The recent GreenBuild 2010 conference brought together contractors and vendors from across the construction industry to discuss the latest trends in green construction and to showcase the latest products available on the market. There’s plenty for HVAC or plumbing pros to be excited about. Contractor’s Candace Roulo and Robert P. Mader reported recently on a few of the show’s greatest hits for the plumbing and HVAC sectors. Highlights include:

  • Advantix Systens unveiled its DuTreat Series desiccant cooling and dehumidification system, which cools, dehumidifies, increases air quality and supports temperature and humidity control — all wrapped in a single unit that could dramatically reduce operating costs by 30 percent to 65 percent compared to existing systems.
  • New toilet technologies offer dramatically decreased water consumption levels without sacrificing flushing performance. Kohler released a redesign to its 75-year-old Wellworth line, unveiling a model that uses 1.28 gpf, 20 percent less water than the industry-standard 1.6 gpf toilets.
  • EnOcean showed off several wireless products, including a wireless thermostat and the company’s Wireless Key Card Reader Switch, which promises particular application in hotels and other multi-room buildings. Roulo and Mader write:

Manufactured by ILLUMRA, the Key Card Reader automates hotel room energy conservation by disabling HVAC, lighting and electrical loads in unoccupied rooms. The device installs in minutes without wires or batteries, minimizing installation, clean up and downtime costs.