The September 2009 issue of Environmental Building News (EBN) is now available online!
Quote of the Month
"We believe signing on to the 2030 Challenge is an empty promise in the absence of a client commitment." —Nellie Reid, AIA, Gensler
This Month's Feature Story
Design for Adaptation: Living in a Climate-Changing World. Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, rising global temperatures would still bring major changes to the climate system and our way of life. This article offers solutions for designing buildings that not only mitigate our impact on the global climate, but also adapt to the changes that are coming — and those that are already here. Check out our list of ways to adapt your buildings, and add your suggestions. (membership required)
This Month's Primer
Tankless water heaters have some downsides, but mostly offer advantages over conventional storage water heaters.
News in This Issue
· AIA Brings 2030 Targets Down to Earth
· AIG Insuring for Green Building Risks (membership required)
· Michelle Moore Joins the Obama Administration (membership required)
· Table of Contents...
Featured Product Review
Invelope: A Breakthrough in Exterior Commercial Wall Assemblies? Invelope is a steel and foam panel that serves as a moisture and vapor barrier, drainage plane, and insulation while also providing a mounting system for brick veneer or terra-cotta cladding.
Case Study Highlight
Tillamook Forest Center, Oregon. The building entry spans a 65,000-gallon forest wetland pond fed by rainwater from the roof. The pond also stores water for fire sprinklers, forest firefighting, flushing toilets, and mechanical cooling. Check out more case studies in the High Performance Buildings Database...
· More Toilet Flushing Fun
· Greenbuild 2009 Expo Hall: Some Math
· Men Should Pee Sitting Down
· See all Blog Posts...
West Coast Green; San Francisco, CA; Oct. 1-3. West Coast Green is a business-to-business conference in San Francisco for building industry professionals who want to explore green innovations to propel their businesses forward. You get a 20% discount with this link.
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