The Health Product Declaration Open Standard, an open format for reporting contents and chemical hazards in building products, was released during Greenbuild. The HPD Open Standard, which is available free at www.hpdcolloborative.org, was developed with the participation of 29 building product manufacturers and 50 expert reviewers across the building industry. The newly formed HPD Collaborative, a non-profit membership organization, will develop, maintain and evolve the open standard to ensure it meets the needs of building users for reporting building product and material contents and associated health information.
The World Green Building Council, US Green Building Council and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have expanded their partnership to focus on creating green building solutions that can be readily implemented in C40 mega-cities around the world. The partnership will give C40 cities access to the full range of USGBC and WorldGBC green building expertise in project best practices, policy development and implementation, education and training, and data-driven tools and resources.
Data logger and weather station supplier Onset has launched a research-grade system design to measure the performance of green roofs. The HOBO Green Roof Monitoring System allows users to monitor roof conditions, measure stormwater runoff, improve irrigation scheduling and maintain rooftop vegetation. The system has plug-and-play sensors. customizable data displays and web-based access to data.
Clearwater Systems’ non-chemical treatment solution Dolphin WaterCare has earned LEED points on more than 350 projects including both new construction and existing buildings. The Dolphin WaterCare systems is designed to improve building resource efficiency within the HVAC system by reducing potable water use and wastewater discharge while controlling corrosion and bacteria.
Heliotrope, an Oakland, Calif.-based developer of energy efficient electrochromic glass, won the top prize of the NOCA Innovation Competition 2012. The company, which was picked as the winner by the US Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter and building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain, has developed smart glass products that can switch between solar transparent, heat blocking and heat and light blocking tints. Heliotrope was awarded a $50,000 cash prize. PlanGrid, a San Francisco-based company that developed a collaborative platform for construction information, was the second-place winner and was awarded a $25,000 cash prize. SmarterShade, the third place winner, was awarded a $10,000 cash prize for its smart window technology.