• Prevail wood-look laminate flooring from Shaw features the VersaLock application system that requires no adhesives, thus reducing indoor air pollutants; the product also is prefinished to eliminate off-gassing from stains and/or sealant coatings. The 8-inch-wide planks provide a warm, solid flooring alternative at an affordable price, while its laminate construction and prefinished surface lessen maintenance. 800.441.7429. www.shawfloors.com

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    Prevail wood-look laminate flooring from Shaw features the VersaLock application system that requires no adhesives, thus reducing indoor air pollutants; the product also is prefinished to eliminate off-gassing from stains and/or sealant coatings. The 8-inch-wide planks provide a warm, solid flooring alternative at an affordable price, while its laminate construction and prefinished surface lessen maintenance. 800.441.7429. www.shawfloors.com

 Laminate Flooring

Prevail wood-look laminate flooring from Shaw features the VersaLock application system that requires no adhesives, thus reducing indoor air pollutants; the product also is prefinished to eliminate off-gassing from stains and/or sealant coatings. The 8-inch-wide planks provide a warm, solid flooring alternative at an affordable price, while its laminate construction and prefinished surface lessen maintenance. 800.441.7429. www.shawfloors.com

Paint

Evermore low-VOC (38 g/l) interior and exterior latex paint from Glidden has been reformulated for better scrubability, low odor, and improved coverage and durability of even dramatic and dark colors. The mildew-resistant exterior flat coatings are 100% acrylic latex to protect against UV rays, color fading, and extreme weather conditions. Interior semi-gloss also is formulated for improved mildew resistance to reduce maintenance chores. 800.454.3336. www.glidden.com

Fireplaces

The builder utilizes natural gas fireplaces from Martin, a Custom Fireside brand, as each home’s primary heating source. The zero-clearance, 36-inch units are capable of heating up to 1,200 square feet, burning at 24,000 BTUs and an 80% efficiency. The units feature glowing ceramic fiber logs and embers; optional accessories include firebrick and a 135-CFM blower. 916.331.2423. www.customfireside.com



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Major Appliances

Energy Star–qualified refrigerators, dishwashers, and laundry equipment from Kenmore reduce energy and water use to keep monthly utility bills affordable. The top-mount, 18.2-cubic foot refrigerator is EnergyGuide rated to cost just $41 per year to operate, while the built-in, 24-inch dishwasher offers a precision, five-level wash system and heated or no-heat drying cycles to reduce resource use. 888.536.6673. www.kenmore.com



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Carpeting

Carpeting from Mohawk employs the company’s everSTRAND fiber, which uses recycled plastic (PET) bottles to completely offset virgin fiber resources with post-consumer waste material. The use of PET resins delivers a superior grade of synthetic fiber for the carpet to provide inherent stain resistance and color clarity, the firm says, while the cap and label of each bottle are recycled as reusable core material around which the carpet is wrapped. 800.266.4295. www.mohawkflooring.com


 


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Heat Recovery Ventilator

The Constructo 1.5 HRV from Venmar helps improve indoor air quality and reduce excess humidity by delivering a steady flow of fresh outdoor air into the home. The product line is certified by the Home Ventilating Institute to achieve a heat recovery rate of up to 81%. The line is designed specifically for midsize, affordable new homes, with a small housing and easy installation. 819.477.6226. www.venmar.ca



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Energy Star–qualified, Marquee-brand 800 Series vinyl high-performance windows from Philips Products anchor a thermally efficient and energy-saving envelope. Heat-fusion-welded frame and sash corners, interlocking meeting rails, 3/4-inch insulating glass, and narrow profiles combine to optimize daylight while reducing thermal transfer with a U-value of 0.32 and solar heat gain with an SHGC of 0.33. A strong and durable chambered frame delivers a low-maintenance option while a continuous pre-punched mounting fin ensures proper fastening and sealing between the window and the wall. 574.296.0000. www.marqueewindows.com

Siding

HardiePlank fiber-cement lap siding from James Hardie provides a low-maintenance cladding while withstanding a rainy climate. In addition to natural base materials with low toxicity, a proprietary, factory-applied sealer and primer enhance the siding’s performance qualities and provide a surface with superior paint adhesion. 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com


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Cambridge 30 premium architectural shingles from IKO Industries contain at least 40% pre-consumer waste-rock recycled content, as independently verified by Scientific Certification Systems. The heavyweight laminated shingles are composed of a dimensionally stable non-woven glass fiber mat impregnated with stabilized waterproofing bitumen to weather high winds, improve durability, and reduce maintenance and repair. 800.433.2811. www.iko.com

Insulation

The formaldehyde-free line of fiberglass insulation from Johns Manville provides thermal resistance to keep energy costs low while reducing the potential for indoor air pollutants. The material also is SCS certified for recycled content (25%) and provides acoustical performance to enhance indoor comfort and value. The product line is offered as faced and unfaced batts, blown-in loose-fill, poly-encapsulated, and rigid panels to suit any application. 800.654.3103. www.specjm.com