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2009’s Top Green Building Products for Residential Builders

Five products that scored top marks with Environmental Building News.

2009’s Top Green Building Products for Residential Builders

Five products that scored top marks with Environmental Building News.

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    Kingston Block. Compared to conventional CMUs and brick, Pozzotive Plus products require less energy to produce, are stronger, and have greater moisture and chemical resistance, according to the company. They are manufactured using up to 30% post-consumer recycled glass as a portland cement substitute, saving about 1 ton of carbon dioxide for every ton of cement replaced, the company notes. Both the brick and CMUs come in nine standard colors in a ground-face or suede finish; architectural CMUs are available in a wide range of shapes and colors. 914.633.3393. www.kingstonblock.com.
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    Thermafiber. The company makes a variety of mineral-fiber insulation products from pre-consumer recycled iron-ore slag for thermal, sound deadening, and fire-resistant construction applications. Both batt and boardstock materials are available in a wide range of densities, facings, thicknesses, and R-values. The products are non-combustible without flame retardants, are odor-free, will not absorb moisture or support mildew or fungus, and will not rot or decay, the company says. 888.834.2371. www.thermafiber.com.
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    Rheem. The HP-50 is an Energy Star-listed heat-pump water heater with an integral 50-gallon tank. Intended for residential use, the HP-50 operates in three modes: Energy Saver mode uses the heat pump only; for higher demands, Normal mode uses the heat pump and one of two electric-resistance elements; and Electric Heat Only mode relies solely on the electric elements, functioning like a conventional water heater for particularly high demands. The HP-50 comes with a 10-year limited warranty and is the quietest product of its kind on the market, according to the maker. 800.621.5622. www.rheem.com.
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    Mobile Solar Power. The firm manufactures a range of portable solar-powered generators that integrate PV panels, inverters, charge controllers, and lead-acid storage batteries into a self-contained trailer that keeps all components other than the PV modules fully protected and out of the elements. Used as a silent, more environmentally responsible replacement for portable diesel generators, the units are available in multiple models with maximum energy storage ranging from 9.3 to 45 kWh (390 to 1880 amp-hours) and daily power production up to 18.7 kWh. 805.466.1006. www.mobilesolarpower.net.
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    DeepRoot Partners. Growing trees in urban areas can reduce the heat island effect and deter flooding, while replenishing oxygen and connecting residents with the natural environment. The Silva Cell modular system holds soil for tree growth and stormwater management while supporting paved surfaces. The system holds 10 cubic feet of soil per unit, protecting tree roots from compaction and providing room for stormwater infiltration and surrounding utilities. The 48-by-24-by-16-inch fiberglass and polypropylene cells have galvanized steel supports and can be stacked up to three cells high and laterally as wide as necessary before the decking is attached. 800.458.7668. www.deeproot.com.

PHOENIX, Nov. 12 -- BuildingGreen, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News, today announced its Top 10 Green Building Products for 2009.

The eighth annual award, announced at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference, recognizes the most exciting products drawn from recent additions to the GreenSpec Directory and coverage in Environmental Building News.

This year’s list is particularly diverse, ranging from a recycled-content concrete block, to a flywheel energy storage system for data centers, a mobile solar generator for jobsite power, and an advanced modular classroom for schools. Five products on the list are of interest to residential builders. See the slide show for more information.

“Our selections of the Top 10 Green Building Products represent a wide range of product types in many different application areas,” said BuildingGreen founder and executive editor Alex Wilson.

Several energy-saving products made the list this year, including a line of mineral wool insulation, an integrated rain-screen/insulation wall cladding for commercial buildings, a heat-pump water heater, and an energy control system for lighting in commercial buildings.

Jennifer Goodman is Senior Editor for EcoHome.