Stay Cool: California adopts green building code

The California Building Standards Commission announced the unanimous adoption of the nation’s first statewide “green” building code. The code is a direct result of the Governor’s direction to the Commission and will lead to improved energy efficiency and reduced water consumption in all new construction throughout the state, while also reducing the carbon footprint of every new structure in California.

“Once again California is leading the nation and the world in emissions reductions and finding new ways to expand our climate change efforts,” said commission chair Rosario Marin. “The commission should be commended for bringing everyone to the table including representatives of the construction and building trades industry, environmental groups and labor organizations, and achieving something no other state has been able to.”

The new California Green Building Standards Code goes well beyond the current building standards ( These new statewide standards will result in significant improvements in water usage for both commercial and residential plumbing fixtures and target a 50 percent landscape water conservation reduction. They also push builders to reduce energy use of their structures by 15 percent more than today’s current standards. They also push builders to reduce energy use of their structures by 15 percent more than today’s current standards. The new standards declare the minimum California will accept in environmentally friendly design — local jurisdictions and builders who wish to do more are applauded.

Dawn Solar, Decra provide materials for Future House USA, showcased at Beijing Olympics

Dawn Solar Systems, developer of architecturally integrated solar thermal systems, and Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc., manufacturer of building integrated photovoltaic products, announce a major hybrid cogeneration photovoltaic thermal system, utilizing both their power and heat technologies, was installed in the Future House USA (above) and showcased during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Decra Roofing Systems, manufacturer of stone-coated steel roofing shingles, also provided a portion of the materials for the project.

The Future House USA has been built by a consortium of three institutions: an Illinois corporation, The Alternative Energy Living Foundation, the Florida International University and the National Defense Council Foundation. FHUSA employs a futuristic design that integrates the architectural innovations of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chinese practice of Feng-Shui. This approach emphasizes integrating the home into the rhythms of the surrounding landscape, creating a smooth flow of air and light and enhancing fluidity of interior space by minimizing confining interior walls. These principles include energy efficiency, reduced municipal water consumption, indoor air quality, storm water management and recycling management. It is, in short, a system designed to maximize the home’s energy efficiency, environmental compatibility and sustainability.

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MeTecno USA offers new standing seam roofing option

MeTecno USA’s 1000 Series functions as an insulated, mechanically seamed system for low-slope roofing applications. The new product combines the performance advantages of a standing seam roof with the insulation advantages of a sandwich panel. The labor saving 42-inch width of the panels allows for fast installation. Plans for an architecturally appealing 24-inch width are in the works.

The durability and functionality of the 1000 Series makes it a top selection for commercial, industrial and cooler buildings, as well as for new and re-roof applications. The interior liner additionally provides a bright, reflective, washable surface which can help reduce lighting requirements.

The 1000 Series has been tested in accordance with FM4471 standards, a structural test for metal roofing.

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