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  • Moisture-Resistant Gypsum From Lafarge

    Lafarge. Mold Defense gypsum for interior wall and ceiling applications features a moisture-resistant core and treated paper facings on the front, back, and long edges. The product, which is made from synthetic gypsum, can be used as tile backer in dry applications or in areas where some...

  • Formaldehyde-Free, Recycled-Content Insulation From Owens Corning

    Owens Corning. The company is replacing all of its batt insulation products with EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas with PureFiber technology, which is made with a formaldehyde-free formulation and contains at least 50% recycled content. The company claims the new formulation improves installation through...

  • Decay-Resistant Cedar Siding From Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

    Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. Available in a range of patterns and grades, Western red cedar is naturally resistant to decay and insects and can be left untreated for a natural patina or painted or stained. Wood from SFI-, FSC-, and CSA-certified forests can be specified. The product is...

  • Illinois Development Demonstrates Principles, Popularity of Right-Sized, Community-Oriented Living

    The walkable, historically inspired SchoolStreet development in Libertyville, will include 26 Front Porch Revival homes, including a show house designed by architect Sarah Susanka.

  • Energy Star Casement Windows From Kolbe

    Kolbe. With a U-factor as low as 0.19, triple-pane aluminum-clad Ultra Energy Performance casement windows meet Energy Star certifications throughout the United States and Canada. Pine frames are standard, but multiple wood species are available. The casements have a standard 3 1/4-inch jamb depth...

  • FSC-Certified Bamboo Flooring From Smith & Fong

    Smith & Fong. PlybooStrand FSC-certified bamboo plywood and flooring are urea formaldehyde-free and carry Indoor Advantage Gold and FloorScore certifications, respectively. Plywood panels come in 3/16-, 1/2-, and 3/4-inch thicknesses; the flooring comes in 3/8- and 9/16-inch thicknesses. Both are...

  • Renewable and Reclaimed-Content Decking From Natures Composites

    Natures Composites. TerraFence and TerraDeck are made with 94% renewable and reclaimed materials: wheat straw and recycled HDPE. The boards will not splinter or crack and are resistant to moisture, UV rays, insects, and rot, the maker says. The fencing comes in privacy, basketweave, picture frame...

  • Wind Turbine From Delta Electronics

    Delta Electronics. The 400-watt HAWT turbine generates 50 kWh per month in 13.4-mph wind conditions. The rotor, which starts up in 8-mph winds, measures 49.6 inches in diameter. It includes electronic overspeed protection. The firm also makes a 1.0-kW model. 888.979.9889...

  • Thermal Imager From Fluke Tools

    Fluke Tools. Priced below $2,500, the TiS Thermal Imager provides a lower-priced option for diagnosing moisture intrusion, energy loss, missing insulation, HVAC problems, and electrical overheating, says the manufacturer. The unit, which can survive a 6 1/2-foot drop, features manual focus and a...

  • Severe-Weather Housewrap From Propex

    Propex. Designed for coastal zones or other areas with severe weather, NapaWrap Coastal housewrap shields against moisture while allowing water vapor to escape; its tear resistance allows it to stand up to high winds. According to the company, the product has twice as much UV protection as...