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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Envirowagg: Great Composting Company with Your Dog in Mind

For home or neighborhood composting champions, Colorado-based Envirowagg is a nice sustainability company to know. For generations public health agencies have warned against the hazards of dog and cat waste with good cause. These carnivore wastes can contain many pathogens dangerous to humans. But if we are to achieve true zero waste, we need to find simple solutions for the 4% of residential waste generated by our beloved pets. It’s time to turn a new page. Professional composting upcycles dog…

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Waste Management Anyone? Try a Composting Toilet.

One component of a sustainable house is an infrastructure for waste management. A composting toilet may be a solution for some. We republish an article from Clean Technica on the topic. <!–rpuEmbedStart–> Waste Management Anyone? Try Composting Toilets (via Clean Technica)

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SolidWorks Offers Great Toolkit to Assess Environmental Impacts of Projects

For engineers and designers wanting to understand the environmental and supply chain impacts of the work they take on, SolidWorksXPRESS is a powerful design tool. Take a look at this post from Clean Technica. Or go ro SolidWorks to view this well-produced video. [repostus short=15pEV title=SolidWorks+Sustainability+Design+Software+Helps+in+Understanding+Environmental+Impacts host=Clean+Technica keywords= hash=3b135f6b492bfe9bc091e8bbb366bb7b]

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Modular Homes Revisited

Given the state of the economy in general, and many people’s smaller-than-hoped-for personal finances, this past post on modular homes from GBE seems worth republishing. Bottom line: some very fine structures are being created using modular components, and in many cases the footprint is far greener.   The Green Side of Modular Homes (via https://greenbuildingelements.com)

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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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