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Green Building Applications

  • Soil Stabilization

    Problem: Poor load-bearing soils pose a significant problem for transportation and construction needs. Unpaved areas, such as access roads, paths, parking lots, driveways, etc can be highly vulnerable to near-surface shear failure and rutting, especially in moist conditions or areas with higher expected loads. Typically, engineers bridge over weak soils with rigid structures such as thick, reinforced concrete for roads and highways. However, such techniques are prohibitively expensive and inordinately difficult to install. The poorer the quality of the sub-base and the heavier the expected loads, the greater the amount and better the quality of support required.

  • EHS & sustainability solutions for the shipping & transportation industry

    Market trade and financial intelligence for ships, ports, aircraft, airports, railways and urban transport systems worldwide. For decades, EHS and sustainability professionals at IHS have served all kinds and sizes of organizations, worldwide. We pioneered the development of many sustainability information management solutions and continue to lead the way with new innovations.

    By IHS based in Englewood, COLORADO (USA).


    Roper’s Restaurant, a cowboy themed restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico has replaced its water softener with the computerized, electronic, water-conditioner Scalewatcher from Scalewatcher North America. By installing Scalewatcher, the restaurant has avoided paying the $500 quoted for replacement media for its old water softener and also saved hundreds of dollars a year in salt and water thereby providing Roper’s with a short-term payback on the unit. Roper’s Restaurant, part of Outwest Eateries LLC dba, is located in a hard water area. This necessitated Bryce Chant, owner of Roper’s Restaurant using a water softener to prevent scale formation in the kitchen. “When I was given the price to repair our old water softener, I decided to install the Scalewatcher from Advance Plumbing”, said Bryce Chant of Roper’s Restaurant. We have had great success with it. Even though we had a water softener we still had hard water scale and a white ‘film’ in the dishwasher. Now with Scalewatcher that scale and ‘film’ has disappeared.” The average restaurant consumes 5,800 gallons of water daily, with 50% being used in the kitchen. If not properly treated, hard water can drain a restaurant’s bottom line due to the early renewal of capital equipment such as water heaters, boilers, coffee makers, dishwashers, steamers and other water-fed equipment. Hard water contains calcium carbonate that adheres to heating elements and the internal surfaces causing scale buildup that impairs efficiency. The limescale that deposits on the heating element will, if untreated, reduces efficiency, induces corrosion of the element and ultimately lead to appliance failure. In addition in restaurants, hard water also necessitates the use of additional detergents. In fact, for every additional grain of hard water, detergent use increases by between 2% and 4% per 1,000 gallons of water used. Many restaurants, like Roper’s use a water softener to reduce limescale. However, water softeners use copious amounts of both water and salt, which are expensive to buy and salt is also bulky to store. In addition, in many States now, including Southern California, municipalities and water departments are severely limiting, and in some cases prohibiting, the use of salt-regenerating water softeners due to concern regarding the increased levels of salt in ground water. The award-winning Scalewatcher system not only helps restaurants meet these regulations by minimizing salt usage but also saves money on salt purchase and has the additional benefit of removing scale from water-fed equipment. The environmentally friendly Scalewatcher provides a permanent solution to hard water problems without the need of chemicals, salt or maintenance. It works by producing a varying electronically applied force field, induced by a coil wrapped around the outside of the pipework, which keeps the minerals in suspension and thus prevents limescale forming. The water’s increased solubility enables it to dissolve existing scale, which is gradually washed away. “We are saving money each month because we do not have to purchase salt for the water softener and we are not dumping salt filled water down the drain because there is no brine process with Scalewatcher”, said Bryce Chant. “Living in New Mexico with our drought situation, I hated knowing all that water was being wasted. Scalewatcher is a truly ‘green’ technology that we are happy we have implemented”. Roper’s Restaurant has been so impressed with the Scalewatcher technology that the managers have bought units for their homes and have recommended it to family and friends. Scalewatcher models are based on continuous research and over 20 years experience and expertise as market leaders in electronic scale control with countless units sold worldwide. The patented Scalewatcher systems start at $248.00 USD and are capable of treating pipe sizes from one to 120 inches. All Scalewatcher systems come with a full performance guarantee and include free shipping throughout North America.

    By Scalewatcher North America Inc. based in Oxford, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

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    2-Channel sound insulation for building acoustics

    Façade sound insulation is measured like sound insulation between rooms, except that one `room` is actually open space. The sound level is measured inside the receiving room and outside the façade of the building. The level difference is then corrected for the influence of the reverberation time and background noise level in the receiving room. Finally a single-number index is calculated by averaging over all the frequency bands. A loudspeaker source can be used for the measurement, giving a choice of sound incidence angle. But in practice, placing the loudspeaker and getting a high enough sound level can be difficult.

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    Sustainable solutions for metals & mining industry

    In almost no other industry are the topics of resources and energy efficiency of as great importance as in the mining and metal industry. The limitedness of the used resources and the energy-intensive production force the companies to bear great responsibility to act more sustainable and to reduce the environmental impacts.

    By thinkstep based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, GERMANY.

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    Air cleaning system for the green buildings (LEED)

    Dynamic Air Quality Solutions is proud to be a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on the environment and their buildings` performance.

    By Dynamic Air Quality Solutions based in Princeton, NEW JERSEY (USA).

  • BREEAM Air Quality

    The sustainability and environmental impact of a new build house is typically assessed using BREEAM. Part of the BREEAM assessment method is determining the air quality inside the house. Gradko can supply a range of products for qualified BREEAM assessors. We try to work with qualified BREEAM assessors to determine and meet their requirements. The products we normally supply are used for monitoring formaldehye and VOC levels in new build properties.

    By Gradko International Ltd based in Winchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Pure drinking water solutions for high-security facilities

    In June 2002 an Al-Qaeda cell was captured in Rome just before they poisoned the water supply of the US Embassy. This event demonstrates the added risk that government buildings, military contractors, royal palaces and other high-security facilities can encounter. These facilities should not trust an outside company to deliver bottled water, but instead must stay in full control of their own water supply at all times. Our secure drinking water systems are in over 100 US Embassies around the world because they provide a consistent supply of fresh, distilled water, which is the highest level of protection against the full range of possible contaminants. We provide premium water distillers for these high-security facilities as well as small systems to protect the staff at home. We also provide risk assessment and water education services.

    By Pure & Secure, LLC. based in Lincoln, NEBRASKA (USA).

  • Transportation

    We are among the main European suppliers of turbochargers for goods vehicles, locomotives, ships and partially also for cars. We specialize in precision castings of wheels, blades and other turbocharger components as well as their subsequent precision machining. We benefit from the latest technologies in precision casting employed by our Precision Casting Division in the Czech Republic as well as many years of experience. PBS Velká Bíteš has produced turbochargers since 1954. Gradually we began to focus on the production and machining of the technologically demanding turbocharger rotors and guide wheels and blades, including final grinding. Today, we are among the technological leaders in the industry. Our products are subjected to extensive quality testing. Quality Management System according to ISO 9001 is fully implemented in our production process.

    By PBS Velká Bíteš, a.s. based in Velká Bíteš, CZECH REPUBLIC.

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    PTR-MS systems for indoor air quality monitoring

    Room-air VOC detection and monitoring. Measurement of most common VOCs causing smells or health effects. Real-time monitoring of emissions related to the Sick Building Syndrome. Ozone induced reactions in aircraft cabins.

    By Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H. based in Innsbruck, AUSTRIA.

  • Investment services for aerospace and defense industry

    McHewel’s Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Practice brings direct experience and deep expertise to commercial and government organizations grappling with significant shifts in demand and funding for aircraft, equipment and defense-related services. Our experience extends from strategy and R&D to product development and logistics performance. We serve more than 25 percent of the top 15 aerospace and defense companies in the world, and support numerous defense agencies in both mature and emerging markets.

    By McHewel Investment Group based in Toronto, ONTARIO (CANADA).

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    Air Pollution Control for Metal Finishing

    ERG`s purpose-designed scrubbing systems are engineered to suit each application and client`s requirements.

    By ERG (Air Pollution Control) Ltd based in Horsham, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Recycling Equipment for Confidential Shredding Industry

    Confidential Archive Shredding Solutions; Optimizing output in terms of economic value against the lowest possible costs per tonne. This is the short-term goal for ervery installation that Bollegraaf provides. The long-term goal is to ensure permanently low operating costs and achieve an optimal return on investment. Significant savings can be achieved at many offices by freeing up valuable office space that is occupied by filling cabinets or boxes full of documents. However, when it comes to classified and confidential documents, out of sight doesn`t necessarily mean out of mind. That`s why at Bollegraaf we invest a lot of time into offering products and installations that meet the required legal standards for the destruction of such confidentail documents. The result of this effort: your peace of mind.

    By Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions based in Appingedam, NETHERLANDS.

  • Noise and vibration problem solutions for transportation & infrastructure sector

    Roads, railways and airports are the largest source of transportation noise and frequently effects development land for houses, schools and hospitals. Noise sensitive developments adjacent to or affected by transportation noise require the careful assessment of these sources, either by measurement or prediction and often both. This assessment enables the correct specification of the building envelope (walls, windows, ventilators and roofs) to achieve appropriate internal noise levels in new developments. Here social housing providers are often at the forefront of providing superior internal ambient noise climate for their tenants and require precise specification of glazing and ventilation systems. New or altered forms of transportation sources near to existing noise sensitive sites also require careful assessment to minimise impact.

    By Acoustic Associates Sussex Ltd based in Shoreham Airport, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Sound Insulation solutions for building acoustics

    Sound energy does not remain in the room where it is produced, but propagates throughout the building by any available path, intruding into other rooms as noise. Each country has its own standards of sound insulation in buildings, but it is measured in the same way all over the world. The noise levels in the two rooms under investigation are measured and subtracted, and the level difference is corrected for the influence of the reverberation time and background noise level in the receiving room. The measurements and calculations are made in 1/1- or 1/3-octave bands and averaged over a number of positions in the rooms. Finally a single-number index is calculated by averaging over all the frequency bands.

  • Water treatment system for rain water and storm water

    Through our SkyHarvester Water Conservation Systems division, Watertronics offers a single-source solution for commercial, industrial and municipal water harvesting systems at new or existing sites. Our design and engineering group will work hand-in-hand with your architect or engineer to provide integrated custom solutions to harvest, store, treat, pump and control the distribution of harvested rain water.

    By Lindsay Corporation based in Omaha, NEBRASKA (USA).

  • Online Mapping and Data Sharing Platform for Monitoring Operations

    Our Ecosystem is a satellite data sharing platform for monitoring worldwide operations, such as supply chain impacts, conservation efforts and fixed assets, all from a web browser.

    By Ecometrica based in London, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Noise and vibration problem solutions for building & construction sector

    Approved Document E of The Building Regulations (2003 Edition) is the document setting out the requirements for sound insulation in buildings. It contains a requirement that organisations carrying out sound insulation testing should be third party accredited in order to demonstrate their competence to carry out such work. We are registered under The Association of Noise Consultants scheme as a testing organisation.

    By Acoustic Associates Sussex Ltd based in Shoreham Airport, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Sound Instrumentation for Building Acoustics

    The field of building acoustics consists of two parts; Room Acoustics which deals with sound propagation in a room and Building Acoustics, which deals with sound propagation between rooms. Typically, room acoustics is related to the quality of sound, e.g. concert hall acoustics, while building acoustics is more related to unwanted sound, i.e. when you want to hear as little as possible of what is going on in adjacent rooms. From a measurement technology point of view, the two have a lot in common which shall be outlined here.

    By Norsonic AS based in Lierskogen, NORWAY.

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