Gallery: The Best Sustainable Designs From Greenbuild Day 3

If there was one product I wished I could take home right off of the show floor, it was the Cooper Lighting io Balance Beam. The bar features a line of down-facing LEDs that illuminate when a hand grabs the bar at any spot. Developed primarily for the healthcare industry, the design would provide the safety of a grab bar while lighting the patient's way as they travel down the hall.

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 Comment

  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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