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Sure Footed

No matter what floorcovering you choose, make sure it is installed correctly.
June 1, 2012

 With all of the fast-paced hype that green building is receiving throughout the facility management and construction industry, it’s easy to overlook some elements that may not be right in front of a building manager’s nose.  


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Interior Design Trends

As the workforce expands to five generations, costs can decline and productivity rise when companies adapt their workspaces.
June 1, 2012

 Combine the economic recession with an unprecedented five generations in the workforce, and conditions exist for dramatic restructuring of office space.  


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Sun Dried

A commercial coin Laundromat lowers its water bills by adding a solar hot water system at no cost.
June 1, 2012

 In Pennsylvania, a commercial coin Laundromat not only had its rooftop solar hot water system installed at no cost, but also the facility’s hot water bills will be forever reduced. 


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Carpets, Health and IAQ

Having an effective carpet cleaning program is the first step in maintaining indoor air quality.
June 1, 2012

 There have been a number of surprising studies throughout the years regarding the amount of germs and bacteria that can be found on office desks, cell phones, and the sponges we use to wipe down counters and wash dishes.  


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What You Need to Know about Biobased Products

June 1, 2012

 Architects, designers and facility managers specifying green building products will benefit from the resources available through the BioPreferred program.   


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The Water-Energy Connection

Create an energy-efficient building by reducing water use.
June 1, 2012

 Twenty years ago, when engineers would finalize plans in preparation to build a major facility such as a large office building or industrial site, water was very low on the project’s list of concerns.  


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An Education Philosophy for LEED Professionals

June 1, 2012

 LEED professionals who want their knowledge to evolve with LEED should pursue a set of activities each year that is timely and diverse in both subject matter and delivery methods.  


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LEED Professional Spotlight

June 1, 2012

 At the time I chose to become a LEED AP it was really the only professional credential available to me in Asia that was both internationally recognized and would demonstrate to clients and colleagues that I had more than a cursory understanding of green building issues. 


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Hard Choices

PROJECT: Green competition once again shows off projects that make the best use of tile and stone design.
June 1, 2012

There was a fair amount of change this year for Coverings’ annual PROJECT: Green competition sponsored by EDC. 


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Excellence in Design Awards: Bliss in a Box

A film studio finds paradise using simple, local materials.
June 1, 2012

Nirvana is an office space for an ad film production company. A film production firm that thinks out of the box, its films are a surprise — an unexplored humane perspective on a product. 


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Excellence in Design Awards: Rising from Phoenix’s Ashes

A neighborhood eyesore is resurrected as a net-zero energy regional headquarters.
June 1, 2012

When it decided to “build” a new Phoenix Regional Office, DPR Construction, a national general contractor/construction manager, committed to a redeveloping Phoenix community. 


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Architectural Fabric Membrane

June 1, 2012

 Birdair Inc.’s ETFE, or ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, is a transparent film suitable for large- and medium-scale architectural projects.  


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Hydronic Heat Pump

June 1, 2012

WaterFurnace introduces the 5 Series 502W12 high temperature hydronic heat pump.


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Complete Wall Systems

June 1, 2012

 The CommercialComplete Wall Systems is designed to be a systemized wall approach that addresses energy efficiency and continuous insulation, air barrier, moisture resistance and fire performance for a variety of construction types — all with sustainable product attributes.  


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Professional Paint Line

May 31, 2012

 Available in almost any color and in sheens ranging from flat to semigloss, Mythic Pro is designed as a non-toxic, ultra-low odor, high-quality paint line formulated specifically for painting professionals.  


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Architectural Light Shelf

May 31, 2012

 The InLighten Light Shelf reportedly leverages minimal material content, sightlines, weight, installation and maintenance efforts, all while maximizing daylighting and design options at a competitive price.  


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RAINSCREEN System

May 31, 2012

 A new design variation of the Dow-Knight CI-System continuous insulation rainscreen façades enables the overlap of panel cladding.  


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Fire-Rated Panels

May 31, 2012

 WoodTrac expands its ceiling system product offering with the addition of Class A panels for its suspended ceiling system. 


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Moisture-Controlling Insulation

June 1, 2012

 MR Faced Batt insulation was specifically created to control moisture.  


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Non-PVC Tile

June 1, 2012

 Armstrong Commercial Flooring launches STRIATIONS, its next generation of non-PVC, Biobased Tile (BBT), along with two new premium tiles, RAFFIA and CHROMASPIN, designed to offer benefits such as low maintenance and recycled content.  


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FSC-CERTIFIED Panels

June 1, 2012

 Ideal for high-profile applications such as furniture, cabinetry and fixtures, PureBond Classic Core panels are manufactured using voidless engineered MDF crossbands in combination with a veneer inner ply construction.  


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LED Lighting Systems

June 1, 2012

The GE Tetra LED Lighting Systems family is designed to deliver superior light uniformity in shallow cabinet signs.


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Eco-Friendly Finish

June 1, 2012

 Unearthed Paints’ new natural Hard Wax Oil finish is designed to be a durable surface treatment for wood, cork and stone in interior applications.  


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Energy Waste Analyzers

June 1, 2012

 The Fluke 430 Series II three-phase power quality analyzers use an algorithm to measure energy waste and quantify its cost.  


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Burning questions Berning answers

Is sustainability in healthcare a new concept of ‘green medicine,’ or just good medicine?
June 1, 2012

 It was great timing to have attended two healthcare-focused sustainability conferences this past month, the Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care (SSHC-12) and CleanMed.  


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Editor's Note: Tricks of the Trade

June 1, 2012
I was a horrible student. Elementary school, middle school, high school and college were all just means to an end: being done with school. 


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The Green Practitioner: Sustainability as the New Safety

A culture of sustainability exists when green practices become a habit.
June 1, 2012

Government regulation and oversight is often looked at as cumbersome, bureaucratic and unnecessary. 


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2013 Top Products

In this space last year we said a lot more jobsites could be going paperless in the future—or at least be incorporating more mobile computing devices. Judging by this year’s results of the 2013 Top Products, we officially know we’re not going (too) crazy. It’s glaringly obvious that the market for accessing important information on the go has rapidly evolved in just one year and will continue to change. We wonder what’s in store for 2014, but for now enjoy the products that interested you—the reader of EDC’s print, digital, eNewsletter and, of course, mobile content—most in 2013.

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