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CalStar. Made with fly ash, water, and sand and manufactured with a vibro-compaction process and cured for less time and at a lower temperature, CalStar bricks generate 85% less CO2 and use 85% less energy in production than traditional fired clay, the company says. The bricks incorporate 40% recycled content. A range of colors is available. 510.793.9500. www.calstarproducts.com.

13 Cladding Products

13 Cladding Products

  • Collins. TruWood engineered wood siding comes in a range of styles, including 1/2-inch Cottage Lap, 1/2-inch panel, and 1/2-inch cedar shake lap. The product is SCS certified for a minimum of 25% recycled content and is available FSC certified. It is designed to eliminate splitting, cracking, and checking, the company says, and comes pre-primed. 800.329.1219. www.collinsco.com.

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    Collins. TruWood engineered wood siding comes in a range of styles, including 1/2-inch Cottage Lap, 1/2-inch panel, and 1/2-inch cedar shake lap. The product is SCS certified for a minimum of 25% recycled content and is available FSC certified. It is designed to eliminate splitting, cracking, and checking, the company says, and comes pre-primed. 800.329.1219. www.collinsco.com.

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    Collins. TruWood engineered wood siding comes in a range of styles, including 1/2-inch Cottage Lap, 1/2-inch panel, and 1/2-inch cedar shake lap. The product is SCS certified for a minimum of 25% recycled content and is available FSC certified. It is designed to eliminate splitting, cracking, and checking, the company says, and comes pre-primed. 800.329.1219. www.collinsco.com.

  • 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 stable and will remain straight and lie flat. 866.778.9096. www.wrcla.org.

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    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 stable and will remain straight and lie flat. 866.778.9096. www.wrcla.org.

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    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 stable and will remain straight and lie flat. 866.778.9096. www.wrcla.org.

  • CertainTeed. The companys CedarBoards D6 insulated vinyl siding is made with 60% recycled content that includes post-consumer vinyl siding. The foam backing boosts a walls R-value, enabling an Energy Star rating for the panels, and provides rigidity and impact resistance. The TrueTexture rough cedar finish is molded from real cedar boards. Eighteen colors are available. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.

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    CertainTeed. The companys CedarBoards D6 insulated vinyl siding is made with 60% recycled content that includes post-consumer vinyl siding. The foam backing boosts a walls R-value, enabling an Energy Star rating for the panels, and provides rigidity and impact resistance. The TrueTexture rough cedar finish is molded from real cedar boards. Eighteen colors are available. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.

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    CertainTeed. The companys CedarBoards D6 insulated vinyl siding is made with 60% recycled content that includes post-consumer vinyl siding. The foam backing boosts a walls R-value, enabling an Energy Star rating for the panels, and provides rigidity and impact resistance. The TrueTexture rough cedar finish is molded from real cedar boards. Eighteen colors are available. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.

  • Boral Bricks. The companys bricks are made with clay and shale and are manufactured near the source. Options include traditional face brick in a range of colors and 17th Century Brick, which is formed in a handcrafted, sand-dusted wooden mold so that no two are exactly alike. Shown here is Indian River face brick. 800.526.7255. www.boralbricks.com.

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    Boral Bricks. The companys bricks are made with clay and shale and are manufactured near the source. Options include traditional face brick in a range of colors and 17th Century Brick, which is formed in a handcrafted, sand-dusted wooden mold so that no two are exactly alike. Shown here is Indian River face brick. 800.526.7255. www.boralbricks.com.

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    Boral Bricks. The companys bricks are made with clay and shale and are manufactured near the source. Options include traditional face brick in a range of colors and 17th Century Brick, which is formed in a handcrafted, sand-dusted wooden mold so that no two are exactly alike. Shown here is Indian River face brick. 800.526.7255. www.boralbricks.com.

  • LP. The SFI-certified trees (primarily aspen) used to manufacture SmartSide engineered wood siding are small and readily renewable, the maker says, harvested every seven to 10 years. The entire tree is used in manufacture, with the bark used to power the plant. SmartSide is bound with a low-emitting, urea formaldehydefree MDI resin and is treated with EPA-registered zinc borate. It comes pre-primed and can be pre-finished or finished on site. 888.820.0325. www.lpcorp.com.

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    LP. The SFI-certified trees (primarily aspen) used to manufacture SmartSide engineered wood siding are small and readily renewable, the maker says, harvested every seven to 10 years. The entire tree is used in manufacture, with the bark used to power the plant. SmartSide is bound with a low-emitting, urea formaldehydefree MDI resin and is treated with EPA-registered zinc borate. It comes pre-primed and can be pre-finished or finished on site. 888.820.0325. www.lpcorp.com.

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    LP. The SFI-certified trees (primarily aspen) used to manufacture SmartSide engineered wood siding are small and readily renewable, the maker says, harvested every seven to 10 years. The entire tree is used in manufacture, with the bark used to power the plant. SmartSide is bound with a low-emitting, urea formaldehydefree MDI resin and is treated with EPA-registered zinc borate. It comes pre-primed and can be pre-finished or finished on site. 888.820.0325. www.lpcorp.com.

  • James Hardie. The re-engineered HardieShingle fiber-cement siding line offers an authentic-looking wood-grain appearance in a straight-edge panel, a staggered-edge panel, and individual shingles in five widths. The siding is available primed or with ColorPlus pre-finishing. Under the companys HardieZone system, each panel is engineered to meet the needs of the region in which it is installed. 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com.

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    James Hardie. The re-engineered HardieShingle fiber-cement siding line offers an authentic-looking wood-grain appearance in a straight-edge panel, a staggered-edge panel, and individual shingles in five widths. The siding is available primed or with ColorPlus pre-finishing. Under the companys HardieZone system, each panel is engineered to meet the needs of the region in which it is installed. 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com.

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    James Hardie. The re-engineered HardieShingle fiber-cement siding line offers an authentic-looking wood-grain appearance in a straight-edge panel, a staggered-edge panel, and individual shingles in five widths. The siding is available primed or with ColorPlus pre-finishing. Under the companys HardieZone system, each panel is engineered to meet the needs of the region in which it is installed. 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com.

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    Eldorado Stone. Made with cement with lightweight aggregates, the company’s manufactured stone is lighter weight and lower cost than natural stone and has a lower waste factor. Color is provided by natural iron oxides. Some of the products contain recycled content in the form of fly ash. They have an average R-value of 0.41 per inch. A range of regional and national profiles is available; Cut Coarse Stone is shown here. 800.925.1491. www.eldoradostone.com.

  • EcoStucco. Made with limestone, EcoStucco requires about 40% less CO2 to produce than Portland cementbased stucco, the manufacturer says. The lime plaster can be used with most substrates, including blue board, concrete, and masonry. The product comes in 216 standard colors made with natural pigments and five textures. 415.455.9896. www.ecostucco.com.

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    EcoStucco. Made with limestone, EcoStucco requires about 40% less CO2 to produce than Portland cementbased stucco, the manufacturer says. The lime plaster can be used with most substrates, including blue board, concrete, and masonry. The product comes in 216 standard colors made with natural pigments and five textures. 415.455.9896. www.ecostucco.com.

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    EcoStucco. Made with limestone, EcoStucco requires about 40% less CO2 to produce than Portland cementbased stucco, the manufacturer says. The lime plaster can be used with most substrates, including blue board, concrete, and masonry. The product comes in 216 standard colors made with natural pigments and five textures. 415.455.9896. www.ecostucco.com.

  • Tapco. Foundry vinyl cedar shake siding features a rough-sawn look and staggered butt ends and varied widths for a cedar appearance. It comes in 7- and 10-inch exposures and is available with Fullback, a foam backer that adds a 3.96 R-value. The company participates in EcoScorecard, which allows contractors to see how products qualify under green project rating systems. 800.771.4486. www.foundrysiding.com.

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    Tapco. Foundry vinyl cedar shake siding features a rough-sawn look and staggered butt ends and varied widths for a cedar appearance. It comes in 7- and 10-inch exposures and is available with Fullback, a foam backer that adds a 3.96 R-value. The company participates in EcoScorecard, which allows contractors to see how products qualify under green project rating systems. 800.771.4486. www.foundrysiding.com.

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    Tapco. Foundry vinyl cedar shake siding features a rough-sawn look and staggered butt ends and varied widths for a cedar appearance. It comes in 7- and 10-inch exposures and is available with Fullback, a foam backer that adds a 3.96 R-value. The company participates in EcoScorecard, which allows contractors to see how products qualify under green project rating systems. 800.771.4486. www.foundrysiding.com.

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    Sto. Comprised of StoGuard spray-on waterproofing/air barrier, adhesive, and StoTherm EIFS, StoTherm NExT provides a complete wall system of physically and chemically compatible components. The StoGuard continuous air and moisture barrier is seamless and durable, the maker says, and resists moisture penetration more than five times longer than traditional housewraps. The EIFS consist of a base coat with 17% recycled content, embedded glass-fiber mesh, and a 100% acrylic polymer-based or silicone-enhanced textured finish coat. The company's Lotusan finish mimics the properties of a lotus leaf to repel water, resist mold, and rinse clean with rainfall. 800.221.2397. http://www.stocorp.com/.

  • Owens Corning. Cultured Stone manufactured stone is made with a minimum 35% recycled aggregate as certified by UL Environment; the products also are Greenguard certified. The product is lighter weight and easier to install than natural stone; the variety of styles and textures are created from molds of natural stones. Del Mare Ledgestone in Sangria is shown here. 800.438.7465. www.culturedstone.com.

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    Owens Corning. Cultured Stone manufactured stone is made with a minimum 35% recycled aggregate as certified by UL Environment; the products also are Greenguard certified. The product is lighter weight and easier to install than natural stone; the variety of styles and textures are created from molds of natural stones. Del Mare Ledgestone in Sangria is shown here. 800.438.7465. www.culturedstone.com.

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    Owens Corning. Cultured Stone manufactured stone is made with a minimum 35% recycled aggregate as certified by UL Environment; the products also are Greenguard certified. The product is lighter weight and easier to install than natural stone; the variety of styles and textures are created from molds of natural stones. Del Mare Ledgestone in Sangria is shown here. 800.438.7465. www.culturedstone.com.

  • BASF. Senergy Senturion III water-drainage EIFS features a secondary air/water-resistive barrier and a pre-formed drainage mat that channels incidental moisture to the exterior. The mechanically fastened EPS insulation board provides an additional R-value of 4 per inch. The 100% acrylic reinforced base coat is crack resistant, the company says, and the 100% acrylic finish coat resists fading and abrasion; finish coatings with additional dirt and mildew resistance can be specified. A standard palette of 128 colors, along with unlimited custom colors, is available. 800.221.9255. www.senergy.basf.com.

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    BASF. Senergy Senturion III water-drainage EIFS features a secondary air/water-resistive barrier and a pre-formed drainage mat that channels incidental moisture to the exterior. The mechanically fastened EPS insulation board provides an additional R-value of 4 per inch. The 100% acrylic reinforced base coat is crack resistant, the company says, and the 100% acrylic finish coat resists fading and abrasion; finish coatings with additional dirt and mildew resistance can be specified. A standard palette of 128 colors, along with unlimited custom colors, is available. 800.221.9255. www.senergy.basf.com.

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    BASF. Senergy Senturion III water-drainage EIFS features a secondary air/water-resistive barrier and a pre-formed drainage mat that channels incidental moisture to the exterior. The mechanically fastened EPS insulation board provides an additional R-value of 4 per inch. The 100% acrylic reinforced base coat is crack resistant, the company says, and the 100% acrylic finish coat resists fading and abrasion; finish coatings with additional dirt and mildew resistance can be specified. A standard palette of 128 colors, along with unlimited custom colors, is available. 800.221.9255. www.senergy.basf.com.

  • CalStar. Made with fly ash, water, and sand and manufactured with a vibro-compaction process and cured for less time and at a lower temperature, CalStar bricks generate 85% less CO2 and use 85% less energy in production than traditional fired clay, the company says. The bricks incorporate 40% recycled content. A range of colors is available. 510.793.9500. www.calstarproducts.com.

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    CalStar. Made with fly ash, water, and sand and manufactured with a vibro-compaction process and cured for less time and at a lower temperature, CalStar bricks generate 85% less CO2 and use 85% less energy in production than traditional fired clay, the company says. The bricks incorporate 40% recycled content. A range of colors is available. 510.793.9500. www.calstarproducts.com.

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    CalStar. Made with fly ash, water, and sand and manufactured with a vibro-compaction process and cured for less time and at a lower temperature, CalStar bricks generate 85% less CO2 and use 85% less energy in production than traditional fired clay, the company says. The bricks incorporate 40% recycled content. A range of colors is available. 510.793.9500. www.calstarproducts.com.

Wood

Many consider wood the ultimate sustainable material and renewable resource, and therefore one of the greenest cladding choices. Its long history as an exterior finish has established a built-in appeal to many buyers that can boost resale values.

Western red cedar, which comes to mind first for many, is naturally durable and, with proper maintenance, a long-lasting option. According to Paul Mackie, western field manager for the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA), cedar also is lightweight in transport.

In separate third-party life-cycle assessments (LCAs) conducted by the WRCLA and the Vinyl Siding Institute, cedar finished ahead of all cladding in both studies—fiber cement, vinyl, and brick or brick and stucco. In the WRCLA study, cedar received top marks in five of the seven criteria; the two categories in which it didn’t perform as well—smog and eutrophication—the WRCLA attributes to paint, noting that higher-quality paints and stains or new waterborne products are one way to help offset this.

Cedar siding is resistant to moisture and insects and doesn’t have to be treated; left unstained, it will develop a patina and will need to be cleaned with a mild oxygen bleach solution. To retain its original color, staining and maintenance will be required. Prefinished products are often available.

Still, with cost premiums and annual limits on availability, cedar isn’t always a feasible choice. What’s more, supplying materials outside the Pacific Northwest means shipping long distances.

Among the other wood options are redwood, cypress, Eastern white cedar, Douglas fir, and pine. For the most sustainable selections, look for local sources and products with third-party certifications such as FSC, SFI, and CSA.

Phil Kaplan, AIA, principal at Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, Maine, uses locally sourced Eastern white cedar or white pine for some of his projects (along with fiber cement and metal). The cedar does not require treatment (although it can be stained or painted); without treatment, the color starts uneven, but evens out over time, Kaplan says. Pine is a less expensive option, but does require treatment.

Builder Michael Chandler has found tulip poplar an affordable, extremely local option in his North Carolina market. He also has utilized BarkHouse siding, in which the bark of trees bound for furniture manufacturing is stripped and crafted into shingles.

Resource-efficient engineered products also are available; be sure to research the chemical content of binders, treatments, and finishes.