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March 2011

New in Continuing Education

The Chemicals in Our Carpets and Textiles

For architects and designers, specifying these products and understanding their complex chemistry and manufacturer claims is daunting. We provide guidance on what to look for and what to avoid.

Read the article and earn 1 AIA HSW/SD unit, and 1 LEED CE hour


Design for Adaptation: Living in a Climate-Changing World

More and more experts acknowledge that while we must continue to do all we can to slow greenhouse gas emissions, we must also begin designing buildings that will work in a changing climate.

Read the article and earn 1 AIA HSW/SD unit, and 1 LEED CE hour

Posts from Our Blogs

Adios - for a little while...
Next week I'm starting an eight-month sabbatical. It's made possible by the Hanley Award that I received last fall, which included a financial grant. I'll be taking an unpaid leave from BuildingGreen (after 26 years) and stepping away from the day-to-day...
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Wake Up, Green Building, And Smell the Politics
Market-based solutions only get us so far: we need policies, too, and fast. David Orr stares political reality right in the eye, and refuses to back down.
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Look Before You LEED! Online Tool Offers Preliminary LEED for Homes Scores
A new LEED for Homes tool can help designers get the jump on certification--and is great for homeowners too.
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International Conference on Sustainable Design & Construction
Mar. 23–25
Kansas City, MO

Obtain cutting-edge sustainable design and construction knowledge and networking through this multi-discipline conference.

Living Future
April 27–29
Vancouver, BC

When the green building movement’s leading thinkers and practitioners come together to share their deep expertise and dearest hopes, we can leap ahead as a movement and as a society.

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CSI Section 09 93 23: Interior Staining and Finishing
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In recent years, polyurethane and other clear interior finishes have dramatically decreased the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that they offgas. Waterborne polyurethanes are also becoming common alternatives to conventional solvent-based products...
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Standout Products:

Woodtone Series Concentrated Tints
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Woodtone Series Concentrated Tints
Woodtone Series Concentrated Tints from Vermont Natural Coatings meet SCAQMD zero-VOC criteria and do not contain any hazardous air pollutants...
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PolyWhey Furniture Finish
PolyWhey Furniture Finish
PolyWhey is a waterborne furniture finish made using whey protein, a by-product of the dairy industry, as a binder.
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Acrovyn Wall and Corner Guards
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C/S Group pioneered PVC wall protection 40 years ago, and is now offering hundreds of profiles manufactured from Acrovyn 4000 PETG, FSC-certified wood, bamboo, and wood/metal combinations...
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High Performance Buildings Database – Case Study Highlight

Energy Upgrades Let the Light Shine





Improvements to lighting and HVAC at a Philadelphia design firm bring Energy Star rating up to 84.
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