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October 2010

Free BuildingGreen Email News Bulletin

This month's EBN feature, "Retrocommissioning," is approved for one AIA HSW/SD CEU, and one LEED CE hour, as a benefit to our members. See our other CE options.

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Featured Calendar Events

REGREEN 301: Implementing Residential Remodeling
Oct. 28–29 – Denver, CO

With BuildingGreen's Peter Yost, the workshop will discuss the unique factors inherent in retrofit projects as well as the appropriateness and implementation of green strategies.

Greenbuild Expo and Convention
Nov. 17–19 – Chicago, IL

Coming to Chicago for the biggest green building convention of the year? Visit BuildingGreen at booth #512, and stay tuned for sessions with BuildingGreen editors.

Build Boston
Nov. 17–19 – Boston, MA

Nationally and internationally recognized industry leaders team up with the Northeast’s best to share their expertise in over 200 workshops, sessions, symposiums and tours.


The October 2010 issue of Environmental Building News (EBN) is available online.

Environmental Building News
Quote of the Month

"Any fire that takes place is doing really bad things to the environment."

- Karen Deppa, of the National Association of State Fire Marshals, on why it's natural for the fire safety community to focus on green building

This Month's EBN Feature

Retrocommissioning: Big Savings for Big Buildings
(Membership Required)

Big Buildings

Retrocommssioning, or RCx, can be a valuable tool for commercial building owners. RCx addresses the same scope as new building commissioning but is performed on existing buildings. RCx can improve building performance, save energy and money—especially for large buildings.

In-Depth EBN Product News and Reviews

Infrared Cameras Provide View of Building Performance
(Membership Required)

Infrared cameras are valuable, non-invasive tools for diagnosing potential problems in buildings and electrical and mechanical equipment.

Foamglas Insulation: A Great Option for Below Grade
(Membership Required)

This Month's Primer in EBN

The Water-Energy Connection

The production of electricity is highly water intense, just as the transport, heating, and cooling of water is energy intense. So saving energy saves water and saving water saves energy.

News in this Issue of EBN

Making Green Buildings Safe for Firefighters

California Takes Concrete Steps Toward Net-Zero-Energy Buildings

UL Environment Teams Up with EcoLogo

Regulators Zero in on HBCD Flame Retardant

High Performance Buildings Database –
Case Study Highlight

McCormack Post Office and Courthouse
Boston, MA

The goal of the project was to preserve the building's historical features while showcasing it as a model of energy efficiency and sustainable design.

Check out more case studies in the High-Performance Buildings Database

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