KBB - April 2010 - (Page 12)

Editor’s Note Water Sense Hearing about “embodied energy” for the first time was one of those light-bulb moments that made me truly appreciate the complexity of sustainable design. Last night, at The TOTO Gallery in New York City, which hosted the launch of the book, The Green Blue Book, by Thomas Kostigen, I heard another term that caught my attention and my imagination: virtual water. What is virtual water? Also referred to as “embedded water,” virtual water is the unseen water that goes into the production of, say, a pair of jeans or a bottle of water. According to Kostigen’s book, which is chock full of numbers and tips, the manufacture of a single pair of jeans requires 2,866 gallons of water, while that of a 1-liter bottle of water uses 3 liters—and that doesn’t include the water contained within the bottle. (And yes, there is a section on building materials and appliances.) The concept of virtual water is especially compelling in light of government reports that predict water shortages in 36 states within the next three years. The Green Blue Book offers up its digits as a way to prompt us to think about simple measures we can undertake to conserve water in our daily lives. So what does this have to do with KBIS? This is, after all, our annual show issue. Well, with WaterSense having released its showerhead specification, we will no doubt see some newly labeled shower options on the show floor, as well as an even greater selection of water-saving toilets and faucets, all of which perhaps merit a closer look. In addition, K+BB University is sponsoring two sessions at Center Stage, one of which will address green washing. “Shades of Green,” which will be presented by Deborah Dunning, founder of The Green Standard, will take place on April 17, from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. The other, “The Connected Kitchen,” will feature a talk by Kevin Henry, of Group42, on the increasing integration of technology in our kitchens. Henry’s presentation is scheduled for April 16, from 4 pm to 5 pm. Please feel free to stop by and listen in on what promise to be two fascinating discussions. In the meantime, for more information on Kostigen's book, as well as an excerpt, visit www.thegreenbluebook.com. s Alice Liao, Executive Editor aliao@kbbonline.com C i rcle No. 149 http://www.thegreenbluebook.com http://www.duverre.com http://www.duverre.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - April 2010

KBB - April 2010
Contents
Online Content
Editor's Note
Focus
Consumer
Trends
Products
Design
Top Projects
Merit Projects
Cover Story: In the Mix
Honorable Mentions
Practice
Education
Editorial Index
Ad Index
Favorites

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