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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.
Green Building News
Lack of ventilation and elevated levels of VOCs are common problems in gyms, according to European research, and pools have issues too.
Replacing PVC with untested substitutes? New research shows how little we understand about how plumbing materials affect indoor water quality.
Tenants are saving more than $500 a year in one of the first existing apartment buildings to be certified.
R-values that fluctuate with temperature can be a serious problem with polyiso in some climates. New design guidance could help.
The 2014 version of the Green Building Standard responds to updates in Standard 90.1 and shows glimpses of future harmonization with LEED and IgCC.
An investigation finds that only a fraction of hazardous wastewater pollutants are regulated, and of those, only a handful are monitored.
Designers are given specific guidance on how to interpret and utilize the “14 Patterns of Biophilic Design” in a new report.
A chemist and an interior designer team up to compile design guidance for reducing exposure to harmful chemicals.
Long-term research confirms that airing it out doesn’t cut the mustard (or the mold) after major moisture damage.
Dashing female libido and shrinking your son’s male parts are now on the list of health hazards associated with phthalates. Now do we have your attention?
A team of researchers at UC–San Diego has developed a silicon-based material with 90% conversion efficiency and remarkable durability.
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.
Legionella and other pathogens can proliferate in pipes and low-flow fixtures, threatening the health of vulnerable people.