Building Technology Update for March 8, 2009

March 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

What I have today is a pretty wide variety of building technologies and improvements coming down the pike.

One that seems somewhat trivial, but really isn’t is a company called Method that has achieved a Cradle to Cradle certification for some consumer cleaning products.  The story is on Greenopolis ( and what it’s a big deal can be found in this excerpt:

Method’s achievement of C2C Silver certification for various varieties of liquid dish soap, hand wash, and foaming hand wash will put C2C products in many stores nationwide for the first time. And Method is in the process of certifying an additional 20 products.

This really raises the bar for other companies in this marketplace and should push the trend toward ecologically sound cleaning products that much faster.

Along that same line the carpet company, Interface has completed and Environmental Declaration for one of it lines (

Excerpt: “ The company is the first North American carpet manufacturer to complete an EPD, which provides detailed information on the materials within products, resources required by products, recyclability of products, and the environmental impacts over a product’s life, from production to use and disposal.

Next we have a reminder and an information article on VOC-Free Paints from (

Excerpt: “Options for furnishing and decorating your home with healthy materials are more numerous and accessible than ever. Even mainstream hardware stores often carry low-VOC paints. Stores like Green Living also offer no-VOC pigments, which feature deep, vibrant colors and color-matching services just like a regular paint store—minus the toxic chemicals. You can also find no-VOC stains and varnishes; recycled glass tiles; cork, bamboo and natural linoleum flooring; and healthy, appropriate adhesives and finishes for all of it.

The next two items are a little late for rainy season here in California but are very interesting none the less. The first from Greenopolis ( is the Raintube, a device to keep debris out of your gutter.

Excerpt: “A Cradle to Cradle Gold certified product, the RainTube is made of 100 percent recycled HDPE (the widely-recycled plastic with the number 2 on it), 98 percent of which is post-consumer content. Relatively simple in design, the RainTube fits into gutters, keeping debris out of the gutter while funneling rainfall like any typical gutter.

This product would be very helpful in connection with the CISTA, a rain collection system. The article on ( gives it a pretty hopeful review.

Excerpt: “The designers state that the system can collect up to 100 gallons of rainwater at a time without taking much space. Built from stainless steel, the system is sturdy enough to do the job for decades. A climbing plant is planted at the base and naturally winds its way up to the top of the 8-foot-tall tower, giving it a green and environmentally-responsible look.

Lastly today we have the story on the largest green roof in Seattle.  It is the roof of the parking garage for the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation headquarters. The story on Earth First ( sounds pretty excited, but it is what I would expect for the world’s richest man!

Excerpt: “The largest green roof in Seattle covers 60,000-sq-ft or about 1.4 acres, but it’s not at a public park or a museum. It covers the roof of the parking garage adjacent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters, which is currently under construction and seeking LEED gold certification. The garage itself is also seeking LEED gold. The vast, sloping green roof is easily visible from atop the Space Needle and from homes on Queen Anne Hill.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Aaron  |  March 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Those green roofs are really something else. I visited one in Carolina last week. Great post!



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