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  • A roundup of product introductions from the first day of International Builders’ Show.

    Products from Whirlpool, Everpure, Icynene, James Hardie, Vantage, and Nana Wall.

  • ENBase Rigid Roof Insulation by Carlisle Residential

    ENBase rigid roof insulation is composed of a closed-cell foam core bonded to OSB, combining insulation with a nailable surface. The product also eliminates excessive water migration that may damage roofing systems, the manufacturer says. It comes in various sizes and thicknesses and can be used...

  • Freewatt Home Heating System by ECR

    The Freewatt Energy Star-rated home heating system combines a high-efficiency natural gas furnace or boiler with a Honda generator. Electricity generated from the system can power a home or be sold back to the grid. The savings created by using Freewatt for one year is equal to not driving your car...

  • Thermal Energy Controller by EnerWorks

    The company has added two new controls to its solar water heating appliance. The Thermal Energy Controller mounts to the storage tank, directs the appliance, and enables secondary applications like pool or space heating. The wireless Thermal Energy Monitor mounts inside the home, communicates with...

  • 100 Series Windows by Andersen

    Made for builders in the West, the 100 series product line is certified by Scientific Certification Systems for having a minimum of 40 percent pre-consumer recycled content by weight and for not releasing VOCs. The window is made from Fibrex, a blend of sawdust and polymer. The series is available...

  • Green Products From the 2009 International Builders' Show

    Despite the cloud hanging over this year’s International Builders’ Show—a dramatic difference from the record crowds just two years ago—there will still be plenty of manufacturers on hand exhibiting a range of great new products. Not surprising, many of those products are green. Here’s a look at a...

  • Green Goods: Winning Strategy: How you can help builders get green points for promoting indoor air quality.

    Indoor air has become a huge issue in green building because it hits so close to home. Studies have shown indoor air can be even more dangerous than outdoor air, says the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Climate Changes: More stringent Energy Star criteria will vary based on local conditions.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is changing Energy Star criteria for windows by remapping climate zones and tightening requirements by region. The Energy Star label was designed to help consumers recognize efficient products. But, today, too many windows meet the requirements, and some regions...