FEATURE ARTICLE

Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications

The number of environmental product standards and certifications is growing rapidly, putting numerous different "green" logos on products. This article reviews the key programs and evaluates their rigor, and offers guidance in using them to accomplish project goals.

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Green Building News

High Perceived Cost of Green Persists, Says Survey

Three recent surveys offer insight into the growing green building industry. One found that, despite evidence to the contrary, perceptions about the high cost of green remain unchanged.

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EPA Partnership Focuses on Commercial Refrigeration

GreenChill, a new partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supermarkets, and equipment manufacturers, aims to improve refrigeration technology, save energy, and eliminate the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants.

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Healthcare May Take LEED in New Directions

The draft of the LEED for Healthcare covers new ground for a LEED rating sytem, including requiring integrated design and offering a credit for avoiding certain chemicals. If approved by the members of the U.S. Green Building Council, these concepts may find their way into other LEED rating systems.

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Mixed-Use Building Approaches 2030 Goals

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Grand Teton Visitor Center Earns LEED Platinum

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Canada Offering Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grants

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British Study Shows Promise for Micro-CHP

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Heat Pumps Gaining Market Share

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Developer Daniel Tishman Selected to Chair NRDC Board

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AIA Study Finds Growth in Municipal Green Building Programs

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Kresge Expands Green Building Grants Program

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CCI Wields Purchasing Power for Energy Efficiency

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Canadian Multifamily Project Earns LEED Platinum

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Product News & Reviews

CorrectDeck CX Using Recycled Polypropylene

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Fire-Rated, FSC-Certified Panels from S.J. Morse

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Beneficial Bacteria Reduce Urinal Water Use

The Ecoblue Cube uses beneficial bacteria to convert conventional flushing urinals to virtually waterless operation without significant installation costs, and avoiding the common pitfalls of waterless urinals.

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PlybooPure is Formaldehyde Free

The PlybooPure line of bamboo flooring and panel products from Smith & Fong uses a polyisocyanurate binder, making it urea-formaldehyde-free.

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BackPage Primer

Solar Reflectance Index and Cool Roofs

Understanding reflectivity and emissivity of roofing materials is important to evaluating their effect on cooling loads and the urban heat island effect.

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January 2008

Volume 17, Number 1

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