FEMA Investigates Emergency Housing Air Quality
September 7, 2007 04:20 PM - Jessica Boehland , BuildingGreen
Washington - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced in August 2007 that it had suspended the installation, sale, transfer, and donation of emergency-housing trailers until concerns over high levels of formaldehyde can be investigated. A common ingredient in pressed-wood products, including particleboard, formaldehyde can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rashes; headaches; nosebleeds; and severe allergic reactions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers formaldehyde a probable human carcinogen, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer calls it a known human carcinogen.
Seattle Grocery Store Earns LEED Gold
September 7, 2007 04:11 PM - , BuildingGreen
Redmond Washington - The Redmond, Washington, branch of Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets became the first grocery store to achieve a Gold certification in any of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating systems. The store, certified under LEED for Commercial Interiors, features 28 skylights that bring daylight into the store and reduce general lighting electricity use to an anticipated 0.21 watts/ft2 (2.25 W/m2), an 86% reduction compared with a base case building in minimal compliance with Washington State code requirements; electricity use for accent lighting is expected to be 37% lower than code.
Tahoe Research Center Among 'Greenest' Buildings In World
September 7, 2007 02:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LAKE TAHOE - One of only five such buildings in the world, the new home of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has received a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The center is located in Incline Village, Nev., on the north shore of the lake. The Tahoe Center is a 45,000-square-foot facility housing UC Davis's research laboratories, a public education center; Sierra Nevada College laboratories and classrooms; and office space for the Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada, Reno's Academy for the Environment. All of these functions are focused on understanding and preserving the unique ecology of the Lake Tahoe watershed.
Low VOC Paint For Euro Aircraft
September 5, 2007 02:10 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MIELEC, Poland - A Polish aircraft manufacturer is the first in Europe to use an environmentally friendly zero-to-low-Volatile Organic Compound paint product for aircraft. "The new paint product uses 27 percent less material and has 41 percent fewer air emissions," said Robert Araujo, Manager of Environment, Health & Safety for Sikorsky Aircraft. "This was our Poland Team's first effort, and with the approval of the Polish government, we will continue to apply this technology to the benefit of a cleaner global environment." Araujo said the technology meets or exceeds the specifications set forth by the Polish government. "This has the potential to become the new standard in aircraft coating and paints," he said.
China Plans $265 Billion Renewables Spending
September 4, 2007 03:19 PM - Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters
BEIJING - China plans to invest 2 trillion yuan ($265 billion) in renewable energy by 2020, most of it corporate cash, to wean itself off polluting coal as it aims for cleaner growth, a top energy planner said on Tuesday. Chen Deming, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, added that China aimed to be using domestically made and designed equipment by then, which could cut prices for clean energy worldwide. "We expect the majority of the funds to come from companies," Chen said when asked about the 2 trillion yuan forecast.
New Trend - The First Wind Turbine On The Block
September 3, 2007 12:16 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MARIETTA, GEORGIA - It may be the first in this Atlanta neighborhood, but definitely isn't the last. Not in Georgia or elsewhere. That's because the small-scale residential wind generator installed last week in the side yard of Christine and Curt Mann, in one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods, will generate between 200 to 400 kWh a month on average, powering most of the Mann home and eliminating as much CO2 from the atmosphere as an acre of mature, healthy trees. That kind of savings, as marketers say, has 'viral' appeal.
Choices Expand for Environmentally Friendly Meetings
September 2, 2007 05:13 PM - Bruce Fears, Green Lodging News
As green options in the meeting and conference industry expand, environmentally conscious event planners, organizers and companies are finding that going green not only helps save the planet and resources, but also offers a wealth of other benefits and advantages. As the following questions and answers demonstrate, green meetings can help save the planet and yield real rewards for meeting attendees and your budget.
Green to Gold, Worthwhile Read for Any Business Owner/Operator
September 2, 2007 05:03 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News
Whether you are in a leadership position in your organization or not, I highly recommend reading one of the best business books to come along in quite some time—Green to Gold—authored by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston. Esty is Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University and Winston is Director of Corporate Environmental Strategy at Yale. The two provide many examples of companies they call Wave Riders that have capitalized on the Green Wave rippling throughout the economy.
World Resources Institute Continues on Cutting Edge of Green Building Design
September 1, 2007 10:54 AM - , Green Progress
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is one of a small number of projects in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia region to receive an elite award for incorporating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design and construction aspects into its newly-expanded office space.
New roof technology could save you money
August 29, 2007 07:04 AM - DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
From an energy efficiency perspective, roof technology has not progressed substantially in hundreds of years, but that is changing with the use of active thermal mass components, reflective pigments and coatings, subventing, radiant barriers and other novel techniques being tested by a team led by Bill Miller and Jan Kosny of ORNL�s Building Envelopes group. Their prototype roof and attic system works by reducing attic temperatures by about 22 degrees Fahrenheit during a typical summer afternoon and decreasing the amount of heat that gets transferred through the attic floor to the living space.