Gallery: The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in...

 
One of the most interesting new solar products at Greenbuild is the Pythagorus Solar Windows which sneaks horizontal solar electric cells into a window without blocking the view. It seems like sleight of hand when looking at the solar cells placed in the glass when facing the exterior and walk around to see them simply disappear. Imagine entire towers clad in with solar windows, making power all day while improving the light inside by blocking heat and glare but maintaining the view.

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke about all aspects of environmental policy, green building and infrastructure. USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi rallied the troops with an aggressive talk taunting detractors and framing the conversation as “we are right” when it comes to the debate on the future of society. We hit the show and caught some of the most innovative products that can make that rhetoric a reality.

Filterpave is a paving material made from 96% ground glass that is bound with an acrylic binder. The surface is laid in the same manner as concrete, and it’s available in several vivid colors. What makes the surface so green is its ability to let rain easily percolate through—making parking lots, patios and walkways storm water management systems.

A much softer surface is available from Bramal – it’s made from 50% reused tires and it can cover just about any substrate. It can be used on roofs to shed water, on bridges to protect steel, and tests are underway to use Bramal as a low-impact sidewalk in front of buildings.

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