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This month’s focus is on new solutions for designing sustainable buildings—from an energy-saving air-conditioning system to good-looking OSB panels. To scout out the latest environmentally friendly products, visit the USGBC’s GreenBuild show to be held this year from 11/15 to 11/17 in Denver. Rita Catinella Orrell

 
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Top clockwise from bottom left: Confettilike recycled particles; 100 Percent panels in a range of colors; examples of recyclable bottles.

Colorful, high-impact panels made entirely from recycled plastic
This year, along with many other eco-friendly resin additions, 3form introduced 100 Percent, a new sustainable material offering made entirely from postconsumer-recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is typically generated from recycled bottles used for detergent, shampoo, milk, and cosmetics. 3form worked with a recycling partner to devise a state-of-the-art sorting and cleaning technology to sort the waste by color and then arrange a confettilike sprinkling of compressed color particles into artful combinations within the panels. The company’s own 240 member workforce at its Salt Lake City facility contributes to the recycling effort, even bringing in discards from their homes that are regularly shipped to the recycler in Alabama. 100 Percent panels are UV stable, offer chemical-resistance, and are suited for high-impact environments, such as restroom partitions, education and health-care facilities, as well as outdoor applications. Initially, 100 Percent is available in four colorways in 4' x 8' sheets that are 1'' thick. Color patterns can be varied according to the needs of the specifier, depending on the availability of specific recycled content. 3form, Salt Lake City. www.3-form.com [ Reader Service August 2006 # 212 ]

 

 

Latest addition to solar control family
At last year’s GreenBuild, Hunter Douglas Contract’s Nysan division introduced GreenScreen Eco fabric, the latest addition to the GreenScreen family of PVC-free solar shading fabrics designed exclusively for internal and external contract roller shades and solar control systems. The fabric is made of prestretched polyester available in 3 percent openness and five colorways. Customized dual coloring allows for a greater level of heat control, glare reduction, and outward visibility. Hunter Douglas Contract, Upper Saddle River, N.J. www. hunterdouglascontract.com [ Reader Service August 2006 # 213 ]

 

 

Chilling out overnight
Last June, New York State and County officials presented Morgan Stanley with a ceremonial incentive check for $300,000 for installing the Metropolitan area’s largest ice-storage-based air-conditioning system at its Purchase facility. The system, provided by Trane, makes ice at night during off-peak hours to provide cooling the next day during on-peak hours. The system is expected to lower the facility’s peak energy usage by 740 kw, reduce overall electric usage by 900,000 kwh, and reduce the site’s overall fuel consumption by 15,000 MBtu. Trane, Long Island City, N.Y. www.tranenewyork.com [ Reader Service August 2006 # 214 ]

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