Low temperature Asphalt applications: > 25% savings in energy
Different technologies have emerged over the last 10 years to produce
asphalt at low temperatures, being 230
°F in stead of temperatures
for hot mix asphalt in excess of 320° F. This lowers
the necessary energy requirements during mixing, and consequently lowers
emissions during application that reduces risk in working conditions and
local formation of smog.
promotes sustainable development and innovation, and as part of that, is
responsible to guide and monitor progress in different segments of industry
to lower the energy use through so-called LTA's; Long Term Agreements.
SenterNovem has asked theRightenvironment to assess the life cycle
performance of low temperature asphalt varieties as compared to conventional
asphalt applications. The results will be used to position low temperature
asphalt in the market and convince stakeholders with facts on
the Asphalt Industry website
USGBC defines timeframe for LCA credits in LEED-NC
Starting 3 years ago, USGBC is ready to present the methodology framework,
tool and guidance to include LCA in LEED-NC in the first half of 2008. The
progress report can be downloaded
theRightenvironment will contribute in the spring of next year in the
stakeholder consultation procedure.
EUMEPS wants to assert environmental improvements made between 1997 and 2007
The European branch association for manufacturers of expanded polystyrene
has invested in energy efficiency projects, recycling efforts and shifted
from pentane to water as the agent for the expansion. Pentane used to
present a significant contribution to summer smog. Clear achievements that
can be reflected in an environmental product declaration (EPD). EUMEPS has
contracted theRightenvironment to assess the current environmental
Our president a triple winner in the Austin Chronicle Kill-A-Watt challenge
The Austin Chronicle and Austin Energy organize a challenge to save as many
'kilo-watt-hours' (kWh), or electricity,
Austin's most energy-intensive months of the year: June through September.
Every month home owners,
renters, neighborhoods and businesses are challenged to save as many as they
can as compared to 2006. Joep Meijer signed up and he and his wife Courtney
were amongst the price winners for home owners in July (4th), August (3rd)
and September (3rd), averaging over 80% savings with less than 250 kWh per
month. They came in second over the entire summer. It is amazing to see what lifestyle can do.
UT Sustainability Colloquium on Life Cycle thinking in Sustainable Design
The UT Centre for Sustainable Development organizes
weekly series of colloquia where academics, professionals and community
activists are invited to discuss their unique approaches to sustainability
and sustainable development issues.
theRightenvironment will present her views and experiences on November 7th from noon till 1:00 pm
in the Battle Hall 101 UT Campus, on the environmental part of sustainable design.
The question is whether it is possible to quantify sustainability in terms
of footprints over the lifetime of a structure with no trade-offs in life
cycle phases or environmental impact categories? Based on the life cycle
assessment (LCA) methodology and software an answer will be drafted.
Prenormative building guidelines for water resilient housing
Building in a flood prone area, such as a river delta, requires special
attention to the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure.
Katrina showed us how critical building below sea level can be. More than
1/3 of the Netherlands is below sea level. They have built dikes, coastal
defenses and pump water out. However, thinking about water resilient
housing is only now taking shape. Several pilot projects are built or planned. The
biggest hurdle for wider application is a set of guidelines that will enable local governments to
permit new construction according to water resilient principles.
theRightenvironment is participating in a
multi-stakeholder process involving local governments, contractors and
building regulation experts. The goal is to gather available knowledge and
experience and draft prenormative guidelines. We are contracted together
with INTRON by the SEV. The SEV (The
Steering Committee for Experiments in Public Housing) is an independent
organization which actively supports a broad range of innovations in housing
Partnership with Sunergie
Patrick van Haren, president of Sunergie, is committed to enabling rural
communities to convert local resources into valuable renewable energy,
increase productivity of natural resources, improve soil properties and
improve water holding capacity, all of which are essential for regions in
areas like the central plains Texas and Texas hill country.
theRightenvironment and Sunergie are partnering to demonstrate the
macro-economic advantages of Sunergie strategies in local energy and carbon
cycles, thereby improving the overall sustainability of rural economies. We
are collaboratively engaged in an effort to scale Sunergie’s strategies and
approach from a small group of farmers to potentially all of the Great
June 22nd: Seminar - The power of LCA - Green Building Program on Life Cycle
Austin was the first city in the U.S. to start a Green Building Program.
They are promoting green building in numerous ways. They perform ratings,
give rebates and set up guidelines and building standards. The key part of
their work is sharing good experiences. One of their activities is to
organize a monthly seminars.
On Friday June 22nd The Right Environment organized a seminar based on the power of life cycle assessment (LCA). The
an introduction to the LCA methodology and showed examples of the power of life
cycle thinking using local examples. Moreover, it challenged the audience to start
thinking in cradle-to-grave decision making. More then 50 people showed up
and enjoyed a session that we really enjoyed preparing and even more
delivering. More info about the Green Building Program can be found
here. You can download the
presentation, the Austin
Climate Protection Plan and the USGBC
risk and health assessment of PVC products, both were used as examples
during the seminar.
Draft ASHREA standard 189 open for comments - LCA is a performance option
A proposed new standard that
will provide minimum guidelines for green building practices is nearly
complete and has been released for public review and comment. Comments will
be accepted through July 9, 2007 at
www.ashrae.org/publicreviews. The standard is being developed by the
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and will be the first of its
kind in the United States.
Standard 189P (Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green
Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) will provide a
baseline for sustainable design, construction, and operations in order to
drive green building into mainstream building practices. It will apply to
new commercial buildings and major renovation projects, and will address key
areas of performance including energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions,
sustainable site selection, water usage, materials and resources, and indoor
environmental quality. Standard 189P is being developed using USGBC’s LEED®
Green Building Rating System™, which addresses the top 25% of building
practice, as a key resource. Upon completion, Standard 189 will be an
ANSI-accredited standard that can be incorporated into building code. It is
intended that the standard will eventually become a prerequisite for LEED
LCA is included as a performance option
alternative. All services needed for this option can be provided by
the draft standard
C-Fix, a new binder with a Carbon potential
Refineries produce fuels that are richer in hydrogen everyday. This
leaves more carbon behind. C-Fix is a binder based on carbon rich residue of
refineries. It is mixed with aggregates to arrive to a product with
properties with a performance that pairs both concrete and asphalt.
TheRightenvironment assist C-Fix to determine its environmental performance,
and in particular, its effect on Climate Change. Compared to cement and
burning of fossil fuels it shows great promise. Currently C-Fix is
introducing coastal defense elements called C-Star. Fighting sea level rise
with C-Fix, a double win?
Healthy products from a healthy building for Presence SouthWest Inc.
Presence SouthWest Inc.
is a premier independent natural products
brokerage. It is born from a desire to work in a dynamic and environmentally
conscious industry. Because of their awareness of the necessity to take
better care of the planet and ourselves, it is their mission to join with,
and support, through open and communicative partnership, those companies who
share this goal.
Due to expansion they are moving to a bigger office. They chose to remodel
an existing building into a building that fits the company profile: healthy
and natural products from a healthy and natural office. The Right
Environment helps Presence SouthWest Inc. out by defining a green building
strategy. From this strategy choices are being made for the energy plan and
choice of materials. All adaptations are measured according to their
Royal Ahrend wants to know its environmental footprint to prepare for a
strategy on sustainability
Royal Ahrend is a producer of office furniture. They excel in creating
a productive working environment that demands both attention to detail
and consideration of the overall design: everything must match the needs of
organizations and their employees in order to make their work as satisfying
and efficient as possible. We are pleased to be able to assist them in
integrating the environmental footprint into their business strategy. The
first step is to set a baseline: to know where Ahrend is today. The entire
assembly will be modeled in such a way that environmental design will be
possible. Results will comprise of a DfE (Design for the
Environment) tool and procedures to keep the information up to date over
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Database for environmental road design receives large update
When you design a road and you want to integrate an energy and material
flow assessment in terms of global warming, summer smog and acidification
you need two things. An design and an assessment. We provide guidance for
the translation of the design into energy and material flows and perform the
Some clients perform environmental optimization on a structural basis using
environmental impact assessment tools. One of these tools assesses the
environmental performance of a road during its entire life span, from the
design phase to the end of life stage. We are commissioned to deliver an
update for the database.
Virgin Earth Challenge: Who can save the world from global warming?
Much attention is given to Al Gore and his battle to address the
challenges that Global Warming poses. Together with Richard Branson 'The
Virgin Earth Challenge' has been launched. It offers a prize of $25m for
whoever can demonstrate a commercially viable design which results in the
removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases so as to contribute
materially to the stability of Earth’s climate.
More info is available at the challenge website.
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Amendment of the Water Protection Decree based on evaluation of new
The life span of steel bridges and road works depends on the performance
of protective coatings. Maintenance can be spot-treatment (small scale) or
the removal of all the paint (large scale). Dutch legislation prevents
spot-treatment because of the restrictions of shielding and capture of paint
and shot blasting material to ensure the water quality under bridges. The
shielding is so expensive that only large scale maintenance is economically
viable. Changing the legislation may permit small scale maintenance, if the
environmental exposure can be determined as 'safe'.
We were able to prove
that for certain paints the environment is protected at a level where
the water quality is still assured, based on the following:
- a life cycle analysis with maintenance modeling over 100 years
toxicological assessment based on emission-immission
- current threshold values for toxic substances
- a model to determine the optimal frequency of a combined cycle of small
and large scale maintenance
The results will be used to substantiate a proposal to change current
legislation. If granted, this can save the Dutch taxpayer 15% of the
national conservation budget for steel bridges. This is equivalent to 7.5
million U.S. dollars per year.
Find out your CO2-Balance in 15
We can assist you in defining your CO2-balance.
To show you what it is we have developed an internet-based scan that will
guide you through a short questionnaire. The result will be that you will
receive a report with your footprint and a comparison to U.S. economy
indicators. It is free. Just give it a try.
Start your scan now
definition of carbon footprint - 2 pager
Proposal reviewer for the USGBC Greenbuild 2007 in Chicago, November 7-9
The successful Greenbuild 2006 in Denver will be continued in Chicago. The
program is under development. Over 1100 proposals for presentations,
educational sessions and workshops will be reviewed by
Greenbuild Program Committee assisted by a group of qualified reviewers.
The program should be finalized and announced in April 2007.
The Right Environment is helping the program committee by participating in this
Visit the conference
Peer review of the environmental performance of cladding panels
is a specialist in
manufacturing and marketing building materials. The group is active in 39
countries and is a specialist in roofing materials, boards, roof and wall
coverings. For four cladding materials it has drafted environmental product
declarations (EPDs) in co-operation with
EcoBilan, part of
PriceWaterHouseCoopers. We are performing a peer review. This gives the
ETEX Group and the market an objective assurance of the quality and
methodology of the data presented in the EPDs. With a positive result they
will be certified to use the MRPI-logo, a Dutch EPD system for the
environmental performance of building materials.
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How to promote large-scale water resilient housing?
The SEV is setting up a program for water
resilient building in the Netherlands. They wanted to know what to focus on
and what role they could play for the coming years.
Based on desk-research and after consultation of a wide
range of national and international experts the following recommendations
have been made:
the SEV as a knowledge center, it does not exist
• Focus on the decision making process, not on the technique
• Draft guidelines and manuals
• Support, participate or initiate experiments
Partnership with PE Americas
Together with PE Americas we have the ambition
to serve America with the best serviced on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA),
Building Performance and Sustainability and Strategy. Software development,
building simulations, environmental performances, database mining are just a
few possibilities that can be offered to you.
More than 15 years of experience in LCA, strategy and green procurement
brought together by more than 40 people are available for you.
Inspiring meeting with Pliny Fisk III
has been a leading sustainability promoter for decades and will be for more
to come. At the Center for the Maximum Potential of Building Systems, CMPBS,
he and his partner Gail Vittori show examples of green building, reuse of waste
materials, energy concepts and more. They offer an inspiring place for
interns to grow into an architecture that looks at the built environment in
its surroundings. They offer monthly open-house sessions every first Friday
of the month starting at 5.30 p.m.
Office opens in Austin, Texas
We are now located
on Rocky Spring Roadin Austin TX.
Details are available under
Partnership with INTRON
Together with INTRON we have the capacity to
include material sciences. Assessment, improvement and prediction of the
performance of building materials and elements are key competences.
Innovation is our trademark. We have developed prefab asphalt that can be
used as carpet (Rollpave) and storage of access heat or cold in building
materials through Phase Change Materials (PCM)
to safe energy are just two examples. The combination of a laboratory,
consultancy and certification body makes INTRON unique.
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for EPS producer
Producers of Expanded Polystyrene
want an update of their LCA-based environmental product data. The result
will be included in the calculation
tool for sustainable road design owned by
Bouwstoffenindustrie Weert B.V.
F Polycel B.V.
F Schulpen Schuim Nijmegen B.V.