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Top Green Products Found at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto
Posted By Lea Stewart On October 7, 2011 @ 1:40 pm In Green Design Events,Green Products | No Comments
Modlet  plugs into any 120 outlet to monitor and transmit energy usage data to your home computer. Its an easy, inexpensive ways to track your efficiency habit using software supplied by Modlet’s manufacturer ThinkEco.
Construction Specialties  have partnered with Perkins+Will  to officially launch at Greenbuild the world’s first on-product eco labeling system from flooring called the Transparency Project . The label, which snaps onto their grid flooring modules, supplies an overview about the materials, recycling, and manufacturer information. By adding labels onto the product itself, it allows for building owners to have more information about repairing or end of life strategies for the material when they are remodeling. It also directs to a website called Transparency.c-sgroup.com , which provides extremely detailed product data. The company is making their system and website open source, so that other manufacturers are free to adopt the system.
No, this is not bubble wrap for your home, it is a revolutionary, natural phase-changing material called BioPCM  that can drastically increase a building’s climate efficiency. These mats have encapsulated pockets of completely natural and petroleum free, palm and soy oils. When exposed to heated, as they were shown at the Greenbuild  layered on a chamber heated to 120 degrees, the oils absorb to cool, but also store the warmth and expel it again when the outside temperature drops. BioPCM is not an insulation, but rather is used with insulation to regulate temperature more efficiently than by simply increasing insulation mass. For example, these sheets are comparable to using 12″ of concrete as a thermal barrier, but are lightweight, flexible, thin, and easily installed.
We have seen some really great examples this year of home cleaning product companies reducing packaging  and concentrating product. Now the commercial cleaning business can be green too with concentrated cleanser packs from PortionPac . To simply the packaging to its barest, the only printing is on a sticker that is also used to join three of the recyclable pouches together.
A heater, magnet board, and noteboard in one from Redwell ! Available with chalkboard, whiteboard, glass, mirror, or other artistic surfaces, these infrared radiant heaters are easily installed into a standard wall outlet. This poster sized ceramic heater will efficiently warm a 10′x14′ room and are safe to the touch.
Another type of efficient space heating comes from Jaga , whose uses low temperature forced warm water systems that provide radiant heat. These stylish radiators can be completely customized with bent wood, or patterned metal covers.
GE offers Nucleus , a home energy monitoring solution that can track your whole home, and also give specific data for your thermostat and appliances. To go along with this system of wall plugs and software, GE has introduced a water heater and washer dryer combo that has a built-in chip specifically to communicate with Nucleus. This added technology will allow the system to regulate appliances on off-peak energy cycles, and allow you to control remotely.
I spoke with Emma Stewart, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Autodesk  to learn about how their designing and planning software is enabling the green building industry. Because Autodesk has solutions for everything from product design, to industrial machinery engineering, building planning, and even urban planning, Emma said that it is like having all of the “ingredients” to design a sustainable city. They are able to offer designers all the product and materials information they need to make greener choice by leveraging strong partnerships with database providers. For example, their SEEK  program uses the Granta  database of LCA information, and gives free access to materials data. SEEK connects with Autodesk’s other architectural design software to allow for selection of products based on your personal green values. Check out this video  to see it in action.
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URLs in this post:
 Greenbuild 2011: http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx
 live streaming speaker series here: http://greenbuildexpo.org/News/News/11-10-05/Greenbuild_2011_is_Streaming_Live_Watch_from_Home.aspx
 Modlet: http://www.thinkecoinc.com/products.aspx
 Construction Specialties: http://www.c-sgroup.com/
 Perkins+Will: http://www.perkinswill.com/
 Transparency Project: http://www.fastcompany.com/1784776/a-nutrition-label-for-building-products
 Transparency.c-sgroup.com: http://Transparency.c-sgroup.com
 Orca Green: http://www.totallygreen.com/
 the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQTpBllZCfU&feature=player_embedded
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQTpBllZCfU
 BioPCM: http://www.phasechange.com/about-us.php
 Greenbuild: http://greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx
 cleaning product companies reducing packaging: http://inhabitat.com/replenish-cleaners-smart-design-cuts-co2-and-plastic-waste/
 PortionPac: http://www.portionpaccorp.com/
 Redwell: http://redwellheating.com
 Jaga: http://www.jaga.be/Global.aspx?TV=0&RF=0
 Nucleus: http://www.geappliances.com/home-energy-manager/power-usage-monitor.htm
 Autodesk: http://usa.autodesk.com/
 SEEK: http://seek.autodesk.com/About.htm
 Granta: http://www.grantadesign.com/products/data/caestarter.htm
 this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szPUZs184Sc&feature=player_profilepage
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