Check out the latest in green building products listed below or see them in the attached slideshow.
Milgard. Essence windows combine a wood interior and a fiberglass exterior for a wood look with a durable exterior surface. The windows feature traditional butt joinery and no visible fasteners, nail holes, or staple marks; an integrated weep system keeps moisture from penetrating the interior. With the standard glass package, the windows are Energy Star rated and have R-values ranging from 3.33 to 3.57; optional triple glazing is available for up to 30% more efficiency. 800.645.4273. www.milgard.com.
Fluke Tools. The TiS Thermal Imager provides an economical option for diagnosing moisture intrusion, energy loss, missing insulation, HVAC problems, and electrical overheating, says the maker. The unit features manual focus and a 3.7-inch display screen that is 30% larger than comparable image screens. Professional reporting software is included. 800.443.5853. www.fluke.com.
GE. The Nucleus energy manager with Brillion technology communicates with a home’s AMI Zigbee smart meter to provide near-real-time data about electricity consumption and estimated costs, allowing homeowners to make better decisions and helping them better manage and adjust to time-of-use energy rates. The Nucleus also can work in conjunction with GE’s Brillion-enabled programmable thermostat and Profile appliances to provide additional data on heating, cooling, and appliance consumption. 800.220.6899. www.gebrillion.com.
Generac. The EcoGen 6-kW backup automatic household generator is designed for off-grid homes. The first automatic unit to be warranted for this type of application, the propane-powered generator works with existing solar or wind systems; if power dips too low, the inverter charger signals the generator to switch on. The generator has a weatherproof enclosure and features ultra-quiet operation of 52 dBA. 888.436.3722. www.generac.com.
Lifetime Lumber. The company now offers privacy fencing and pergolas made with its composite lumber, which provides the look of wood but is resistant to rot, moisture, and termites. The material is crafted using SCS-certified 60% recycled content in the form of fly ash. Privacy fencing comes in five styles, including dog ear and shadow box, and in six colors. 877.285.4338. www.lifetimelumber.com.
Arxx. The ICFs manufacturer now offers reFIT, a basement finishing system that provides for a finished wall assembly R-value of 13.9. The expanded polystyrene panels interlock vertically and install easily using metal base track, corner panel connectors, and wall clips and shims; embedded fastening strips allow for attachment of drywall. The panels are resistant to mold, mildew, and rot, says the maker. 800.293.3210. www.refiticf.com.
Rheem. Prestige Series condensing tankless water heaters, available in an indoor and outdoor model, offer an Energy Factor of 0.94 and are Energy Star rated. With a minimum flow rate of 0.26 gpm and a minimum activation flow rate of 0.4 gpm, the Prestige Series allows homeowners using low-flow fixtures to receive hot water without having to increase the flow. The units can accept stainless steel or PVC piping, which can reduce costs and ease installation. 866.720.2076. www.rheem.com. Circle 336.
Therma-Tru. Entry doors in the Classic-Craft Canvas Collection are made with smooth fiberglass and shipped ready to paint. The Energy Star–certified doors come in five styles—two-panel square top, two-panel plank soft arch, four-panel arch top, five-panel, and one-panel plank Craftsman—and with a range of glass options, including 11 low-E models. 800.843.7628. www.thermatru.com.