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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.

Sloan Valve Aqus Greywater System Greywater systems are becoming a vital option for conserving precious fresh water, but for many consumers, it’s a scary concept—or a complete unknown. That’s why Sloan’s Aqus system shines for its simplicity and accessibility. Situated under the bathroom sink, Aqus transfers lavatory drainwater to the toilet for reuse. The drainage water is sanitized and filtered, then collects in a storage reservoir; upon flushing, the water is pumped to the flush tank. According to the company, a two-person bathroom can save up to 5,000 gallons of fresh water a year. The system is compatible with a range of two-piece toilet models. 800.982.5839.

#11 Englert Integrated Roofing/PV System The company now offers an integrated system that combines its UltraCool-coated metal roofing with integrated PV, solar hot water heating, and rainwater harvesting. The SunNet solar standing-seam roof features ¼-inch-thick laminate solar collectors. Mounted underneath is a solar thermal system that draws heat from the roof and transfers it to the hot-water system. Finally, three rainwater harvesting kits capture water for non-potable use; integrated LeafGuard and Gutter Tunnel protection help keep debris out of the containment tanks. 800.364.5378.

Vast Enterprises Permeable Pavers Vast’s permeable composite pavers offer an eco-friendly double whammy: not only do they reduce stormwater runoff, the pavers are made with 95% recycled scrap car tires and plastic containers and are 100% recyclable. According to the company, the 3-inch-by-6-inch pavers offer the look, strength, and durability of traditional segmental concrete, but at one-third the weight, allowing them to be used in rooftop applications in addition to driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, and patios. The pavers offer an infiltration rate of more than 400 inches per hour when installed with an open-graded base. 612.234.8958.

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