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Trend watching at the Greenbuild Expo in Phoenix

November 13th, 2009

By Kate Nolan
Green Right Now

When Greenbuild Expo 2009 landed in Phoenix Nov. 9 with 30,000 participants, the circus came to town for Mick Dalrymple. He runs a.k.a. Green Building Supply http://akagreen.com , the Phoenix area’s first store of its kind.

Dalrymple also sits on the national board of the U.S. Green Building Council, the organizer of Greenbuild Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), which this year–its eighth–has packed 1,800 exhibitors into the recently expanded Phoenix Convention Center.

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ENERGY STAR celebrates 1 million homes; Houston is top-ranked market

November 10th, 2009

Green Right Now Reports

Where there’s a need, there’s a way. Turns out that the biggest proportion of ENERGY STAR homes are being built in steamy Sunbelt locations where keeping the AC under control is an urgent need.

The top market, with the most ENERGY STAR-qualified homes built since the program begin in 1995, is Houston, with 144,000 homes.

The next top cities with the most homes built to these guidelines include Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles

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Green Spas: Healthier practices serve clients and the environment

February 23rd, 2009

By Sommer Saadi
Green Right Now

Spa guests, already conscious about the health of their bodies, are starting to choose pampering experiences that keep the well-being of the environment in mind as well.

They still want to be indulged, say spa operators, but some are opting for experiences and products that soothe and improve, without nature-damaging ingredients.

Rona Berg, editor in chief of Organic Beauty magazine, says spa guests now look at what is in the products, where it comes from, who produces it and whether it is sustainable. Some even want to know if the company they’re supporting is giving back to the community.

“Consumer demand for healthier, eco-friendly and organic products isn’t showing any signs of stopping,” Berg says. “We’re undergoing a cultural paradigm shift and organic beauty is definitely one aspect of it.”

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Lighting the way: Daylight ‘harvesting systems’ are a bright idea

December 24th, 2008

Harvesting daylight is an ancient trick – as old as the first man-made structure, as old as life on our planet, actually. Using the sunlight provided by nature is the most basic and simple way to illuminate one’s world. But when it comes to modern, sustainable architecture, the idea is relatively young.

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