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Uponor Flexible Plumbing Makes Historic Retrofit Possible

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 2, 2014 7:27:49 AM

A MASSIVE RENOVATION of the old Portland Press building in Portland, Maine, is underway. I took a tour last week through the building to chronicle its sustainability efforts. Like many buildings erected in the 1920s, it was built with vast amounts of concrete, framed with huge steel i-beams. According to project manager Alyssa Parker, crews have faced some daunting work drilling through that concrete, to make way for a completely new plumbing system. One smart move was to specify PEX-a-Pipe tubing from Uponor. Not only is the stuff color coded, it's also forgiving, and this particular brand of PEX is one of the most flexible. It forgives and bends easily around ancient beams and mechanicals.

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This Odor-Free Urinal Works Without Water

Posted by GBM Research

Jun 24, 2014 7:41:00 AM

By Klaus Reichardt

ADMITTEDLY, URINALS ARE NOT an everyday topic of conversation. And when it comes to homes and apartments, they almost never enter the discussion. However, that may be changing and changing very soon.

Home urinals, ranging in popularity, have been found in parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and even in India. However, the trend in the United States is still in its infancy. In addition, the economy, which has severely impacted the housing construction industry, has slowed things down considerably.

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Just the Right Pressure

Posted by Matt Power

Mar 26, 2014 10:46:00 AM

I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM MY FAILURES as a gardener. Back before I knew better, I used to unleash the full force of sprinklers and nozzle spray on my tomatoes, cucumbers and butternut squash. But inevitably, the plants would develop leaf mold, mildew or some other crippling disease, and I’d lose much of my crop. Now I understand that I was using too much pressure—adding too much water at the wrong time, aiming at the wrong part of the plant, expecting fast results.

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The Energy-Water Nexus

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 20, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Green Builder Media President Ron Jones has an ominous prediction: “If you think the oil wars are bad, wait until the water wars begin.” With severe drought conditions expanding across the globe, I fear that his warning may become a reality sooner, and more acutely, than we think.           

In this country, California, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia are on the frontline of the water crisis. Arizona just experienced its fourth warmest winter to date, causing water shortages across the state, and Texas is suffering through the lowest reservoir levels in 25 years.

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Is This The Ultimate Low-Flow Water-Saving Shower?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 28, 2013 7:29:00 PM

THE LATEST ADVANCE IN SHOWERHEAD TEHCNOLOGY comes from an unlikely place: New Zealand. A group of engineers at a company called Felton worked with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) to design a super-efficient spray system that saves about 50% over current low-flow standards. When you consider that the average 5-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water, this could amount to huge water savings. Showering accounts for about 17% of household water use in the U.S. (EPA).

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