2014 Green Roof & Wall Industry Directory helps architects find resources

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiiesGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the non-profit membership-based industry association working to promote the green roof and wall industry in North America, has released The Green Pages: 2014 Green Roof & Wall Industry Directory. As the green roof and wall industry continues to grow, this directory will help architecture and landscape architecture firms find key players in the green roof and wall industry (manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, nurseries, etc.) as well as accredited Green Roof Professionals. It also provides design inspiration by profiling different projects all over North America.

The Green Pages will be available at GRHC’s two upcoming conferences—Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure, Designing for Health in Toronto, August 25-26 and CitiesAlive: Green Roof & Wall Conference, Water: The Key To Everything Green in Nashville, TN, November 12-15.

For more information about the Green Pages contact Paul Erlichman, membership coordinator, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities at perlichman@greenroofs.org or Jennifer Foden Wilson, editor of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine at jfodenwilson@greenroofs.org.

Bipartisan Energy-Efficient Cool Roof Jobs Act expected to create up to 40,000 jobs

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has reintroduced the “Energy-Efficient Cool Roofs Jobs Act,” S. 2388, which would boost job creation in the construction industry and significantly increase the energy efficiency of buildings throughout the U.S., lowering energy costs and saving money. The bill would improve investment returns on building energy-efficiency improvements by shortening the tax […]

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New approach to energy code compliance clears major hurdle

Owners and design teams working toward high energy performance buildings have a potential new ally in the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The development committee reviewing new proposals for enhancing the IgCC voted 8-5 on May 4 to approve a proposal that would add a first-ever outcome-based compliance path in a model energy code. The […]

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LG Electronics selected for DOE tech program

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HVAC manufacturer LG Electronics is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a new program designed to accelerate adoption of cutting-edge energy-saving technologies for commercial buildings. The technology is called variable refrigerant flow (VRF), and is being used in new commercial air systems. LG’s Multi V IV system uses VRF technology and brings […]

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Construction employment up in 40 states and DC

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia over the past 12 months and in 30 states and D.C. between April and May, according to an analysis today by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data.  Association officials said the employment gains help, but that construction employment remains […]

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Paper connects green infrastructure, health and resiliency

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has published a research paper, “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities” that discusses the connections between green infrastructure, health and community resiliency. The paper reviews a growing body of literature which illustrates that how we design buildings and communities has profound consequences for our health and […]

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Code change will reduce hot water waste, save Americans time and money

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Plumbing inspectors, manufacturers, engineers, contractors, labor representatives and other industry technical experts voted overwhelmingly recently to make a change to plumbing codes that will ensure hot water pipes in new homes and commercial buildings are insulated. Overall, insulation of hot water pipes will shorten the amount of time spent waiting for hot water at showers […]

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Five Myths of Tubular Daylighting Devices

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Are these myths preventing you from specifying/purchasing tubular daylighting devices for your commercial facility? Many people are familiar with the concept of tubular daylighting devices (TDDs), often generically referred to by more informal names such as solar tubes, sun tunnels, light pipes, or tube lights. The general concept is simple: A dome, attached to a […]

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Firestone Names 2014 Partner in Quality Award Winners

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Firestone Building Products recently recognized 189 firms across the United States, Canada and Mexico with its 2014 Partner in Quality Award. The annual award honors an elite group of Firestone Building Products Red Shield(tm) Licensed Roofing Contractors for a high level of craftsmanship and the skillset required for superior roofing installations. Firestone Building Products Red […]

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Green roof industry grows by 10% in 2013

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association announces a 10 percent growth rate for green roofs in 2013 in its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. The Washington DC Metropolitan Region saw the installation of 2,164,926 square feet of green roofs in 2013. Washington has adopted public policies and programs […]

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