Gallery: The Best Sustainable Designs From Greenbuild Day 3

 
If you have not heard the news, the USGBC has launched an exciting new initiative called the Center for Green Schools. The goal for the center is to encourage education facilities for students of all ages to adopt green methodologies. Among the new crew leading the center are the Founding Sponsors from United Technologies. Company Vice President, Sandy Diehl, shown above with some of the Center for Green Schools crew, gave a Greenbuild opening speech about his long-standing relationship with the USGBC. United Technologies is a parent company for makers of energy-efficient HVAC systems, energy-harvesting elevators, and many other future-forward technologies.

To celebrate and honor the residents of the lower 9th ward, Bill McDonough spoke about his involvement in the Make it Right project. Together with Brad Pitt, he managed the development of 150 LEED platinum-certified homes in this area destroyed by hurricane Katrina. A new home owner of a Make it Right house took the podium after McDonough to give a heart warming story of how her family was forced to flee New Orleans and survived only on the kindness of strangers. When first moving to the newly-built eco home, her family did not have enough money to purchase furniture immediately and was forced to sleep on the floor. She was concerned that the carpet would make her sick, as she has experienced several times before. Two years later, she was ecstatic to say that her low-VOC Shaw carpeting has never irritated her allergies, and she is now a proponent of clean indoor air quality.

Cascade Engineering showcased their SWIFT wind turbine, which is perfectly-sized for your home, office, or apartment building. It is extra quiet, easy to install, and will save you a ton on your electric bill. See all the specs here.

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  1. John Whipple May 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    A very nice looking grab bar for sure. I have found that the illuminated grab bars from Elio to be code approved for wet locations and perfect for our seniors showers.

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