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Industry Agrees to Phase Out DecaBDE Flame Retardant
December 31, 2009 06:31 AM - Alex Wilson, BuildingGreen

Following negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the two U.S. producers as well as the primary exporter to the U.S. of decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) have agreed to a three-year phaseout of the chemical. DecaBDE is a brominated flame retardant that, along with other polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), has long been targeted by environmental and health advocates (see “Flame Retardants Under Fire” in EBN June 2004). Two chemicals in the PBDE family, the penta- and octa- forms, were eliminated earlier in the decade, but decaBDE has remained in widespread use especially in hard (durable) plastics for consumer electronics and office equipment, upholstery textiles, drapery backings, and plastic pallets. Annual North American consumption was about 50 million pounds (23 million kg) in 2001, according to industry sources, though usage has dropped as much as 50% since then.

The Folly of Building-Integrated Wind
May 5, 2009 10:04 AM - Alex Wilson , BuildingGreen

Wind turbines on buildings could produce electricity where it's needed and catch high winds above ground level. However, wind turbulence, safety, cost, and poor performance all make building-integrated wind a limited strategy.

LEED Projects Doubled in 2008
March 26, 2009 10:50 AM - Andrea Ward , BuildingGreen

If you use LEED numbers as a gauge, 2008 was a success for green building. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) confirmed that numbers of both LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects doubled in 2008—from about 10,000 registered projects at the end of 2007 up to more than 20,000 by the end of January 2009, while square footage of LEED-certified construction rose 92%, from 148 million to 284 million square feet.

California Sets Up Toxic Chemicals Registry
November 3, 2008 10:53 AM - , BuildingGreen

Under two new laws, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has until 2011 to develop a process for identifying and evaluating potentially dangerous chemicals and to set up a searchable online database where consumers can find information on chemicals.

Regulations Demanding Actual Data Are Leapfrogging LEED
October 1, 2008 08:52 AM - , BuildingGreen

“It’s not how efficient the building is but how much energy it really uses that matters.” That’s the gist of many comments in a thread on BuildingGreen’s blog (and, simultaneously, on several email discussion groups) about how to measure the actual energy performance of LEED buildings.

Green Cleaning Required in LEED for Existing Buildings
June 30, 2008 07:53 AM - , BuildingGreen

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) first released LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB) in November 2007. The reference guide for the system is due out in June 2008, and, as of July 1, all projects seeking certification must register under the new version.

Utility-Scale Solar Thermal Growing Fast
June 25, 2008 09:22 AM - , BuildingGreen

Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants produce electricity at a utility scale by using mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight. New technology has made CSP the fastest growing utility-scale, renewable energy source in the U.S. after wind power, with utility companies such as California’s Pacific Gas and Electric and Arizona Public Service planning to add over 4,000 megawatts (MW) of new CSP over the next ten years.

CO2 and Other Greenhouse Gases
June 18, 2008 11:03 AM - , BuildingGreen

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most important of many human-generated “greenhouse gases”—gases that are contributing to a gradual warming of the planet. These gases, many of which have always existed in the atmosphere, contribute to a balance of heat flows that has given us a relatively stable climate. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, however, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has grown from its historical average of 280 parts per million (ppm) to over 380 ppm and counting.

Fears Grow with Polycarbonate Chemical Bisphenol-A
June 3, 2008 09:51 AM - , BuildingGreen

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used to make polycarbonate and epoxy plastics, has come under fire recently for its status as an endocrine disruptor. The chemical is commonly used as an ingredient in consumer products, particularly reusable water bottles, baby bottles, plastic dishware, tooth fillings, and canned-food liners.

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