http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs en GreenSpec Introduces Faster, Deeper Search http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenspec-introduces-faster-deeper-search <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item odd"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <h3>BuildingGreen is bringing its members changes to the industry-leading GreenSpec tool, making it easier on the eyes and faster to find products.</h3> <p>On April 19, BuildingGreen, Inc. rolled out a new GreenSpec tool to its members that has a new design and makes it easier and faster to quickly find greenest-of-the-green products for your project.</p> <h3><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/GreenSpec_insulation.png" title="GreenSpec&#039;s product searches are easier to drill down into." class="image-right" height="219" width="250" />Things you love that we didn’t change</h3> <p>GreenSpec will continue to be offered to BuildingGreen members as an integral part of our website. Here are some other things about it that aren’t changing:</p> <ul> <li>More than 2,600 product listings (with more added every day, and outdated or sub-par products weeded out) from more than 1,900 manufacturers.</li> <li>Listings screened to the highest achievable benchmark in every key building product category—from windows to insulation, from paints to toilets, from flooring to ICFs.</li> <li>We tell you why a product is green with our Green Attributes and measurable criteria.</li> </ul> <h3>What’s new and improved</h3> <p>Now for what we’ve improved on.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenspec-introduces-faster-deeper-search" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen's Top Stories GreenSpec Insights Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/greenspec-introduces-faster-deeper-search#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:55:56 +0000 Tristan Roberts 18960 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 6 Ways Our Household is Saving Water—And Energy http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/6-ways-our-household-saving-water-and-energy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> GreenSpec Insights </div> </div> </div> <h3 class="Standard">Saving energy isn’t only about using less electricity and fuel; it’s about saving water.</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Kohler_Bancroft_showerhead_1614_MedRes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Kohler_Bancroft_showerhead_1614_MedRes.jpg" /></a> <strong>Our 1.75 <abbr title="Gallons per minute (gpm) is a measurement of the flow rate of water faucets and fixtures."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term1854">gpm</a></abbr> Kohler Bancroft showerhead.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Alex Wilson<br /></em></div> <p class="Standard">In this weekly blog, I’ve focused a lot of attention on the energy-saving measures at our new home—from the innovative insulation materials we used to the air-source <abbr title="A type of heating and/or cooling equipment that draws heat into a building from outside and, during the cooling season, ejects heat from the building to the outside. Heat pumps are vapor-compression refrigeration systems whose indoor/outdoor coils are used reversibly as condensers or evaporators, depending on the need for heating or cooling. In the 2003 CBECS, specific information was collected on whether the heat pump system was a packaged unit, residential-type split system, or individual room heat pump, and whether the heat pump was air source, ground source, or water source."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2404">heat pump</a></abbr> heating system and our top-efficiency <abbr title="A ventilation system that transmits heat from exhaust air to incoming fresh air."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2405">heat-recovery ventilator</a></abbr>. What I haven’t said much about are the measures we’ve taken to reduce water use and why these measures save energy as well.</p> <p class="Standard"><strong></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/6-ways-our-household-saving-water-and-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/6-ways-our-household-saving-water-and-energy#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:59:08 +0000 Alex Wilson 18517 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Testing Pressure-Sensitive Tapes: Rounds Two and Three http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/testing-pressure-sensitive-tapes-rounds-two-and-three <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sticky Business </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <h3><strong>Tension and pressure, tears and creeps. The Wingnut Test Facility (WTF) gets dope-slapped in our latest round of experiments.</strong></h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/wtf_test_nesea.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/wtf_test_nesea.jpg" /></a><strong>Peter and Dave put tapes to the test at Building Energy 2014.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Walter Pearce<br /></em></div> <p><em>NOTE: Want to get into more sticky business like this? <a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/2645/Sticky%20Business">Read the whole blog series!</a></em></p> <p>The Wingnut Test Facility, or WTF, conducting new PSA tape testing in preparation for the <a href="http://www.nesea.org/buildingenergy/" target="_blank"><strong>NESEA BE14 Demonstration Stages</strong></a>, learned how half a dozen or so tapes are performing on half a dozen different substrates. We also learned, to our surprise, that pressure, or “bellowing,” may not be as important a factor as the wing nuts first thought. (For background on WTF and its prior tape tests, see “<a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/shocking-truth-about-tapes-emerges-wingnut-test-facility">Shocking Truth About Tapes Emerges from Wingnut Test Facility!</a>”, and to find GreenSpec listed tapes, see <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/productsByCsiSection.cfm?csiMF2004ID=1457">Flexible Flashing</a>.)</p> <p>Dave Gauthier and I decided two things at the end of our last round of testing:</p> <ul> <li>We needed a more-realistic, longer-term, “straight-pull” tension test.</li> <li>We needed a test that reflected the “bellowing” pressures that tapes see in real installations, driven by wind events.<br /> </li></ul> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/testing-pressure-sensitive-tapes-rounds-two-and-three" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen's Top Stories Sticky Business http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/testing-pressure-sensitive-tapes-rounds-two-and-three#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:20:59 +0000 Paula Melton 18461 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Urine Collection Beats Composting Toilets for Nutrient Recycling http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/urine-collection-beats-composting-toilets-nutrient-recycling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> GreenSpec Insights </div> </div> </div> <h3 class="Standard">Human urine collection and use provides a better way to recycle nutrients than use of <abbr title="Composting (or Nonwater) toilet systems are dry plumbing fixtures and fittings that contain and treat human waste via microbiological processes."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2304">composting toilets</a></abbr>.</h3> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Abe_Noe-Hays_5423_MedRes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Abe_Noe-Hays_5423_MedRes.jpg" /></a> <strong>Abe Noe-Hays of the Rich Earth Institute standing in front of a urine storage tank. <em>Click to enlarge.</em></strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Alex Wilson<br /></em></div> <p>Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy this blog over a cup of coffee here’s an article on…urine?</p> <p class="Standard">Really?</p> <p class="Standard">Let me explain.</p> <p class="Standard">Urine is a largely sterile, nutrient-rich resource that can be used in fertilizing plants. In fact, according to the <a href="http://richearthinstitute.org/">Rich Earth Institute</a>, the urine from one adult in a year can provide the fertilizer for over 300 pounds of wheat—enough for nearly a loaf of bread per day.</p> <p class="Standard">The Rich Earth Institute is a Brattleboro, Vermont-based organization that’s at the leading edge of the little-known practice of urine collection and use—something that’s emerging in Sweden and a few other places. This past Friday night roughly 200 people gathered at the <a href="http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/">Strolling of the Heifers</a>’ River Garden in downtown Brattleboro to hear Abe Noe-Hays and Kim Nace from the Rich Earth Institute, along with a New York City comedian/activist, Shawn Shafner, discuss the idea.</p> <p class="Standard"><strong></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/urine-collection-beats-composting-toilets-nutrient-recycling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/urine-collection-beats-composting-toilets-nutrient-recycling#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:20:12 +0000 Alex Wilson 18460 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com