FEATURE ARTICLE

Water Policies: Encouraging Conservation

Conserving water goes beyond building design and technology. Water use is governed by federal, state, and local policies, from maximum flow requirements to pricing structures that encourage or discourage conservation.

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Green Building News

Certified Wood Credit in LEED Gets Makeover

After more than two years of work, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has proposed a major change for certified wood in its LEED Rating System.

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The Challenge of Creating Living Buildings

As the first buildings attempt to meet the Living Building Challenge, the difficulties of designing and building to such a rigorous standard are becoming apparent.

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California Adopts Voluntary Green Building Standards

The first state to do so, California has adopted voluntary green building standards that will become mandatory in 2011.

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Groups Set Mercury Limits for Flyash in Concrete

Fears about mercury content in coal flyash used as recycled content in concrete are leading to new rules in green building rating systems.

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Product News & Reviews

Masonite Offers Straw-Core Door With No Added Urea-Formaldehyde

Masonite's Safe 'N Sound Emerald door features a wheat-straw core, FSC-certified veneers, and adhesives with no added urea-formaldehyde.

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Newsbriefs

Canadian Development Dockside Green Earns LEED Platinum

D.C. Requires Building Owners to Report Energy Use

Aspen Considers Renewable Energy Requirements for Commercial Buildings

Regional Standards for Air-Conditioners in the Works

Paint Companies Not Responsible in Rhode Island Lead Case

Department of Energy Focuses on Net-Zero Commercial Buildings

Electrical Contractors Group Endorses Green Training

Groups Merge to Coordinate Greening of Hospitals

San Francisco Passes Stringent Green Building Requirements

BackPage Primer

Vapor Retarders and Air Barriers: Managing Moisture in Building Envelopes

Air barriers, which prevent air leakage, and vapor retarders, which control moisture diffusion, are both important for controlling moisture in a building envelope.

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September 2008

Volume 17, Number 9

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