‘Smart’ Lithium-Ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

Concerns about potential fire hazards from an overheated lithium-ion battery can celebrate this safety discovery from Stanford scientists. This discovery — a smart warning button — will provide a large boost for risk managers attempting to mitigate reported safety concerns over fires from the batteries. This press information came in today from Stanford and the AAAS: Stanford University scientists have developed a “smart” lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed…

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Building skin cools building

Low-Cost Building Skin Cools While Using No Energy

Imagine a building that self-regulates its temperature without electronics. A building that adapts, allowing outside air in as needed and eliminating the need for air conditioning, but that uses no energy in doing so. A University of California-Berkley research team has developed a new type of “building skin” that can do just that, and they are offering their skin as a low-cost option specifically for developing countries. The team developed SABER, a membrane that wraps around a building instead of walls,…

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Environmental Testing For Construction Tools

If your brand new circular saw falls off the tailgate of your pickup onto the pavement, will it still work when you go to use it next time? Or if you live by the ocean, will the salt air corrode your nailing gun? Manufacturers of heavy duty construction tools subject them to rigorous testing before they get sent to market to make sure they can take the abuse that life in the real world has in store for them. That…

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5 Companies That Power Sustainability

I write about companies that power sustainability. We need leaders to move the green sustainability movement forward, that truly power sustainability. Here is the beginning of my list: 5 innovative companies which are doing just that – constructing a pathway toward sustainable solutions. Harvest Power – “Harvest is creating a more sustainable future by helping communities meet the challenges at the intersection of waste, agriculture and energy in the 21st century. We divert discarded organic materials – primarily yard trimmings…

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$4000 Prefab House Project From Vietnam

I recently discovered this very affordable prefab house on Gizmag from North Wales author, Adam Williams. I found the house to be attractive and livable, with a story very much worth sharing. Overview: a Vietnam-based firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently revealed an affordable prefabricated prototype house to potentially offer Vietnamese people on low incomes a safe and dependable dwelling. While still a work-in-progress and thus subject to change, the S House model prefab house costs just 4000 USD to…

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USGBC Members Select Best of Building Awards Winners

USGBC Members Select Best of Building Awards Winners

This is the inaugural year of The Best of Building Awards, which celebrate the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building. Nominees and winners were selected exclusively by the members of USGBC, a vibrant and diverse community of nearly 13,000 of the world’s leading organizations invested in sustainability. “USGBC’s membership represents a diverse community of leaders that have made significant contributions to the advancement of green building,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC.…

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U.S. Wood Design Awards

This call for wood design nominations is for all lovers of wood! The due date is fast approaching (September 30 deadline) to nominate work for the Wood Design awards. Here is pertinent information from the website: Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in wood design, engineering and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness and sustainability. The Wood Design Awards program is intended to recognize architectural designers with the exception of…

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Green Materials Report – Smog Eating Roof Tiles

This post is part of the green materials report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes green materials green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings.   A team of students…

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Fiberglass insulation from Owens Corning

Green Materials Report – Fiberglass Insulation

This post is part of the green materials report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes green materials green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings.   Fiberglass insulation is a…

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Metal roofing

Green Materials Report: Metal Roofing

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Metal Roofing Metal…

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C-SIS exterior sheathing system

Exterior Sheathing System Improves Energy Efficiency

Composite Panel Building Systems announced the introduction of a new sheathing system that can improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings and homes, as well as new construction projects. The C-SIS exterior sheathing system combines insulation, an air/water barrier, structural components, and a water drainage plane into a compact panel that can be installed easily over traditionally framed walls. The C-SIS insulated sheathing system is designed to replace traditional plywood sheathing that is installed on the exterior of a framed…

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CertainTeed air cleaning drywall

Green Materials Report – Air Cleaning Drywall

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Air Cleaning Drywall…

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Fascinating Things about Shipping Container Homes and Offices

Recently, there is a trend of using the steel shipping container to construct residential homes and office spaces. You can find shipping containers for sale in Sydney and around the world. Many prefer using shipping containers as homes, office spaces, commercial spaces, etc. because they are strong, portable, easy to construct, and affordable. The Strongest Box on the Globe Corten steel containers are stronger than traditional steel and are less prone to corrosion. They can withstand harsh weather conditions and…

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All About Container Clinics

Shipping containers can offer a multitude of uses. One of these uses is a shipping container clinic – a type of architecture that makes use of the containers as medical clinics that can be set up and shipped off to remote regions of the world. Shipping containers are strong, durable, relatively low cost and widely available, making them ideal for such use. Shipping containers can offer a multitude of uses. One of these uses is a shipping container clinic –…

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Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles Now Available in Delaware & Hawaii

We are happy to report the Dow line of solar shingles is now available in two more states. Dow Solar announced today that the availability of DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles, an award-winning residential solar roofing system, is expanding to Delaware and Hawaii. Delaware and Hawaii are among the smaller states in the nation, both in population and geography. But in the solar industry, the two states rank in the top ten, which drew Dow Solar’s attention in determining the next…

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Guest Post: Help Your Wallet and the Environment by Switching to Energy Efficient Appliances

This is the second guest post from Australian-based Jacob Pettit. Key area of interest here: saving dollars with energy efficient, green appliances. There are many wonderful updates for your home that are energy efficient and green. These options effectively save you money and promote a more environmentally friendly world. One of the most significant changes that you can make is to swap your current non-energy efficient appliances for greener options. Green Enterprise asserts that energy efficient appliances are currently more…

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Arctic Circle Dome Home: Energy Efficient & Affordable

This post on the Arctic Circle Dome Home, called the EconoDome, has been written by Wil Fidroeff. The Arctic Circle is the southernmost latitude in the Northern Hemisphere at which the sun can remain continuously below or above the horizon for 24 hours or more. Barrow, Alaska, located 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is the northernmost settlement in the United States. In winter, the community endures 65 days of darkness, while during summer it enjoys 82 days of…

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Wool carpet

Green Materials Report: Wool Carpet

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Wool Carpet Wool is…

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