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    American Standard Faucets Go Green

    Faucets Going Green The States of California and Vermont have passed new lead level laws for plumbing fixtures going into effect on January 1, 2010. The new laws require less than 0.25 percent lead in wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures, as determined by a weighted average. Historically, American Standard faucets have used less lead than many of their competitors, thanks to their investment in a low-lead manufacturing technology more than 25 years ago.

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    Pure Sulfur May Be Culprit in Chinese Drywall Problem

    Scientists addressing an early November conference in Tampa, Fla., on defective Chinese drywall have offered a more detailed explanation of why the material produces gases that corrode copper elements in buildings, such as wiring and air conditioner coils. According to reporters who attended the “Technical Symposium on Corrosive Imported Drywall,” a $300-a-head event sponsored by the University of Florida, a leading investigator into the problem says the gas releases can be traced directly to the presence of pure sulfur in the panels. The Sarasota Herald Tribune says that toxicologist Tom Gauthier of the firm Environ International, hired to study the problem by builder Lennar Homes, has found that the elemental sulfur in the panels reacts with naturally-occurring carbon monoxide in the ambient air to form carbonyl sulfide

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    GEO Power System Preheats and Precools The Air with a Vertical Earth Tube

    One of the most important components of a tightly sealed house or a super-sealed Passive House is a fresh air system.

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    LED Recessed Downlights From Nora Lighting

    LED recessed downlights are now available with a 3?1/2-inch aperture that delivers 10.5 watts with 500 lumens at 3000K; a 4?1/2-inch aperture that delivers 14 watts with 622 lumens at 3000K; and a 5?1/2-inch model offering 14 watts with 635 lumens at 3000K and 730 lumens at 4200K. The fixtures can save more than 75% of energy compared to 65-watt BR30 lamps, says the maker.

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    Complaints about mold and bacteria in front-load washers

    People who buy front-load washers may experience a dirty problem, reported MSNBC . Mold, mildew, and bacteria can grow within the rubber gasket of the appliances, causing a musty smell.

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