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Continuing Education Credits
The industry is increasingly recognizing the need for a more comprehensive review of green products. We don't have perfect programs yet, but we scrutinize the most prominent programs out there and highlight how they're useful.
Green Building News
The most comprehensive statistical analysis to date shows that LEED and Energy Star buildings charge 3% higher rent, have greater occupancy rates, and sell for 13% more than comparable properties.
Changes to ASHRAE Standard 90.1 have been successfully appealed by several glazing industry associations. Changes would have reduced the maximum window-to-wall ratio in commercial building envelopes from 40% to 30%.
Changes to the International Energy Conservation Code will result in 30% energy savings over previous codes.
Product News & Reviews
BuildingGreen announced its ninth annual Top-10 Green Building Products during the 2010 Greenbuild conference in Chicago. The list recognizes the most exciting products drawn from recent additions to GreenSpec, coverage in EBN, and BuildingGreen.com blogs.
The Halton Heat Recovery Unit captures heat in commercial kitchen exhaust to pre-heat incoming make-up air, reducing the HVAC demands on the kitchen. Optional domestic water heating loops and air-cooling coils are also available.
Southwall Technologies and Dow Corning have introduced a glazing system that will allow high-performance Heat Mirror glazings to be used in "structural sealant glazing" in commercial buildings.
Heat-pump water heaters produce more than twice as much hot water per kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed as standard electric water heaters.