In the midst of the health and financial crisis being wrought by COVID 19, it’s hard to think, let alone finance, sustainability measures. Yet, as Tropical Storm Isaias reminded us, to ignore the impact of climate change is foolishness. What’s clear is that “normal” has changed. The organizers of the now-virtual Greenbuild conference, recently issued a succinct take on the matter in their “Sustainability: Yesterday vs. Tomorrow,” report, where key movers and shakers gave their outlook. This statement from Jennifer Taranto, director of sustainability, Structure Tone, sums things up well: “In the short-term, I think environmental sustainability will take a back seat to health and wellness in the built environment. I think we’ll see larger strides in the electrification of buildings, renewable energy, and energy efficiency as more new buildings move toward net zero goals and have carbon neutrality goals.” With that in mind, here are a few products that might help achieve net-zero goals.
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With no foundation required, the SolarZone charging and shade structure allows for power virtually anywhere. Completely prefabricated, its capacity allows for lights to be on for 8 hours; or four hours of wireless phone charging per day; or eight hours of computer charging per day.
Student safety and zero net energy initiative drive exterior lighting design at California campus. Plaza Verde is a housing complex on the University of California Irvine (UCI) campus. KTGY Architecture + Planning was commissioned to design the complex to connect east campus housing with the main institutional buildings.
Combining excellent solar control, a neutral appearance and low reflectivity, Cooper Carry specified approximately 45,000 sq. ft. of AGC Glass North America’s ENERGY Select 28 high-performance, low-E coated glazing for the Hotel Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center in Alpharetta, Ga.
When hygiene is top of mind, Bobrick’s touch-free SureFlo Automatic Liquid Soap Dispenser delivers.
For a safe restroom where patrons always have access to soap, SureFlo is easily top-filled with bulk soap—instead of costly, labor-intensive proprietary cartridges that increase risk of stockouts. Meanwhile, the dispenser’s Electronic Activation System eliminates contact between the patron and dispenser, preventing cross-contamination.
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The next-gen HEPA-filtered VERDEdri leads in sanitation, efficiency, and sound. All models feature a standard HEPA filter and antimicrobial technology for a clean, confident drying experience. It completely dries hands in as little as 12 seconds, while only using 3.16 watts-hrs and operating 30% quieter. Sound levels can be customized with extended three-mode settings. Universal voltage and ADA compliance makes installation easy and low cost. The new modern design is available in polished, brushed, white, or black finishes to complement any commercial restroom design.
Bradley’s new collection of Verge soap dispensers and faucets adds touch-free flair to today’s commercial washrooms. Choose from a wide array of modern and traditional styles and finishes to complement your washroom design vision. The sets complement Verge washbasins and work well with any other basin of your choosing.
Verge soap and faucet sets incorporate advanced sensing technology and innovative features that make hand washing hygienic, convenient and reliable. Optimized sensing eliminates false activations and thoughtful spout designs increase space for handwashing and cleaning.
The Dri-Design Metal Panel System can be manufactured in a wide variety of metal options. With the capability to produce panels from Aluminum, Zinc, Stainless Steel, Weathering Steel and virtually any flat or lightly embossed metal, the options are nearly endless. Different materials can also be used in conjunction with other options, like shadow, tapered and perforated series panels. Regardless of design choice, Dri-Design’s patented and highly tested attachment and water management system is at the foundation of everything we do. Aesthetic versatility and performance in one system.
While Azon does not make windows, the company does offer turnkey technology for the manufacture of polyurethane polymer thermal barrier aluminum fenestration. Using thermal barriers to improve energy savings in the window assembly helps manufacturers meet strict energy codes and standards worldwide, ranging from monumental architectural to residential aluminum window classes. The newest ultra-performance Azo-Core high-density foam thermal barrier by Azon contains the best combination of energy efficiency and the highest shear strength of all thermal barriers used in the most demanding climates and conditions.