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We focus too much on the selection of floorcoverings and not enough on their maintenance. Which floorcoverings have the lowest environmental impacts and costs associated with maintenance? Which are best from an indoor air quality perspective? This article examines maintenance requirements associated with different commercial floorcoverings and how they relate to product selection.
Green Building News
USGBC has announced several changes to its LEED Rating System, version 2.1.
EPA plans to launch a pilot indoor air quality label for homes by this winter. Program criteria were developed in coordination with the American Lung Association Health House initiative. As envisioned, this will be a separate label from Energy Star Homes, but only Energy Star Homes will be eligible to carry the IAQ label.
EPA has revised a 1998 draft list of PBTs--among the most dangerous known chemicals. Only 4 chemicals were added to the list, while 25 were dropped.
Product News & Reviews
Rodda's Horizon line includes a zero-VOC interior latex paint as well as the first exterior paint on the market to meet low-VOC standards.
A second water recirculation system, from Taco, joins a similar product from ACT Metlund. To avoid wasting water while waiting for hot water to reach a distant faucet or shower, a small pump shunts water in the pipe back to the water heater, while delivering hot water very quickly. Both systems offer significant water and energy savings.
Volume 12, Number 5