LEED for Healthcare Prescribes Strong Air-Quality Medicine, Other Design and Specification Challenges “Durability and Design News”

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Healthcare green-building system, which recently won the approval of USGBC’s membership after several years of debate and discussion, prescribes a strong indoor air-quality regimen in health-care design in addition to other trademark LEED sustainable-design measures.

Continue Reading December 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

SCAQMD to Weigh Additional Moves to Cut VOC Emissions

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), which imposes the toughest air-quality regulations on field-applied coatings anywhere in the country, is weighing additional control measures that could be approved next year.

Continue Reading December 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

CA Projects Seek Non-Copper Antifouling Options

The Port of San Diego, CA, will spend up to $500,000 to fund projects and research designed to develop innovative, non-toxic alternatives to copper-based hull coatings.

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One Hot Car: Solar Coating Helps Power the ‘Quant’ “Durability + Design News”

In the building of the future, solar power and other forms of “green” energy will keep occupants in comfort. When the day is done, the workers will head for the nearby light-rail line and catch the train to their housing cluster just a few miles away, located within walking distance of the grocery and the café.

Continue Reading November 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

ASHRAE Offering Free Downloads for Limited Time of ‘Flagship’ Energy-Efficiency Standard 90.1 “Durability + Design News”

ASHRAE is offering free downloads of its flagship energy-efficiency standard, 90.1, for a limited time, as a result of a funding contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Continue Reading November 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Key Color Drivers: Individual Style Preferences, Economic Realities “Design + Durability News”

A combination of individual style preferences and budget-conscious decorating choices will drive paint color trends in the coming year, says Paint Quality Institute paint and color expert Debbie Zimmer.

Continue Reading November 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Cool Million: On NY Roofs, White is the New Green “Durability + Design News”

New York can make a great many claims, including status as the financial center of the West; as a leading cultural and entertainment mecca; as home to the most storied sports franchise of all time in the Yankees; and as arbiter of all that is hip and happening.

Continue Reading November 5, 2010 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

Cutting-Edge Green: ‘Vision Zero’ Home Touted as Model of Energy-Efficient Design “Durability + Design News”

The use of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is among the energy-saving building technologies employed in the first net-zero energy home in Michigan, say the partners in the project to design and build the house.

Continue Reading November 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

California Enacts Leftover-Paint Management Program: Durability + Design

California lawmakers have made the state the second to enact “producer responsibility” legislation for the management of unused paint, the Product Stewardship Institute announced.

Continue Reading October 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Subtraction by Addition: Multiple Parts Equal One Cool Roof System

A combination of metal roof-assembly innovations—including the use of solar-reflective coatings—is exhibiting potential for significant energy savings in steep-slope roofing applications.

Continue Reading October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

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