GlobeNewswire: EEBA Launches Residential Sustainable Products Database in Partnership With Ecomedes (PRESS RELEASE)s

GlobeNewswire: EEBA Launches Residential Sustainable Products Database in Partnership With Ecomedes (PRESS RELEASE). “The EEBA & ecomedes Sustainable Products Database allows builders, architects, engineers, and designers to search and compare products by category, brand, certifications, ecolabels, and performance criteria. Once selected, users can calculate the materials’ environmental impacts to evaluate how they help achieve their projects’ specific green rating systems, including the US Green Building Councils’ LEED programs, the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program, and more.”

Northwestern Now: New tool to guide sustainable building design and construction

Northwestern Now: New tool to guide sustainable building design and construction. “Originally created for disaster recovery and reconstruction guidance, the Building Material Selection and Use: An Environmental Guide (BMEG) examines environmental impacts, material alternatives, and design and construction best practices. WWF first created the tool in the wake of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, which severely damaged the country’s infrastructure and placed a high demand on resources. The BMEG provided a guidebook of sound practices to minimize likelihood of future disasters caused by deforestation, erosion landslides and floods.”

New-to-Me: Crowdsourced Database of Concrete Surface Building (Béton Brut)

New-to-me: a Database of béton brut. If you don’t know what that is – I didn’t either, I had to look it up – it’s a smooth concrete surfacing in architecture. Wikipedia has a brief article (Also check out this article from Homecrux). The article from Architect I’m linking to has several images from an upcoming publication: “Save the concrete monsters: That’s the unofficial rallying cry of SOS Brutalism, a crowdsourced online database that, since its launch in October 2015, has uploaded more than 1,000 exemplars of béton brut. Now the founders of the platform have bolstered the effort with SOS Brutalism: A Global Survey (Park Books, 2018).”

Engineering: Free Online Material Database Speeds Material Selection Process

Engineering: Free Online Material Database Speeds Material Selection Process. “Matmatch is a free-to-use, searchable online database of engineering materials from ABS to titanium, and everything in between. With this service, you can quickly gain insight into what materials fit your project’s needs, which options are feasible based on availability and location, and immediately find a supplier to source the materials—all on one platform.” The article I’m linking too was sponsored by Matmatch, and I feel I must note that here. However the article itself was informative and not fawning or obnoxious.

Perkins+Will: Perkins+Will Launches Revamped Material Transparency Website and ‘Precautionary List’ of Hazardous Building Materials

Perkins+Will: Perkins+Will Launches Revamped Material Transparency Website and ‘Precautionary List’ of Hazardous Building Materials. “Perkins+Will, the global architecture and design firm that ignited the industry movement toward healthier building materials with its 2008 Precautionary List and 2011 Transparency website, unveiled today updated and improved versions of both tools. The enhanced Precautionary List—a compilation of the most prolific and problematic substances that people encounter every day in the built environment—now functions more like a user-friendly digital database than a static list. It allows design professionals to search for key substances and chemicals of concern using filters like project type, product type, and health and environmental impacts.”

Phys .org: Know your cement, get greener concrete

Phys.org: Know your cement, get greener concrete. “An international team of scientists has created a new database of molecular dynamics models that simulate the properties of cement in all its varieties. It’s intended to help fine-tune this component of concrete and curtail emissions in its manufacturing process. Cement is used to bind concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Its manufacturing contributes as much as 8 percent of the greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.”

Builder: New Database Tracks Healthy, Efficient Building Products

Builder: New Database Tracks Healthy, Efficient Building Products. “Building Clean offers an easy-to-use interface that includes information about appliances, heating and air conditioning equipment, insulation, lighting, plumbing, roofing, sealants, and water filtration. Building Clean can be used to search for products with third-party health certifications and services that promote transparency about the chemicals contained in the products. The site can also be a resource for businesses looking to break into the energy-efficient product supply chain.”

Database of Lesser Known Timber Species (LKTS)

Now available with a slant toward builders and architects: a database of lesser-known timber species (LKTS). “The website allows users to search through more than 200 species and 50 case studies of current applications of LKTS (and will be constantly updated as new cases and data become available), providing inspiration and guidance for architects and designers looking to use wood in their projects. The database gives technical descriptions of the capabilities of each species, as well as their practical applications and examples of existing projects in which they have been used. By making this information publicly available, FCS Denmark hopes that designers will begin to employ a more diverse selection of wood types as an alternative to the more well-known ones.” The number of countries available in the database is limited but I found plenty of use cases.