Greenbuild 2010: Companies Turn to Fuel Cell Power, Release Product Lifecycle Data

Greenbuild 2010: Companies Turn to Fuel Cell Power, Release Product Lifecycle Data

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Heading into the second day of Greenbuild, there's no shortage to the announcements coming out of companies taking part in the building industry's largest green conference and expo.

Diversey Adds Fuel Cell to Headquarters

Commercial cleaning services company Diversey will install a UTC Power 400-kilowatt fuel cell at its headquarters in Sturtevant, Wis. The fuel cell will provide about 40 percent of its main HQ building's electricity and 75 percent of its heat. Diversey estimates that will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 3,365 metric tons a year.

Expected to be up and running in early 2011, the fuel cell is designed so it doesn't consume or discharge water during normal operations.

Diversey also calculated the savings it's achieved at its main HQ building and campus since the main building earned LEED-Existing Buildings in 2004. Since then, it has reduced water use at its campus by 15.6 million gallons. And since 2006 it has cut natural gas by 28 percent, electricity by 15 percent and carbon emissions by 16 percent.

The company's distribution center in Mount Pleasant, Wis., has also received its third LEED Gold certification. When it was built it earned LEED-New Construction in 2007, then earned LEED-Existing Buildings in June this year, and just earned LEED-Commercial Interiors.

Solar Gard Releases Lifecycle Data on Energy-Saving Window Films

Solar Gard released the results of its environmental product declaration (EPD) on more than 30 architectural solar control window films.

EPDs are rigorous assessments of products, based on lifecycle analysis of them from raw material extraction to disposal, and they are based on a global standard.

Solar Gard says its window films can help buildings use up to 30 percent less energy for cooling by keeping indoor temperatures stable. In addition, with data from the EPD, Solar Gard says the environmental impacts of its window film production and distribution are offset by the energy saved from using them. [More coverage of Solar Gard's EPD is available here.]

Global Alliance Seeks Partners To Push For Sustainable Buildings Worldwide

A coalition of more than 30 organizations active around the world is seeking partners for an international alliance that will advocate for sustainable building practices as a key way to fight climate change.

The Global Leadership in Our Built Environment (GLOBE) Alliance will educate, raise awareness and gather support for investment in sustainable buildings practices by working with policymakers, financial institutions and United Nations bodies.

The alliance will seek policies and other measures that would support technical, financial and regulatory resources for communities and green buildings in both developed and developing countries.

New Program Streamlines LEED-EB Submissions

Green Building Services and the Portland Metropolitan Building Owners and Managers Association launched Building Insights O+M Track, a web-based program intended to assist in the LEED-Existing Building process.

Building Insights O+M Track is designed to be a central solution for documenting and streamlining submissions to the LEED Online program. Green Building Services says it can help reduce staff needs and training time for LEED-EB information tracking.

The program includes a framework for plans, programs, logs and surveys, and provides LEED calculations in categories like green cleaning and purchasing.

Brightest LED Replacement for Incandescents Comes to Lowe's

Osram Sylvania and Lowe's are introducing the Sylvania Ultra A-Line 12-watt LED bulb, which will be the brightest LED bulb replacement for 60-watt incandescent bulbs.

The Ultra A-Line will provide 810 lumens of light, use 80 percent less energy than incandescents and last 25 times longer. The product becoms available through Lowes.com this montlh and is expected to be in Lowe's stores by the second quarter of 2011.

Lutron Displays Recycled Shade Fabrics and LED Dimmers

Lutron Electronics showed off its array of light control and shading products, with new additions like its Diva/C·L and Credenza/C·L dimmers, which work with dimmable CFLs and LEDs as well as incandescent and halogen lights.

It's new GreenScreen Revive roller shade fabrics are made with pre-consumer and post-consumer polyester, are recyclable and are expected to receive Cradle to Cradle certification.

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