Other stories by Sharon O'Malley

  • Using Air to Reduce the Weight and Amount of Concrete Used in Construction

    Concrete floor decks become lighter and thinner when filled with BubbleDeck’s trays of hollow plastic balls.

  • How to Win the Water Wars

    Want to avoid callbacks about moisture infiltration? Deploy a mix of new and old strategies.

  • LED Bulb for Standard Fixtures From Phillips

    Philips. Designed as a replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb, the 12-watt EnduraLED looks similar to the familiar incandescent A19 bulb and screws into any standard light fixture. The manufacturer says the bulb uses 80% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and will last 25...

  • FSC-Certified Hardwood Decking From EARTHSOURCE

    EARTHSOURCE. FSC-certified machiche tropical hardwood decking comes in 2-foot-by-2-foot solid squares for installation on flat surfaces or in 5/4-by-6-inch planks. The open-pored, dense hardwood comes in colors ranging from yellow/tan to medium brown reds and dark reds; over time, lighter spots...

  • Recycled-Content Decking From A.E.R.T.

    A.E.R.T. MoistureShield composite decking is made from 90% recycled materials, including pre-consumer kiln-dried oak mill waste, waste pallets, and construction debris. The plastics in the product include low- and high-density polyethylene from recycled milk jugs, grocery bags, detergent bottles...

  • Bright Future

    As the traditional incandescent bulb fades away, new energy-efficient options are quickly taking over—and may eventually change the way we light our homes.

  • 6 Tips for Selecting an Energy-Saving Cool Roof

    Cool roofs can save homeowners 7% to 15% in cooling costs. Here's what you need to know.

  • ProWood Micro Wood Decking from Universal Forest Products

    ProWood Micro wood is treated with Osmose’s MicroPro, a preservative that has earned Scientific Certification Systems’ Environmentally Preferable Product certification. MicroPro copper wood pre-servative doesn’t need organic solvents to dissolve its copper components, says the maker, instead using...

  • Trex Decking From Trex

    Trex decking is made from about 50% recycled and reclaimed plastic and 50% reclaimed wood. The manufacturer claims the product will not rot or deteriorate because of insects or harsh weather, and resists damage from moisture and sunlight. The plastic part of the product is polyethylene, recycled...

  • Ecolife Wood Stabilizer System From Viance

    Ecolife is a nonmetallic preservative plus wood stabilizer system that offers long-term protection against decay and termites and provides weathering protection to reduce cracking, warping, and splitting in above-ground applications. The manufacturer says Ecolife is no more corrosive to fasteners...