FEATURE ARTICLE

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How to Succeed with the Living Building Challenge: 12 Teams Share Tips

The bar is high—that’s obvious—but watch out for some surprising pitfalls. Here’s how dedicated teams have tackled Living Building challenges.

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Product News & Reviews

Spray Foam with Minimal Global Warming Impact Now Available

U.S. production of next-generation HFO blowing agents signals a positive shift in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) market.

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Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers Finally Reach U.S.

Whirlpool’s ventless hybrid heat pump dryer technology promises substantial energy savings along with increased capacity and fast drying times.

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Green Building News

Material Health Tools Harmonize

Manufacturers should get more consistent signals as Cradle to Cradle, GreenScreen, Pharos, and other tools align, while staking out niches.

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USGBC, Chemical Industry Begin Talks

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.

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AIA Prioritizes Resilient Design, Product Transparency

New statements on resilience and healthy materials expand the AIA’s environmental advocacy.

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Polyiso Manufacturers Turn Blind Eye to Problems at Cold Temperatures

R-values that fluctuate with temperature can be a serious problem with polyiso in some climates. New design guidance could help.

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Harmful Chemicals May Leach from PEX into Drinking Water

Replacing PVC with untested substitutes? New research shows how little we understand about how plumbing materials affect indoor water quality.

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From the Editors

Muscoe Martin: 1955–2014

The green building world has lost another champion, Muscoe Martin, of Philadelphia.

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