Credit: Photo: Construction Specialties, Inc.
We scoured the Greenbuild expo floor for the best new products and the most interesting updates. Then we whittled it down to these standouts.
Most building products these days have an environmental angle to their sales pitches. Many are legit, but as ever, you still have to watch for the telltale signs of greenwash—the practice of inventing or exaggerating the environmental benefits of a product.
Product News & Reviews
Community solar allows customers with site limitations to purchase commercial-quality photovoltaic systems—and the Clean Energy Collective is making it easier.
New technology from Rada helps prevent life-threatening Legionella and other pathogens from growing in pipes and faucets—a big problem in healthcare.
Green Building News
Manufacturers should get more consistent signals as Cradle to Cradle, GreenScreen, Pharos, and other tools align, while staking out niches.
You say “risk” and I say “hazard,” but we can’t call the whole thing off. So the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group is set to begin its work.
New statements on resilience and healthy materials expand the AIA’s environmental advocacy.
Replacing PVC with untested substitutes? New research shows how little we understand about how plumbing materials affect indoor water quality.
R-values that fluctuate with temperature can be a serious problem with polyiso in some climates. New design guidance could help.
From the Editors
Collaboration skills and sustainability concepts are being “elevated” by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)—but it’s really a demotion.
Residential Advice & Analysis
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