Controls Go Wireless

Particularly for lighting and ventilation controls in retrofit situations wireless systems offer potential energy, money, and resource savings. The technology is still new, however, and potential drawbacks like health risks, interference, and even the potential for increased energy consumption need to be examined.

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Green Building News

LEED Delivers on Predicted Energy Savings

Data from the U.S. Green Building Council and the New Buildings Institute shows that, although varying widely in individual buildings, measured energy savings meet or exceeds predicted energy savings for LEED buildings on average.

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Kansas Town Rebuilding as the Greenest in America

Destroyed by a tornado in May 2007, Greensburg, Kansas, is rebuilding as a green town, with support from FEMA, a green master plan, and local values.

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Restructuring of LEED Moves Ahead

The U.S. Green Building Council is moving ahead with plans to align and harmonize its LEED rating systems to make certification simpler and allow for refined weighting of environmental and regional concerns.

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Homes Get Their Own LEED

As it rolls out the LEED for Homes rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council is improving the program's certification infrastructure, while sticking with some controversial elements.

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Guidelines in Development for Residential Remodeling

The Regreen program aims to give residential remodeling designers and contractors, as well as homeowners, an integrated guide to making their projects green.

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Cascadia's Challenge Moves Beyond Buildings

The Cascadia Green Building Council has unveiled its "Living Site and Infrastructure Challenge," which adds beauty and inspiration to more practical environmental measures.

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IPCC Warns of Dire Climate Consequences

The fourth report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change offers strong warnings, but concludes that the building sector offers the greatest potential for cost-effective carbon emission reductions.

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Product News & Reviews

BuildingGreen Announces 2007 Top-10 Products

BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News (EBN), announced its annual Top-10 Green Building Products, representing the most exciting products covered in those publications in the last year.

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Migrations Biobased Tile from Armstrong

A new biobased composition tile from Armstrong offers a more attractive alternative to popular vinyl composition tile.

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USGBC Releases Research Agenda

California Funds Solar Water Heating Systems

USGBC Adopts Core Performance Guide for LEED Energy Points

Universities Gain New Sustainability Reporting Tool

GE Real Estate Commits to Green

FSC: US Appoints New President

Perkins + Will Acquires Guenther 5

BackPage Primer

Energy Metrics: Btus, Watts, and Kilowatt-Hours

Mixing units of electric power with those of energy is a common mistake, but distiguishing kilowatts from kilowatt-hours is not that complicated, and is worth getting straight.

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December 2007

Volume 16, Number 12

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