FEATURE ARTICLE

Driving to Green Buildings: The Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings

The energy used traveling to and from an average office building-its transportation energy intensity-can be more than twice the energy used to run it. This article addresses the significance of this issue and examines strategies for lowering transportation energy intensity through increased density and improved transit options.

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Green Building News

FEMA Investigates Trailer Air Quality

FEMA has suspended the use of travel trailers as emergency housing pending investigation of dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

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Integrated Design Process Standard Approved

An ANSI-approved standard provides guidelines for the integrated design process.

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New Standard Puts Air Barriers to the Test

To test the performance of air barriers in real-world conditions, a new ASTM standard uses an eight-foot-square mockup of an exterior wall.

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President Bush Authorizes Energy Research But May Not Fund It

President Bush has warned he may not include funding for science and technology, authorized in a recent bill, in his budget request.

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Product News & Reviews

Agrifiber-Plastic Composite Privacy Fencing Introduced

Heartland Biocomposites combines wheat straw with post-consumer high-density polyethylene to create its durable, insect-resistant PrairieFence line.

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Search for Green Wiring Gets a LifeGuard

Although not yet widely used in building applications, LifeGuard nonhalogenated cable offers a green alternative to PVC cable.

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Phoenix Solar Tank Does it All-Efficiently

The Phoenix Solar hot water tank stores both primary solar-heated and secondary gas-heated water.

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Newsbriefs

Grocery Store Earns LEED Gold

National Green Building Program from NAHB

BOMA Announces Energy Savings Plan for Existing Buildings

Armstrong Headquarters Achieves Platinum

Long Island Town Requires LEED Certification

New Energy Star Specifications for Commercial Dishwashers and Ice Machines

Organizations Developing Measurement Tools for Buildings

Federal Report Finds Health Risks from Polycarbonate Chemical

Energy Star Facilitates Bulk Purchasing

BackPage Primer

Ground-Source Heat Pumps: Tapping the Earth's Mass

Ground-source heat pumps take advantage of stable temperatures just below the Earth's crust for energy-efficient heating and cooling.

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September 2007

Volume 16, Number 9

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