'Green' News Roundup
The guide outlines five green principles that, with homeowner education, comprise the key to effective green building: 1) resource and waste management; 2) energy-efficient system integration; 3) resource-efficient plumbing; 4) good indoor air quality; and 5) low-impact development.
To download the guide, visit PATH online at www.pathnet.org.
Homes are inspected and verified by local green experts and the documentation is sent to the NAHB Research Center for review. If the project qualifies, the home can receive national certification from the Research Center.
The program has been adopted by the UA, the Green Mechanical Council, the Carbon Monoxide Safety Association, and the AC&R Safety Coalition for use in their educational programs. Contact HVAC Excellence at 800/394-5268, or Ferris State University at 866/880-7674 for further information.
The Concept Home was designed for flexibility (easy to update and expand for different life stages, new owners or the latest technological innovations); efficiency (easy to build and easy to live in) and sustainability (featuring green, energy-efficient products, systems and materials). The Concept Home meets Energy Star, Environments For Living and LEED for Homes criteria.
A protocol for screening buildings will be developed and implemented during the study to identify underlying variables influencing performance. A narrative report and educational presentation highlighting the findings of the project analysis and illustrative case studies will result.
The project at the Greentree landfill site in Kersey, Pa., converts landfill gas into pipeline-quality natural gas, which is then used to produce environmentally clean electric power while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is one of the largest such projects in the country. EMCOR Energy Services designed and constructed the gas compression and cleaning facility, an eight-mile pipeline and a blending and compression station at the connection to National Fuel Gas Co.’s interstate pipeline.
The figures represent documented wastewater investment needs, but do not account for expected investment and revenues. The needs in this survey represent a $16.1 billion (8.6 percent) increase (in constant 2004 dollars) over the 2000 report. The increase in overall national needs is due to a combination of population growth, more protective water quality standards, and aging infrastructure.
CEO Albert M. Baehny says in this report that economic success, acting in an environmentally friendly manner and social balance, are not a contradiction in terms. In fact, sustainability and social responsibility are closely interrelated.
In related news, Geberit North America has become a member of the EPA WaterSense program. In conjunction to becoming an active partner of WaterSense, the company will incorporate WaterSense communication products to its customers as part of its corporate commitment to environmental stewardship. In this effort, Geberit plans to cooperate with interior designers, architects and contractors to get the message to corporations that plumbing systems can save water.
Chicago Faucets also has joined the USGBC. Much of Chicago Faucets’ product line is committed to water conservation and incorporates low-flow aerators, adjustable metering cartridges sensor operated faucets.
Vortens’ products receiving the WaterSense designation in October 2007 include: 1) Tornado ADA (pressure-assist elongated HET with 1 gpf/4 lpf); 2) Tornado (pressure-assist elongated HET with 1 gpf/4 lpf); 3) Delfos (one-piece dual-flush elongated HET with 1.6 gpf/6 lpf and 1.1 gpf/4 lpf); 4) Rhodas DF (dual-flush elongated HET with 1.6 gpf/6 lpf and 1.1 gpf/4 lpf); and 5) Dali (dual-flush elongated HET with 1.6 gpf/6 lpf and 1.1 gpf/4 lpf).
In other news, IAPMO R&T recognized Neoperl as the first manufacturer to be independently certified to meet the U.S. EPA WaterSense criteria for lavatory faucets.
The city regularly checks regional companies to see if they are adhering to ecological wastewater guidelines as part of their responsibility to water quality on Lake Michigan. To ensure no chemicals enter the wastewater, Starline stores all dangerous substances in double-walled containers.
Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporatewide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals and annually reporting their progress to the EPA. Through program participation, companies create credible records of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders.
Johnson Controls plans to achieve this reduction goal through a comprehensive action plan that institutes energy-efficiency solutions in the company’s U.S. plants and facilities, processes and fleet. Through the EPA audit process, Johnson Controls has verified that it has already made good progress towards achieving this aggressive GHG reduction goal by 2012.
Barbara C. Higgens, executive director of PMI, will serve as the authorized partner representative and Shawn Martin, technical director of PMI will serve as the primary contact.