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New and Notable

13 eco-friendly products for sustainable homes.

New and Notable

13 eco-friendly products for sustainable homes.

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    BASF. Enertite open-cell polyurethane water-blown spray-foam insulation offers an R-value of 3.5 per inch for use in walls, roofs, attics, and rim joists, and it also provides a sound barrier for use on interior walls. The one-step product expands to fill the wall cavity, including in and around difficult-to-reach areas such as pipes and wiring for a seamless barrier. 888.900.3626. www.basf-pfe.com.

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    Benjamin Obdyke. Filaments on Hydrofilament drainable housewrap create a 1-millimeter gap, providing pathways for trapped moisture to escape and helping exterior walls dry more quickly. According to the firm, the wrap’s performance characteristics do not diminish over time and after exposure to wet conditions. The weather-resistive barrier resists moisture and air infiltration, and its breathable structure allows interior moisture vapor to pass through. It comes in 100-foot rolls. 800.346.7655. www.benjaminobdyke.com.
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    Blue Line Innovations. The PowerCost wireless home-energy monitor has been upgraded to provide homeowners with a 30-day energy estimate based on current consumption, allowing for instant feedback on the potential savings and impact of actions. The new model also makes it easier to determine the operating costs of each appliance and the impacts of how and when it is used, the company says. It includes a sensor that attaches to the meter and a wireless LCD monitor inside the home. 866.607.2583. www.bluelineinnovations.com.
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    Cell-Tek Geosynthetics. The SlopeGrid geocellular confinement system allows for green roofs on arched or sloped roofs by controlling erosion, promoting stabilization of the planting medium, and preventing vertical wind uplift, the firm says. Installed over a waterproofing membrane and a drainage/water retention mat, the 100% recycled HDPE strips expand into a honeycomb-like grid, which is filled with soil. The grid is secured to the roof by a tendon system. 888.851.0051. www.celltekdirect.com.
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    Custom-Bilt Metals. The FusionSolar solar system includes thin-film photovoltaics fused into standing-seam panels, blending in with the roof and eliminating the need for penetrations. The turnkey system comes with all components, schematics, and specifications for wiring; roofing professionals install the roof as they would a standard metal roof, the company says. Solar capacity is customizable, scaled to deliver 3-, 5-, 10-, 15-, 30-, 60-, or 120-kW-sized output. The thin-film laminate is durable enough to be walked on and withstand flying objects, and it withstands winds up to 160 mph. 800.826.7813. www.custombiltmetals.com.
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    DaVinci Roofscapes. EcoBlend synthetic-roofing colors—weathered gray and castle gray—are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat, providing 7% to 15% savings on home cooling costs, says the firm. EcoBlend products meet or exceed Energy Star requirements of 25% solar reflectivity. The synthetic material, made with 100% recyclable virgin resin, is virtually maintenance-free and carries Class A fire resistance, Class 4 impact resistance, and 110-mph wind resistance ratings. 800.328.4624. www.davinciroofscapes.com.
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    Delta. Inspired by seashells, Addison faucets feature a scalloped shape, flowing lines, and a high-arc spout. The WaterSense-certified units offer a 1.5-gpm flow rate at 60 psi. Wide-spread, mini wide-spread, centerset, and single-handle models are available in chrome, Brilliance stainless, aged pewter, and Venetian bronze finishes. Coordinating tub and shower units also are offered. 800.345.3358. www.deltafaucet.com.

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    Honeywell. A high-definition, full-color touchscreen on the Prestige programmable thermostat provides an easy-to-use graphic interface for homeowners. Built-in wireless technology allows the thermostat to communicate with other Honeywell RedLink wireless devices, such as the Portable Comfort Control, a handheld unit that provides for temperature adjustment from anywhere in the house. A question-and-answer setup process allows the thermostat to program itself. 800.328.5111. www.honeywell.com.

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    Jeld-Wen. Juniper doors utilize “throwaway” juniper trees, an invasive, water-hogging species that is subject to government removal programs in areas where it is endangering forests and wildlife habitat. The interior and exterior doors feature swirling grain patterns and knots, along with a rich color ranging from light to a deep cinnamon brown; cracks and splits further the material’s rustic feel. The doors come in several designs and finishes, including the chappo finish shown here, and can be specified with distressing, hammering, and blackened antiquing. 800.535.3936. www.jeld-wen.com.

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    KitchenAid. The Energy Star–rated Premium Superba series EQ dishwasher is 56% more efficient than federal minimum energy standards and 10% more efficient than Energy Star standards, says the firm. The unit features 13 points of sound dampening, eliminating noise from the motor and wash arms and blocking the noise path throughout the unit for a dBA level of 41. It comes in stainless steel, black, and white. 800.422.1230. www.insideadvantage.com.

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    Laufen. Conceptualized by Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni, the Il Bagno Alessi One floor-standing toilet offers a soft, curvaceous design reminiscent of a pebble. The WaterSense-certified dual-flush unit offers 1.6-gpf and 0.8-gpf options. The line also includes bidets, washbasins, urinals, tubs, and shower trays. 866.696.2493. www.laufen.com/usa.

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    Norbord. Pinnacle Premium subflooring is available with FSC- or SFI-certified wood. The product also contains no added urea formaldehyde resins. According to the firm, the durable panels carry a 100-day no-sand guarantee. 416.365.0705. www.norbord.com.

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    Panasonic. Energy Star–rated WhisperValue (FV-10VS1) and WhisperValue-Lite (FV-10VSL1) ventilation fans boast a slim profile of 33/4 inches deep for mounting easily in a 2x4 joist cavity. Each fan provides 100-cfm circulation, operates at 1.5 sones, and is UL-listed for ceiling installation; the FV-10VS1 is also UL-listed for wall installation. The FV-10VSL1 includes two 18-watt CFLs and a 4-watt nightlight. 866.292.7292. www.panasonic.com/ventfans.

A selection of sustainable products, including ventilation fans, thin-film solar roofing, low-flow faucets, and energy monitoring.