Boral. Creating a new poly-ash category of exterior trim, TruExterior Trim has earned a Cradle to Cradle–certified Silver designation. The material’s composition is a blend of proprietary bio-based polymers and coal combustion product, comprising 70% recycled content. The maker says the blend helps ensure the material’s consistency and prevents moisture cycling and absorption. 678.639.7004. www.boraltruexterior.com.
CalStar Products. A new oversized facing unit can be utilized as a design element for base courses at grade and for contrast bands. Manufactured in a process that uses 85% less energy and generates 85% less carbon dioxide compared to traditional fired brick, according to the firm, the new facing units are available in natural, tan, light gray, and light red. Additional colors are available on request. 877.700.9501. www.calstarproducts.com.
CertainTeed. The Apollo Solar Roofing system for asphalt shingle roofs is made up of lightweight modules that use silicon solar cells to convert sunlight to electricity to generate up to 52 watts per module. The modules are resistant to wind uplift and do not require structural reinforcement. The system is Class A fire rated and qualifies homeowners for a 30% federal tax credit, the company says. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.
ClimateMaster. The Tranquility 22 Digital series geothermal system has one of the smallest footprints in the industry, making it ideal for retrofit projects or installation in tight spaces, the company says. Efficient enough to meet EnergyStar Tier 3 requirements, the system is available in several capacities, all of which are eligible for an uncapped 30% federal tax credit on residential geothermal systems. The unit features a two-stage compressor, variable-speed fan, communicating digital controls, and plug-and-play functionality. 877.436.6263. www.climatemaster.com.
Daltile. Containing 30% pre- and post-consumer recycled material, the rustic-styled Heathland-glazed ceramic tile comes in six field tile colors, two mosaic blends, and with three decorative accents. With its low moisture absorption rating and high breaking strength, the collection is a durable choice even for high-traffic areas, the company says. 214.398.1411. www.daltile.com.
Hurd. The company has expanded its H3 Energy Star-rated product line to incorporate double-hung units. The technology integrates three materials into the window frame: 0.050-inch extruded aluminum cladding, vinyl, and solid wood for improved energy efficiency and enhanced performance, the company says. It features a concealed wood jambliner and easy-tilt operation for easy cleaning and is available with the company’s low-E 366 glass for a U-factor of 0.29. 800.433.4873. www.hurd.com.
Lutron. Maestro occupancy switches are compatible with all bulb types, including halogens and CFLs. The units’ sensing technology detects natural ambient light so that lights go on only when needed and stay on when a room is occupied. Available in versions for small and large rooms, the sensors can save up to 20% on lighting energy usage, the company says, and are easy to install. www.lutron.com.
Nest Labs. The Nest Learning Thermostat monitors homeowner behaviors and preferences to create a customized heating and cooling schedule. It learns residents’ personal schedules in a week and automatically adjusts heating or cooling when the home is vacant to save energy. An Energy History function shows how much energy has been saved. In addition, users can change the temperature, adjust their schedule, and check energy usage via laptop or smartphone. www.nest.com.
Niagara Conservation. With a static water-flow rate of 1.5 gpm, the Versa dual-function kitchen aerator can reduce water consumption by up to 5,460 gallons per year, the company says. The product delivers a constant output of water regardless of fluctuating water pressure and can switch spray settings between aerated-bubble and needle sprays. 800.831.8383. www.niagaraconservation.com.
Nora Lighting. The Diamond Series of LED recessed downlights for new construction, remodels, or retrofits include 4-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch models. Fixtures in the Energy Star-rated series offer up to 50,000 hours of performance and come in reflector or baffle models with finishes including bronze, natural aluminum, copper, chrome, black, and white. 800.686.6672. www.noralighting.com.
Mansfield Plumbing. The WaterSense-compliant Summit toilet offers 1.1- or 1.6-gpf options, reducing water usage up to 20% while flushing up to 800 grams of waste. The 3-inch tower is designed to seal tight with every flush, the company says, and won’t rust or corrode. The toilet comes in three configurations: ADA, elongated, and round front. 877.850.3060. www.mansfieldplumbing.com.
Thermador. The Energy Star-qualified Freedom collection of refrigerators, freezers, and wine columns has been reengineered for 2012. New features include 3-D panel adjustability for ultra-flush installation, reinforced mounting tabs for toe-kick panels, and upgraded front and rear leveling gear drives. Multiple options and sizes are available, including more than 20 customizable models. 800.735.4328. www.thermador.com.
Touch ‘n Seal. FR Two-Component Class 1 Fire Retardant Foam, a closed-cell thermal insulating and sound attenuating polyurethane spray foam is suitable for use in new and remodeling residential applications. It is quick and easy to apply and stops air infiltration, the company says, reducing energy loss by as much as 40%. It is compatible with all fiber insulation systems, including cellulose and fiberglass. 800.325.6180. www.touch-n-seal.com.
Johnson Controls. The York Affinity Large Bypass WaterSaver humidifier’s patented water delivery system includes a small float chamber, electronic water level sensors, and a wicking water panel that helps save water, the company says. It is suitable for a variety of applications, including homes with septic systems. In addition to providing water and energy savings, the humidifier ensures improved indoor air quality and comfort, according to the firm. 877.453.9675. www.yorkhvacdealer.com.