapman of Stack DB was kind enough to send us this time-lapse video taken over five days showing the assembly of 32 recycled containers into an office space.
As first reported by the New York Times recently, a new life cycle assessment of illuminants conducted by Osram, a German lighting company, provides support for the belief that LEDs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. In fact, over the entire life of the bulb, from manufacturing to recycling, incandescent bulbs use approximately five times more energy than compact fluorescents and LED lamps.
Kids with special illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges received a new toy this summer at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. Designed by Amy Leathers, senior associate at Lord, Aeck & Sargent, the treehouse serves as a play area and educational space for learning about nature and sustainability. It's wheelchair accessible and outfitted with a number of environmentally-sensitive features.