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Technology Trends in the Green Industry

December 20, 2010
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More and more companies in the green building industry are creating applications suited for your mobile device or iPad as a way to have quick and easy access to various companies. The big names such as iPhone/iPad, Blackberry and Android devices have markets where you can buy and download applications that go straight to your smart phone or iPad.

This growing trend is aimed at companies who want their clients, consumers or subscribers to receive information in the palm of their hand, whether it be the latest news on products or ways to calculate the payback of a net-zero building project. Since almost everyone these days has some kind of smart phone or iPad it can be a simple way to communicate and reach your audience through an advanced market.

Here are just a few of some of the latest green applications I came across:
  • CertainTeed Corporation launched a company-branded Quick Response code mobile smartphone application to simplify how architects, contractors, distributors and consumers get information about the company’s products.

  • YKK AP introduces its Architectural Product Master application providing green building professionals with direct access to critical green building resources, including a new calculator which will provide energy-saving metrics for specific products and projects.

  • The “123ZeroBuild” application designed by HOK with The Weidt Group enables users to calculate the payback of a net-zero building project by selecting a location, adjusting variables and entering utility incentives.

  • Builditlive.com launched its Mobile PlanRoom application providing contractors, engineers, and architects easy multi-user access to all of any given project’s construction drawings, specifications, notes, contracts and other related documents.

  • The new mobile smart phone tool from Kimberly-Clark Filtration allows HVAC engineers to obtain critical operating cost data for HVAC air filters allowing people to compare the energy costs and environmental impact of any two similar HVAC systems using different filters.
It will be interesting to see all of the different applications popping up in the market and which ones become most popular. With the progression of these applications there may be some skepticism as to whether these applications make for a beneficial tool for architects, engineers, project owners or facility operators in the green building industry. 
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