New and Notable Products

Accu-Weld. The Haddon Signature series comprises three Energy Starlabeled and NFRC-rated window lines offering good-better-best performance. Accu-Vision windows feature a 15-chamber, foam-filled, beveled vinyl frame and come with Solarban60 insulating glass for an R-value of 3.33 and a U-factor of 0.30. Accu-Safe offers the same features, but with tempered and laminated double-strength glass for added security and sound reduction, as well as improved R-value (3.44) and U-factor (0.29). Finally, Eco-Green builds on Accu-Vision with triple-pane glass to reach an R-value of 5 and a U-factor of 0.20. 800.782.6347.

American Hometec. The C10 electric tankless water heater features coil-less technology, which heats water indirectly with quartz tubes; because electric components are not in direct contact with the water, lime-scale buildup is eliminated, says the company, increasing durability and helping to maintain a 95% to 99% efficiency. Three capacity settings provide adjustable power consumption; it has a rise of 0.4 to 1.3 gpm. The C10 is the first in a line of coil-less electric and Energy Starcertified gas models. 877.662.6457.

A.O. SMITH. The Voltex 80-gallon hybrid water heater utilizes heat pump technology, pulling heat from the air and transferring it to water in the tank. The Energy Starrated electric unit has an Energy Factor of 2.3 and uses half the energy of a standard electric tank-type heater, the company says. Three operating modes accommodate varying levels of demand. 866.362.9898.

Blanco. The Solon compost system allows homeowners to more easily store organic waste for composting. The stainless steel container installs into the countertop and includes a sealed lid to contain odors; the unit lifts out for emptying and washing. The product comes in a drop-in design or a flush option for stone tops. 800.451.5782.

Cali Bamboo. BamDeck Fossilized Strand bamboo deck boards offer density, strength, and durability comparable to Brazilian ipe, the firm says, but with the rapid renewability of bamboo. The decking is made with no-urea-formaldehyde glues, tests below E1 emissions standards, and has passed California Class A fire tests. It features a hidden fastening system. 888.788.2254.

CoveringsETC. Bio-Luminum tiles are crafted from 100% post-consumer recycled aluminum from reclaimed aircraft parts; the material is melted into a block and then sliced into tiles. The tiles, for which the company is seeking Cradle to Cradle certification, feature a bevel on one side and a straight edge on the other; they can be cut with a tile saw with a metal cutting wheel and grinder. 800.720.7814.

Danze. Reminiscent of a waterfall spout, Wynstone lavatory faucets deliver a wide, flat flow of water. The WaterSense-certified faucets come in single-hole and single-control models in vessel or standard heights; wide-spread offerings will be added later this year. Finishes include polished chrome, brushed nickel, and tumbled bronze. 888.328.2383.

ELT. Consisting of modular planted panels, the EasyGreen Living Wall System provides for easy installation of a living wall. The panels angled cells hold soil and plants in place while creating maximum green surface area, the maker says, and the overall design allows water to move downward through every cell in the panel. The 4-inch-deep panels mount directly to the wall or on a standalone frame. 866.306.7773.

Kichler. Design Pro Linear packages LED lighting in strings of thin, 1/4-inch pods for installation in tight spaces such as in and around corners, cabinets, toekicks, and tray ceilings. The LEDs offer up to 75% energy savings versus traditional incandescent lighting, the company says, and have a life span of 20 years. Black and white finishes are available. The product is UL-listed. 866.558.5706.

Kolbe & Kolbe. Featuring triple glazing, low-E coatings, and Thermo-Edge spacers, Windquest EP windows provide U-values of 0.18, R-values of more than 5, and an SHGC of 0.23, as well as maximum air infiltration of 0.01 cfm, the firm says. The windows come in casement, awning, and studio styles. They are NFRCrated and Energy Starlabeled. 715.842.5666.

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. SafePaint has the properties of the companys original milk paint, but is suitable for non-porous surfaces and offers a more uniform look over large areas. Made with milk protein, lime, clay, and earth pigments, the interior wall paint is solvent-free, contains zero VOCs, and is biodegradable. SafePaint is available in 20 colors. 978.448.6336.

Niagara Conservation. With full-time 0.8 gpf, the Stealth toilet uses 37% less water than standard high-efficiency toilets. According to the firm, the WaterSense-certified units hydraulic technologya combination of water and air pressurecreates a larger water spot and produces a flush powerful enough to clear the bowl. Round and elongated models are available. 800.831.8383.

Sage Electrochromics. The company now offers its electronically tintable glass, which uses nanotechnology to allow occupants to control daylight and solar heat transmittance, in combination with triple-pane construction for R-values greater than 8. The tintable glass can be controlled between completely clear, with an SHGC of 0.48, up to heavily tinted (during times of direct sunlight) for a 2% visible light transmittance and an SHGC of 0.09. The glass can be zoned into different tints, thereby allowing for direct sun to be blocked while maintaining a clear lower zone to transmit ambient light. 507.331.4848.

Teragren. FloorScore-certified Portfolio Strand wide-plank floating floors are made with rapidly renewable bamboo. The floors, which install with a fold-down locking system, come with microbevel edges and ends and a seven-coat aluminum oxide/polyurethane finish. Portfolio is available in 10 colors and a variety of textures and patterns. 800.929.6333.

WAC Lighting. LEDme quick-connect fixtures are designed for use with the companys SoloRail and DuoRail systems or with canopy mounts. The units provide color temperatures of 3000K and deliver 280 lumens at a 20-degree beam angle; they offer a 30,000-hour life span and a 100% to 15% dimming range. 800.526.2588.

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