Day two of the Greenbuild Conference saw huge crowds visiting the trade floor and seminars at the LEED Certified McCormick Place West in Chicago. We at Inhabitat were also on the floor, checking out some of the best ideas and products from well over a thousand vendors. The quality of companies and products present this year has been very impressive, and the depth of representative’s knowledge of the impact of green design is very refreshing. The USGBC also encouraged the vendors to use electronic means of distributing product materials so much of the paper and giveaway waste were reduced. As we close day two of Greenbuild 2010, here is a look at some of the exciting stuff currently being offered, and don't forget to cruise Inhabitat Flickr for a lot more.
We got to see the Windtronics WT6500 wind generator for Honeywell up close and this thing is big. It’s energy production is built around the outer ring which is a revolution in design. It also starts spinning with very little wind, in fact the display unit was rotating using a just a box fan.
Collins Wood is an FSC lumber provider from California and is one of the first companies to adopt the FSC standard. They caught our attention with this fantastic bike who’s frame is made entirely with FSC wood. While the bike may not be for sale their lumber is and comes from a forest that has been developing sustainable harvesting techniques since 1855.
The Evapco display did a nice job of describing what thermal ice storage is. Think of it as the HVAC version of a hybrid car. Huge tanks of water are chilled at night, and then can be sourced to cool off the building in the day. This system dramatically reduces the size of chillers a building needs and shifts the energy demand from expensive peak load hours to cheaper power at night. The company’s smallest unit is rated at 700 tons of cooling an hour.
Columbia Forest Products was showing off their FSC soy based glue plywood from the PureBond line. We voted the booth as the best in show for its beautifully designed use of the product. Layers of cabinet grade plywood are stacked with spaces made from the cutting scraps. If you want to see more don’t worry we took a lot of images and talked to the designer about how she came up with the idea.
The BASF Booth featured a lot of company products that they helped develop. This display of water seeping through a FilterPave patio is a striking example of how materials science is improving the function of hardscapes. Rainwater can seep through the patio and directly back into the ground which helps in a multitude of ways: reducing storm water, feeding local aquifers and reducing the need to irrigate.
The BASF booth also was playing a little game of LEED Jeopardy all weekend, where contestants played for an iPad. It was like taking the LEED test all over again!
These interior shutters by Plug’n Save are a striking solar electric system and fine bamboo frame that can do double duty in the southern windows of your house. We were a little dubious about putting a solar cell behind a window, but a test of the energy output will prove if this really works – they look great though.
A very promising product is the ecocell Cellulose Batts and Panels that contain 75% recycled paper content. This product looks to be a interesting replacement for fiberglass for its convenience of installation. Given ecocell Panels benign materials composition the product is much safer when installed indoors compared to foam board or vinyl backed fiberglass. The r-rating is a respectable 3.7 per inch and the panels can be skinned with many types of material finishes.
The day finished up with a huge party held in the Merchandise Mart – the largest LEED EB certified building in the world. What better way to unwind from the day than to build something?! Cheers to the USGBC for putting on a great event!