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Building Brain Trust on Deck for Show

Building scientists, coatings experts and other leaders in building technology will headline the array of technical sessions, roundtables and special events planned for the second annual ...


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Coatings that self-heal, self-clean, beat back moisture, purify the air and otherwise tune into their environment are set for red-hot growth in the years ahead, a new market forecast predict...


A Plant to Capture, Clean and Convert

Tomorrow's baking soda may be coming in part from the emissions of an industrial plant near you.


Meet Canada's Living, Breathing Bridge

Mother Nature is giving bridge coatings a run for their money in Canada, where an overpass now owes its aesthetic to plants, not paint.


‘Rammed Earth’ Yields a Greener Block

A California R&D company has developed a high-strength, greener masonry block using one of construction's oldest processes.


Sawdust Fires up a Greener Brick

A combination of new technologies—and a whole lot of sawdust—has enabled Australia’s largest brick producer to turn out what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick.


Warming Up to Pistachio Power

Turkey is making a novel, if nutty, run at a new energy source that officials say could power an entire city.


Seeding a Stronger Concrete

So what do you with 661,386,840 pounds of sunflower seed husks each year?


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


Nissan Shows Off $200M Paint Plant

New application technologies, smaller booths, a cool roof and other eco-friendly measures will slash energy usage and improve productivity at Nissan's new $200 million paint facility, billed...


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


Eco-Bridges Ease Wildlife Commute

Forget the carpool lane. Deer, bears, wild boar and even crabs are commuting in style, with “eco-bridges” popping up on transportation agendas around the world.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


LEED Coating, Chemical Plans Draw Fire

U.S. coating manufacturers are taking a dim view of new mandates proposed for the country's foremost green building standards.


Certifier SCS Has New Name, Services

Veteran third-party certifier Scientific Certification Systems Inc. has adopted a new corporate identity and certification mark to reflect its expanded services to the paint, coatings and ot...


Tube Hotel Makes Converts of Culverts

What’s the difference between sleeping in a concrete drainage pipe and sleeping in a hotel room? About 50 bucks a night.


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


DOT Rolls $112M into Green Transit

A battery that captures power from braking trains. Anti-idling technology on commuter rail. A pavement ice-control system for a transit yard.


Water Plant Remade as Green Neighbor

While fences bar the public from most wastewater treatment plants, a new Olympia, WA, facility will engage its community with visitor-friendly educational space, an exhibit gallery, and even...


PPG’s West Earns LEED Associate Accreditation

Victor West, architectural manager, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, has earned the LEED-Green Associate accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the credentialing affilia...


Registration Commences for Greenbuild 2010

Registration is under way for the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2010 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, scheduled for Nov. 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago.


New LEED AP Credential Launched

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced the launch of a new LEED® Professional Credential™: LEED AP for Neighborhood Development.


Tremco to Turn HQ into Sustainability ‘Showcase’

Tremco Inc., a part of RPM International Inc.’s RPM Building Solutions Group, said a $5 million renovation program for its headquarters building in Beachwood, Ohio, will “transform the build...


Finishes Contribute to GREENGUARD Certification for Cabinetry

The use of water-borne coatings and stains figured in GREENGUARD Environmental Institute indoor air-quality certification of kitchen and bath cabinetry manufactured by Executive Cabinetry LL...


Mythic Paint Joins Green-Building Startup

Mythic Paint has become the only paint manufacturer named as a founding member of the new U.S. Regenerative Network.


Homebuilders Assn. Awards Green Honors to 15

The National Association of Home Builders honored 15 builders, remodelers and other industry professionals for their green initiatives and projects at the association’s recent conference.


Green Building Programs Forecast to Skyrocket

Space covered by green building certification programs will increase from 6 billion square feet worldwide in 2010 to 53 billion square feet by 2020, a new market forecast says.


CSI Honors ‘Green’ Authority Paul Bertram Jr.

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) awarded its Distinguished Service Award to Paul Bertram Jr., director, environment and sustainability at Kingspan Insulated Panels, during the...


Contractor Makes Mark with ‘Footprint’ Analyisis

Turman Commercial Painters says it has something in common with business behemoths Wal-Mart, Intel, and Citibank: all are going where relatively few companies have gone before with pioneerin...


ITW Inc. Launches LEED Sourcing Program

ITW Inc.’s Performance Polymers & Fluids Group announced the launch of a coordinated “Building Green” program that the company says streamlines the process of sourcing products that can be u...


'Eco Office' Features Stucco/Coating Exterior

Sto Corp. reports that its StoPowerall™ stucco system was selected as the exterior cladding for the Southface Energy Institute's Eco Office in Atlanta, a LEED Platinum-designated project.


LEED for Neighborhood Development Launched

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) announced the launch of the LEED for Neighborhood Development green...


NSF and GREENGUARD To Develop Standard Limiting Product Emissions

NSF International, an organization that certifies products and writes standards for consumer goods related to their effects on health and the environment, and the GREENGUARD Environmental In...


Dunn-Edwards Debuts Zero-VOC Paint

Dunn-Edwards Corp. announced the launch of Enso, described as a premium, low-odor, zero-VOC paint that generates virtually no odor during or after application.


Garland Company Expands
Roof-Coatings Product Line

The Garland Company Inc. (Cleveland, OH) announced the expansion of its reflective roof coatings product line with the introduction of the Pyramic Base Coat, described as an applicator-frien...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Low-e Coating Window Film

A patent-pending, low-e coating is the key to the insulating properties of a new film product for windows introduced by a subsidiary of Solutia Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.)


Plasters Reported to Neutralize Odors, Chemicals

Shikoku International announced the availability in the U.S. market of its indoor plaster products, EcoDeVita™ KRT and KRM. The products are reported to reduce cigarette-smoke odors and neut...


Battelle Scientist, Honored by Chemists’ Group, Touts Potential of Polyols Based on Soybean Oil

Herman Benecke, a noted scientist at the research and development organization Battelle, has been chosen to receive the 2010 Industrial Uses of Soybean Oil Award by the American Oil Chemists...


W.R. Meadows Launches Online LEED Calculator

W.R. Meadows Inc. (Hampshire, Ill.) announced the launch of its LEED Credit Calculator, available on the company’s website at www.wrmeadows.com.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Bio-Based Polyol for Polyurethanes

Huntsman Corp.’s Performance Products division announced the commercial availability of a new, bio-based polyol for use in polyurethanes.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Color-Shifting Solar-Reflective Coatings

PPG Industries Inc. reported that the Appaloosa Branch Library in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the first building where the company’s color-shifting “cool coatings,” Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, hav...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Color-Shifting Solar-Reflective Coatings

PPG Industries Inc. reported that the Appaloosa Branch Library in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the first building where the company’s color-shifting “cool coatings,” Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, hav...


Abatron Products Receive GREENGUARD Certification

Abatron Inc. announced that several of its restoration products for wood and concrete have received GREENGUARD certification.


Landmark Green-Building Code Launched

A group of major industry organizations joined to announce the launch of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), described as a comprehensive model green-building code.


Arkema Launches Bio-Based Acrylics Project

Arkema announced an agreement with a regional government council and two university laboratories to launch a research program to develop bio-based acrylics.


Survey: Green Building Managing to Hold Appeal

An annual survey finds that, despite the recession, green building continues to retain strong support among design and construction professionals.


Polished-Concrete Floor Adds Luster
to School Building’s ‘Green’ Features

A polished concrete floor figures prominently among the many “green” building features of a new addition to Da Vinci Arts Middle School in Portland, Ore.


PPG Offers Course on Cool-Roof Coatings

PPG Industries Inc.’s industrial coatings business announced the availability of an educational program, “Cool Coatings for Metal Roofing.”


‘Beyond Green’ Projects Recognized

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recently announced the winners of its 2009 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Buildings Awards.


USGBC Issues ‘Top 10’ Green-Building Bills List

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued its ‘top 10’ list of legislation the organization says will help advance green building and the economic activity and jobs that would ...


Seminars on Green-Building Standard Offered

ASHRAE announced the availability of updated online seminar programs reviewing the requirements of the recently published, landmark green-building Standard 189.1.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Coating System for Solar Panels

DSM Functional Coatings announced the further optimization of its KhepriCoat™ solar-anti-reflective coating system, described as a coating system for multicrystalline-silicon panels that ach...


Advance in Solar-Cell Coating Technology Reported

New Energy Technologies Inc. recently announced the development of a novel, patent-pending nanotechnology process for “spraying” a solar-cell coating onto glass.


Plans Detailed for RRCI Annual Meeting

The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) announced plans for a new raw-material supplier showcase at the group’s upcoming fifth annual meeting; other meeting plans were also announced.


Test Lab Earns Cool-Roof Accreditation

The Fresno laboratory facility of Architectural Testing Inc. has been accredited by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) as an Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory (AITL).


San Diego Museum’s LEED-EB Triumph

Cool-roof coatings and the use of zero- or low-VOC coatings figure in The San Diego Natural History Museum’s certification under the LEED-EB: O&M rating system of the U.S. Green Building Cou...


Landmark Green-Building Standard 189.1 Published

ASHRAE announced publication of Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, a landmark standard that the organization ...


High-Performance Building Companies Honored

BASF joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in honoring five U.S. builders for exceptional achievements in high-performance building at the Second Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards.


New Web Page Offers Details on Green Standard 189.1

ASHRAE announced the launch of a webpage that provides detailed information about Proposed Standard 189.1, described as the nation’s first code-intended standard for high-performance green b...


SBIC Names Executive Director

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) announced the appointment of Bud DeFlaviis as the council’s executive director.


USGBC Awards Recognize Local Chapters

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently recognized seven of its nearly 80 local chapters with the council’s Annual Chapter Awards of Excellence.


Book on ‘Green’ Renovations Published

The Urban Land Institute announced the publication of a book on improving the energy-efficiency and “green” performance of office buildings in renovation programs.


Greensburg Continues Rebuilding with Hospital Project

Greensburg, KS, devastated by a powerful tornado in 2007, continues to make strides in its mission to rebuild “bigger, stronger, and greener.” The recovery process includes the construction ...


Landlords Renovating Vacant Properties

Many of the nation's vacant properties may hold potential renovation work for contractors, according to a new survey of landlords.


BASF, Clinton Initiative Collaborate on Cool-Roof Project in Philadelphia

BASF, the diversified global chemical and coatings manufacturer, supplied high-performance spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and reflective roof coatings as part of the restoration of a green-jo...


Registration Under Way for RRCI Meeting

The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) announced preliminary program plans and the opening of registration for the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


New Group to Build Green Homes for Vets

A new San Diego-based non-profit group will build and remodel barrier-free, environmentally friendly homes that meet the needs of disabled veterans.


PPG White Paper Focuses on Green Building

PPG Industries Inc. announced the publication of a white paper detailing how the company’s paint, glass, and coatings products can contribute to “green” certification of building projects.


Browner to Deliver Greenbuild Keynote Address

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Obama administration environmental adviser Carol M. Browner will deliver the keynote address at the annual Greenbuild International Con...


Deadline Extended for ‘Green’ Awards Entries

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has extended the deadline to this Friday, Nov. 6, for submission of entries in the council’s 2009 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awa...


PAINTSQUARE EXCLUSIVE: Much-Anticipated Green-Building Standard Holds Implications for Coatings, Related Materials

Standard 189.1 on green building, nearing completion of the review process, is likely to include provisions resulting in significant impacts on a number of coatings-related technologies.


EPA Recognizes ‘Green Building’ Projects

The U.S. EPA’s “Green Building Challenge” program recently recognized innovative projects.


‘Floating House’ Debuts in New Orleans

Morphosis Architects has completed the first floating house permitted in the United States, built for the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans.


Review of ‘Green’ Standard Resumes

ASRHAE announced the initiation of a new round of public review for Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Building...


USGBC Extols 'Greenest' Housing Program

The U.S. Green Building Council is calling the neighborhood being built by Make It Right New Orleans the "largest and greenest community of single-family homes in the world."


Distribution Deal Announced for Insulcoat

The Eco Partnership Ltd. announced an exclusive European distribution agreement with Entech Coatings Inc. for Ceramic Insulcoat with Cerylium™ products.


BASF to Host Education-Building ‘Summit’

BASF on Sept. 16 will host a High Performance Buildings for Education Summit, focusing on the construction and retrofitting of energy-efficient, healthy, safe, and production schools.


USGBC to Collect LEED Data

The U.S. Green Building Council has launched an effort to collect and analyze data from buildings that have achieved LEED certification.


BASF Building Earns LEED-EB Designation

BASF Construction Chemicals-Building Systems said its headquarters complex in Minnesota has earned a LEED® EB Silver designation.


YWS Architects Expands LEED AP Roster

YWS Architects, Las Vegas, announced the LEED AP accreditation of three additional architects.


Green Chemistry Awards Announced

The U.S. EPA announced the 2009 winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, a group that includes the developers of new, low-odor, high-gloss paint and coatings products.


Testing for New ‘Green’ Credentials Begins

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has begun testing candidates for the new LEED Green Associate credential or the new LEED Accredited Professional (AP) Operations and Mainten...


Durability Tops Architect Priorities in Building Products

Architects consider durability the most important attribute for any building product, including “green” products, according to a new industry survey commissioned by PPG Industries. In weighi...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Green-Building Estimating Resource

D4COST Software issued the Green Building Estimating Library on CD, containing cost data from LEED® and sustainable projects.


‘Climate Positive’ Program Launched

The Clinton Climate Initiative announced the launch of the Climate Positive Development Program, a global program developed to support the development of large-scale “climate positive” urban...


LEED Releases Regional Credit System

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released details of the regional credit system promised earlier as part of LEED 2009. The goal of regional credits is to encourage attention to sp...


Review of Green-Building Standard Begins

ASHRAE announced the launch of a third public-review period of proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


EPA to Recognize ENERGY STAR Designs

The U.S. EPA said it will unveil on Thursday the latest group of energy-efficient commercial building design projects that have been recognized as “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.”


National Green Building Standard Released

The National Green Building Standard, the first green building rating system to be approved by ANSI, is now available for purchase through BuilderBooks.com, the publishing arm of the Nationa...


USGBC Names Senior VP, LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council has named Scot Horst, chairman of the LEED Steering Committee the past three years, to the newly created position of senior vice president, LEED.


U.S. Green Building Materials Market to Top $80 Billion

The U.S. market for “green” building materials—$57 billion in 2008—is expected to expand by 7.2 percent annually to more than $80 billion in 2013, outpacing the growth of other building cons...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Zero-VOC Paint Colorants

BASF introduced PureOptions, described as a point-of-sale colorant tinting system for paints with zero VOCs and low odor.


Stimulus Priorities: Modernized Schools, Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency

The economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Obama will provide billions of dollars in funding for modernization of schools, the “greening” of federal buildings, expansion of mass...


Work Resumes on Green-Building Standard

The expanded committee charged with writing the nation’s first standard on high-performing green buildings resumed work with a meeting Jan. 27 in Chicago.


GGHC Names Dilwali Senior Director

The Green Guide for Health Care has named Kumkum M. Dilwali senior director.


ASHRAE Plans IAQ Webcast

ASHRAE announced plans for a satellite broadcast, “Clean, Lean, and Green—IAQ for Sustainable Buildings,” scheduled for April 22.


Review Under Way for ASHRAE 90.1 Changes

ASHRAE announced the launch of public review of proposed changes to the purpose and scope of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


Goetz Office Goes Platinum LEED

Group Goetz Architects announced plans to move into a newly designed LEED Platinum office in Washington DC.


ASHRAE Issues Energy-Policy ‘Roadmap’

ASHRAE issued a report described as a potential roadmap for addressing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources and its greenhouse gas emissions.


CSI Introduces ‘GreenFormat’

The Construction Specifications Institute formally introduced GreenFormat™, a web-based database of green-product information, at the U.S. Green Building Council’s recent Greenbuild Conferen...


New LEED Program Moves to Comment Phase

The U.S. Green Building Council announced the opening of the first public-comment period for the LEED for Neighborhood Development green-building rating system.


LEED 2009 Approved

LEED 2009, the update to the internationally recognized green building certification program, has passed member ballot and will be introduced in 2009 as the next major evolution of the LEED ...


NKBA Endorses Sustainable Design

The National Kitchen & Bath Association has released a new statement on sustainability that conveys its position on sustainable design, building practices and materials, while outlining some...


CSI to Roll Out GreenFormat at Greenbuild

The Construction Specifications Instiute announced plans to introduce GreenFormat™, a web-based CSI format that provides a standardized framework for identifying the sustainable properties o...


Group Issues Guidelines on Wood Products

The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) issued voluntary due-diligence guidelines and resources for members regarding sourcing and trading of imported wood products as part of eff...


LEED ’09 Ballots Due Nov. 14

Member balloting for LEED 2009 will close on Nov. 14, marking the U.S. Green Building Council’s final step in this latest evolution of the LEED green building certification system. Member ...


‘Green’ Construction Firm Joins Commercial Market

First Finish, a construction renovation firm that focuses on the hotel industry, has launched a new division to bring the firm’s environmental renovation approach to commercial buildings.


 
 
   

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