Chatham University Green Trade Show 2010

Nicole and Elizabeth at Chatham Green Show 2010

Nicole and Elizabeth at Chatham Green Trade Show 2010

Chatham‘s Green Trade Show gave students a chance to get exposed to new eco-friendly products that are on the market. Among the representatives were Benjamin Moore paints, 3Form, Forbo, and Take Pride Construction and Design & Concrete Zen. Students gathered around our table as Nicole and Elizabeth discussed the methods and properties of our concrete production. Nicole discussed all of the attributes of GFRC as well as concrete staining techniques and integrated pigments within the GFRC. We also mentioned some possible uses of recycled parts, like glass, that can be added to the ad-mixture for a specific effect. Nicole stressed the fact that energy is saved in the manufacturing of Concrete Zen’s mixture due to the use of VCAS, a by-product of the Fiberglass Industry.-Elizabeth E.

Mosaic at Tile & DesignsElizabeth & Nicole joined the libations at three showrooms in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh last night. Tile & Designs Inc., Le Tapisseur, and Weisshousewere the destinations. I asked Janelle of Tile & Designs to clue me in on details of the most durable, high traffic tiles that they had in the showroom. She was extremely knowledgeable of the different manufacturing processes of the tiles that they had on display and their appropriate uses. Le Tapisseur has a wide array of fabrics and wall coverings. Weisshouse has a great assortment of custom area rugs in their showroom in addition to their full design services. –Elizabeth E.

GAGI pre-party at the Shadow Lounge

img_0683 GAGI stands for Geek Arts Green Innovators. It is a great feat to bring people together who have differing backgrounds and common interests. Christine McCray Bethea is the fearless organizer who is coordinating events for the GAGI festival on April 2nd. The fun filled evening includes a fashion show, green innovation, robotics and more…Please see www.gagifestival.blogspot.com for detailed information about the event. Brian, Nicole, and Elizabeth joined the fun Friday, March 19th at the AVA Lounge and the Shadow Lounge talking with participants of the up and coming festival. Everyone who I spoke with had very interesting activities to share. It was inspiring to hear that environmental consciousness is widespread nowadays!–Elizabeth E.

Windows and Solar Power

Solar Dye in Windows

Solar Dye in Windows

Popular Mechanics covers a ground breaking story: “Within a decade, windows… could generate electricity”! MIT researchers started a company: Covalent Solar developed the “Organic Solar Concentrator” that uses “dyes [to] direct photons to solar cells at the edges”. This method of collecting light “could increase the efficiency of existing solar panels by as much as 50%.”- EE

Please see:  http://tr.im/RvIM

 

Florida Solar Energy

Florida Solar Energy

Florida “reflects”on its ”Sunshine State” nickname as it becomes recognized as being the 2nd largest solar energy producer in the country. In an article posted March 5, 2010 by iStockAnalyst, Lawmakers have introduced a half-dozen alternative energy efficiency bills that aim to speed up initiatives to help fund alternative energy production and consumption methods.  Implimentation into current energy systems would require some investment on consumers’ part. The idea is to find balance with what consumers can handle financially to help front-load the changes necessary to move away from bio-mass fuel dependancy.  Several bills proposed would require utilities to pay renewable energy producers the same rate they get for; have 20 percent of their energy come from renewable resources by 2022; and levy a 25 cent monthly fee from customers for state rebates for people who use energy saving products.

 

 

 

 

The Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh is starting a group of young professionals who want to be at the forefront of green building initiatives. I represented Take Pride Construction/Concrete Zen. There were 12 attendees who all have different professions that have relevant connections to the green movement.-Elizabeth Edelstein

"Go Green"

"Go Green"

Net Zero Building

BedZed Zero Energy Housing in the UK

BedZED Zero Energy Housing in the UK

                                                                                    

I attended the Net Zero Building lecture at Chatham University which was given by Robert Shelton, who is a Chatham University Interior Architecture instructor. I found it to be exciting that software is now being used by architects to develop energy efficient newly constructed buildings and existing structures during the beginning of the design phase. This technology eliminates the schematic portion of construction documents and simultaneously follows LEED guidelines. – Nicole Santella

 

Phil Martino of Concrete Zen featured in DWELL Magazine for Shadyside Project.

Phil Martino of Concrete Zen featured in DWELL Magazine for Shadyside Project.

Phil Martino (PCM Inc) has been a dealer/builder in NUCOR Pre-engineered buildings in the Pittsburgh Area for 15 years. NUCOR is one of the largest recyclers in North America.  A recent project in Shadyside Pittsburgh was featured in DWELL Magazine http://tr.im/QYrQ.  We hope that our efforts that generate enthusiasm in Concrete Design and Pre-Engineered Buildings can help guide the Sustainable format the construction industry is working towards.

NUCOR’s Green initiative is listed on their site: http://tr.im/QYu9

Strict Rules Passed Regarding Lead Paint Removal

As stated in the February 17, 2010 issue of the Tribune Review, The Environmental Protection Agency will require that “every contractor dealing with lead paint [must] be certified by the agency”. Also the method in which the paint is removed must be done according to these new rules. “U.S. Census figures show [that] across Allegheny County, 88% of the homes were built predating 1978 [which is] when lead paint was used.”-The article goes on to say. This will call for a higher painting estimate, as well as, more painting equipment purchases in order to get the job done according to the stricter rules. Take Pride started off in  Victorian Restoration. We produced work in New York City and was required to have an EPA Lead supervisor abatement certification. We needed this for any work done in the City built pre 1960 and 1960-1978 if there is reason to believe that there is lead in the building. Lead was used as a white pigment on residential buildings. ” White Lead” was later replaced by Titanium Dioxide.

Old Paint to be removed from Victorian Project

Old Paint to be removed from Victorian Project

The “Red Lead” was used for rust inhibiting on metal bridges and industrial uses. Lead can be dangerous to children and animals because the chips taste sweet. The children and animals can ingest and it can lead to an array of complications such as learning disabilities in children and death in animals.-EE/B

Olympic Villages are “Green” Examples

Olympic Village LEED Platinum

Olympic Village LEED Platinum

The U.S. Green Building Council awards Vancouver’s Olympic Village the LEED Platinum Certification.

Recalling the Beijing Olympic Village, we were made aware of the “worlds biggest new green architectural projects…”-TreeHugger.com. The “Green Pix Zero Energy Media Wall” was one of the projects there that collected solar energy during the daytime and used it to power the screen at night.

These large scale environmentally sustainable projects serve as a way to promote “Green” technologies, proving to us that if it can be done through a prototypical example, it can be accomplished at a residential scale! -EE

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