EBN Articles http://www2.buildinggreen.com/rss/articles en Will Aggressive Performance Goals Fit Under Google’s Glass Tent? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/will-aggressive-performance-goals-fit-under-google-s-glass-tent 21805 2015-03-23 4 2015 Google’s green headquarters design hinges on new technologies, like a “glass fabric” enclosure. News 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/will-aggressive-performance-goals-fit-under-google-s-glass-tent Yudelson Steps Down from Green Globes http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/yudelson-steps-down-green-globes 21806 2015-03-20 4 2015 After just over a year at the helm of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), Jerry Yudelson has made a sudden exit, with an old hand stepping back up to lead. News 18497 Tristan Roberts 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/yudelson-steps-down-green-globes New Thinkstep Launchpad for Sustainability Apps Bolstered by LCA Data http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/new-thinkstep-launchpad-sustainability-apps-bolstered-lca-data 21321 2015-03-11 4 2015 Rebranded as thinkstep, the life-cycle assessment firm PE International promises a new platform to integrate product data and more. News 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/new-thinkstep-launchpad-sustainability-apps-bolstered-lca-data Sewage-Source Heat Pumps Turn Wastewater to Warmth http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/sewage-source-heat-pumps-turn-wastewater-warmth 21226 2015-03-03 3 2015 International Wastewater’s heat pumps provide heating or cooling using sewage and don’t require dual plumbing. Product Review 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/sewage-source-heat-pumps-turn-wastewater-warmth 22 35 43: Domestic Water Heat Reclaimers Plum Creek SFI Certification, Audit Process Challenged in Oregon http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/plum-creek-sfi-certification-audit-process-challenged-oregon 21230 2015-03-03 3 2015 An Oregon nonprofit is seeking to suspend Plum Creek’s SFI certificate in Oregon due to legal violations. The company says it has already addressed the issues. News 18497 Tristan Roberts http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/plum-creek-sfi-certification-audit-process-challenged-oregon Natural Stormwater Treatment Saves Salmons’ Lives http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/natural-stormwater-treatment-saves-salmons-lives 21227 2015-03-03 3 2015 A new study shows biofiltration systems save the lives of salmon and the insects they prey on. How’s that for a stormwater quality metric? Newsbrief 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/natural-stormwater-treatment-saves-salmons-lives Certified Wood: How SFI Compares to FSC http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/certified-wood-how-sfi-compares-fsc 21235 2015-03-03 3 2015 FSC-certified wood is ingrained in rating systems like LEED, but rival SFI has a revised standard. Can it show it’s just as good on the issues that matter most? Feature 18497 Tristan Roberts http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/certified-wood-how-sfi-compares-fsc New Refrigerants, Less Global Warming http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/new-refrigerants-less-global-warming 21228 2015-03-03 3 2015 HFOs usher in a new era of refrigerants and foam insulation blowing agents with low global warming potential. BackPage Primer 18491 Brent Ehrlich http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/new-refrigerants-less-global-warming Three Lounge Seating Manufacturers Keeping Pace with High BIFMA Standards http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/three-lounge-seating-manufacturers-keeping-pace-high-bifma-standards 21236 2015-03-03 3 2015 Three lounge seating manufacturers have been certified to BIFMA e3 level 3, but tracking chemicals of concern in these products is still a challenge. Product Review 18491 Brent Ehrlich http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/three-lounge-seating-manufacturers-keeping-pace-high-bifma-standards UN: Manufacturers Turn Blind Eye to Hazardous Chemicals At Their Peril http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/un-manufacturers-turn-blind-eye-hazardous-chemicals-their-peril 21224 2015-03-03 3 2015 Knowing the chemical ingredients in a product’s supply chain just makes good business sense, according to a United Nations report. Newsbrief 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/un-manufacturers-turn-blind-eye-hazardous-chemicals-their-peril Vinyl Roofing Membrane EPD Details Cradle-to-Grave Impacts http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/vinyl-roofing-membrane-epd-details-cradle-grave-impacts 21229 2015-03-03 3 2015 More trade groups are publishing industry-wide environmental product declarations to meet LEED v4 requirements. Product News 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/vinyl-roofing-membrane-epd-details-cradle-grave-impacts 07 54 00: Thermoplastic Membrane Roofing GreenCircle Will Label Products Eligible for LEED v4 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/greencircle-will-label-products-eligible-leed-v4 21222 2015-02-20 3 2015 Does that HPD meet LEED v4 credit requirements? Soon, you can just look for the logo to find out. Newsbrief 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/greencircle-will-label-products-eligible-leed-v4 Fannie Mae Offers Lower Interest Rates to Green Multifamily http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/fannie-mae-offers-lower-interest-rates-green-multifamily 21223 2015-02-20 3 2015 Multifamily building developers and owners now have a greater financial incentive to pursue green certifications: they’ll be rewarded by Fannie Mae Newsbrief 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/fannie-mae-offers-lower-interest-rates-green-multifamily Should Feds Adopt LEED v4? Uncle Sam Wants Your Input http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/should-feds-adopt-leed-v4-uncle-sam-wants-your-input 21216 2015-02-18 3 2015 GSA is asking for advice on how it should use LEED and keep up with the marketplace. Newsbrief 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/should-feds-adopt-leed-v4-uncle-sam-wants-your-input Take Control of Your Materials: Four Empowering Lessons from Teams That Beat the Red List http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/take-control-your-materials-four-empowering-lessons-teams-beat-red-list 21139 2015-02-01 2 2015 Need to streamline your product vetting process? These LBC project teams have it down to a science, and anyone can apply their methods. Feature 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/take-control-your-materials-four-empowering-lessons-teams-beat-red-list Huge Carbon Savings from Transit Could Dwarf Building Efficiency http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/huge-carbon-savings-transit-could-dwarf-building-efficiency 21135 2015-02-01 2 2015 LEED-EBOM project data confirm that how people get to the office has a greater impact than other green building efforts. News 18480 Paula Melton 18497 Tristan Roberts http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/huge-carbon-savings-transit-could-dwarf-building-efficiency California Questions Whether Low VOCs Make Artificial Turf Safe http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/california-questions-whether-low-vocs-make-artificial-turf-safe 21141 2015-02-01 2 2015 Smell no evil, see no evil: low counts of toxic fumes have been used to argue turf fields with crumb rubber are safe, but a new bill calls for more study. Newsbrief 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/california-questions-whether-low-vocs-make-artificial-turf-safe Ten Green Products That Could Transform the Building Industry: An Updated Wish List http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/ten-green-products-could-transform-building-industry-updated-wish-list 21136 2015-02-01 2 2015 We’ve been pleasantly surprised with recent green building innovations, but we can always dream of more. Here’s what’s on our wish list now. Product Review 18523 Alex Wilson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/ten-green-products-could-transform-building-industry-updated-wish-list The Problem with Red Lists http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/problem-red-lists 21142 2015-02-01 2 2015 Having a short list of toxic chemicals to avoid is convenient, but nasty “alternatives” can sneak in the back door. Hazard screenings help solve this problem. BackPage Primer 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/problem-red-lists A New Place to Store Rainwater: The Fence http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/new-place-store-rainwater-fence 21137 2015-02-01 2 2015 Created by a 14-year-old student for a science fair, Water Fence provides an innovative solution for storing large volumes of water. Product Review 18491 Brent Ehrlich http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/new-place-store-rainwater-fence 33 10 05: Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Components Ibuprofen Side Effects May Include Stunted Produce, Infertile Otters http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/ibuprofen-side-effects-may-include-stunted-produce-infertile-otters 21133 2015-01-25 2 2015 From our bodies into wastewater, and back into our water supplies, pharmaceuticals are disrupting biological processes in plants and animals. Newsbrief 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/ibuprofen-side-effects-may-include-stunted-produce-infertile-otters Spray Foam with Minimal Global Warming Impact Now Available http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/spray-foam-minimal-global-warming-impact-now-available 21130 2015-01-23 2 2015 U.S. production of next-generation HFO blowing agents signals a positive shift in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) market. Product News 18491 Brent Ehrlich http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/spray-foam-minimal-global-warming-impact-now-available 07 21 19: Foamed-in-Place Insulation Healthcare Giants Boycott Furniture Containing Flame Retardants http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/healthcare-giants-boycott-furniture-containing-flame-retardants 21104 2015-01-08 2 2015 Sixteen major buyers, including tech firms, retailers, and U.S. cities, have pledged to purchase furniture containing no chemical flame retardants. Newsbrief 18480 Paula Melton http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/healthcare-giants-boycott-furniture-containing-flame-retardants 17226 Colleges Making Progress—and Money—on Their Carbon Commitments http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/colleges-making-progress-and-money-their-carbon-commitments 21063 2015-01-05 1 2015 Schools that have signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment have had some success but still need to cut emissions in half by 2031 Newsbrief 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/colleges-making-progress-and-money-their-carbon-commitments Endocrine Disruptors Cost Society Millions, Says Report http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/endocrine-disruptors-cost-society-millions-says-report 21051 2015-01-05 1 2015 Europe could be losing 1,300 million euros a year dealing with male reproductive illnesses caused by endocrine disruptors. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Newsbrief 18478 Candace Pearson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/endocrine-disruptors-cost-society-millions-says-report