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BuildingGreen Names Top 10 Products

This year's list includes a variety of products that save energy or water and do less environmental damage than conventional products

Posted on Nov 19 2015 by Scott Gibson

Two kinds of office chairs, a clothes dryer, bicycle storage equipment, and high-performance panelized homes all found a place on BuildingGreen's Top Ten product list for 2016.

The publisher of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec annually recognizes products that it believes "transform the design and construction industry" by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy and water. This is the 14th year that BuildingGreen has made the awards.

Here's this year's list:

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  1. All photos: BuildingGreen

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Collection and Use of Urine

Human urine collection and use provide a better way to recycle nutrients than the use of composting toilets

Posted on Apr 3 2014 by Alex Wilson

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy this blog over your morning cup of coffee, here’s an article on… urine?


Let me explain.

Urine is a largely sterile, nutrient-rich resource that can be used in fertilizing plants. In fact, according to the Rich Earth Institute, the urine from one adult in a year can produce over 300 pounds of wheat — enough for nearly a loaf of bread per day.

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  1. Alex Wilson
  2. Abe Noe-Hays
  3. Rich Earth Institute

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