Ecobee High-Tech Wireless Thermostat

ecobee wireless smart thermostat

One of the many friends of Jetson Green in attendance at Greenbuild this year pointed our attention to the ecobee thermostat, a high-tech, wirelessly connected, programmable thermostat. In addition to controlling temperature, ecobee also gives you control over the fan settings (allowing you to have the air circulation operate for a minimum number of minutes per hour). Ecobee measures humidity and can be used to control humidification/dehumidification equipment.

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By |October 13th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|4 Comments

Simple Water Collection for a Retrofit

Rainwater Pillow Cistern

If you’re looking for a cost effective alternative to a below ground rainwater cistern, the Rainwater Pillow, which was on display at Greenbuild NEXT, may be your answer.  Easy to locate under a deck or in a crawl space, the Rainwater Pillow is ideal for a retrofit project where placing a typical above or below ground cistern may prove difficult.  As long as you have a flat surface with no obstructions the Rainwater Pillow can be laid out tied into your landscape irrigation system with ease.

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By |October 11th, 2011|Products, Water Efficiency|2 Comments

Smith & Fong Expands Line at Greenbuild

SoyBond From Smith & Fong

Smith & Fong debuted SoyBond, a bamboo flooring and plywood line with a soy-based formaldehyde free adhesive system, at this year at the USGBC’s GreenbuildSmith & Fong has always promoted and offered non-urea formaldehyde resins; however, the step to a soy-based formaldehyde-free adhesive advances their product line further.

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By |October 11th, 2011|Materials, Surfaces|1 Comment

Recap: 10th Annual Greenbuild in Toronto

Greenbuild Conference & Expo

Greenbuild 2011 marked the first international Greenbuild Conference and Expo, driving the importance of a global solution to sustainability.  It was also, quietly, the 10th annual Greenbuild, where was that celebration?  While the mood was upbeat, we were also alongside over 23,000 leaders of the green building industry, or as Thomas Freidman put it in his opening plenary (31:00 in), the dumb ones who keep on fighting for a green revolution!

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By |October 10th, 2011|Editorial, Events|1 Comment

Smart EcoVéa Enables Guilt-Free Showers

One of the most innovative products found on the Greenbuild Expo floor was the Reveeco EcoVéa recycling shower. This might be a hard sell for some but the concept is brilliant, allowing you to enjoy long showers without guilt. Possibly the world’s most intelligent shower, EcoVéa recycles water within your shower to push the limits of water conservation. For a ten minute shower, the EcoVéa can save up to 66% above your fixture efficiency savings.

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By |October 9th, 2011|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|4 Comments

USGBC Recognizes Top Green Projects

At Greenbuild, the USGBC presented the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers, and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace.  An independent panel of judges decided on a diverse selection of these single-family, multifamily, affordable, and development projects:

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By |October 8th, 2011|LEED, Projects|1 Comment