Top Ten Building Products of 2011

2011 marked Sustainable Industries’ sixth annual competition where more than 100 entries were received and evaluated. The requirements to make the top ten list are environmental performance, scalability/market impact, innovativeness, design aesthetic, and value and compatibility with LEED.

The top ten were: Adura Wireless Lighting Contols, Breathe Living Wall, Greensulate, HydroRight Dual Flush Converter, Indow Windows, Juice Bar, Mobile Solar Power Systems, Modlet, SageGlass and SmartSlope Living Retaining Wall.

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Gabion Walls Make Green Sense

This article on gabion walls was previously run on GBE. We bring it up again as a repost because the methodology is very sustainable and cost-effective. Good nutrition for the thought process!

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circHouse = the Better Yurt

Ryan’s primary goal for the circHouse has been to this end: to manufacture a durable and secure shelter that can be rapidly deployed to help assist with emergency aid efforts in places like Haiti, where citizens are still recovering from a massive earthquake almost one and a half years ago, many without any kind of decent shelter.

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Working Invigorated Under an LED Sky Ceiling

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) in Stuttgart, Germany have developed a moving luminous ceiling that has office workers gazing at moving clouds without ever leaving their desks. IAO researchers teamed up with LEiDs GmbH, an LED technology company, to make sure their ceiling simulates natural light conditions on a partially-cloudy day as accurately as possible.

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Think Twice: Electronics and Holiday Gift Giving

As we do our holiday shopping, we must remember that we inhabit a planet that can’t afford the environmental price of our careless consumerism. So when buying all the shiny, new electronics and gadgets, think if you or receiver of the gift truly needs the latest electronics.

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Bahrain World Trade Center by Atkins

As sustainable design becomes a more common practice, it is the aesthetic appeal and technological advances which are used in collaboration with these practices that make each building more inspirational. The Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) in Manama, Bahrain is a beautiful example of sustainability meets design. It was designed by Atkins with the goals of using renewable energy sources intertwined with sustainable architecture but inspired by traditional Arabian wind towers to direct the wind sources to wind turbines attached…

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New SolarWindows Would Be First See-Through Windows To Generate Electricity

Solar technologies are constantly evolving, becoming more and more effective as new designs and discoveries are made in the field. New Energy Technologies continues this trend with the advent of their new product, the SolarWindow. The new windows will be the first see-through windows that can also generate electricity through a specially designed spray put on the window. They are developing six different types of SolarWindows for different situations: Commercial- A flat glass window for installation in commercial buildings Structural…

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