Green Building

Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center Breaks Ground

TESTINGA variety of environmental businesses are leasing space at the Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center in Minneapolis, MN., which is in the process of being built. The 64,000 square foot office and manufacturing center is located on a former brownfield, and is a project of The Green Institute. The center will be a model green building with 100 percent daylighting, ground source heat pumps, a wind and solar energy system, and a 4800 square foot rooftop garden. At least 10 percent of the materials come from salvaged sources. The Green Institute mission is to create self-sufficient models of economic development with a focus on the emerging green business sector. Green Institute: 612-874-1148

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Full-Featured Green Hotel Opens Soon

TESTINGThanks to a $14 million renovation, the Sheraton Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia will be at the forefront of environmental design in the hospitality market. Set to open by the end of this year, the 192-room hotel will occupy part of the 72-year old, 17-story mixed use Rittenhouse Regency building. The hotel is making indoor air quality (IAQ) one of its hallmarks. Its ventilation system will provide filtered outside air to occupied rooms 24 hours a day. Smoking will be prohibited throughout the hotel. Materials were selected with IAQ in mind, including paint and carpeting. Furniture is made from certified wood and only water-based glues are used. The bed sheets and curtains are made from organic cotton. At the center of the six-story atrium will be 60-foot bamboo trees. Bamboo was chosen because they take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen at a 35 percent higher rate than most other plants. “When a person is having breakfast in the atrium, the high amount of oxygen makes it feel like a ski mountain,” says Barry Dimson, president of EcoSmart Properties, one of developers. Lobby flooring is also made from bamboo. Dimson says because they were able to market these features, the hotel […]

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Calling All Sustainable Developers

TESTINGGermantown, Wisconsin officials are looking for a developer for a conservation subdivision deserving of national recognition. The Conservation Fund offered assistance in the project design and will promote it as a model for protecting water quality in the Great Lakes region. “I hope it will change the way we do business,” says village planner Sig Strautmanis, “convincing us to use smaller lots and protect more open space.” Financial incentives are available – sewer-service area calculations will be based on total site size even though much of it will be preserved. The Conservation Fund has a two-year, $275,000 grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund to set up conservation subdivisions in three Great Lakes communities. Two projects are already underway in Huron, Ohio and Niles, Michigan. The Conservation Fund’s sustainable community efforts: [sorry this link is no longer available] Source: GreenClips

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Construction & Demolition Waste Resources

TESTINGThe U.S. EPA released a report, “Characterization of Building-Related Construction and Demolition Debris in the United States.” C&D debris is produced at a volume of 136 million tons per year and 65-85 percent is landfilled. The report categorizes the total into residential and non-residential waste and by source – construction, renovation, or demolition. Download the EPA report The National Association of Home Builders Research Center and EPA have a case study, “Deconstruction – Building Disassembly and Material Salvage: The Riverdale Case Study.” Download it from the Smart Growth Network “Residential Construction Waste Management: A Builder’s Field Guide” is available from NAHB-RC: 800 898 2842

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