• SunCoatMAX Low-E Insulating Glass Windows

    SunCoatMAX low-E insulating glass is now an upgrade option on the manufacturer’s full line of windows and patio doors. The double-pane, triple-coating technology provides a center-of-glass SHGC of 0.27 and a U-factor of 0.24. Montecito and Tuscany vinyl casement windows with SunCoatMAX, argon gas...

     
  • The Light is a Queen Collection

    The Light is a Queen collection combines elements of traditional Italian craftsmanship with a modern aesthetic, according to the company.Designed by Jean-Francois Crochet, the Tresor metal suspension lamp is made from 3,900 minted coins. The coins are individually hand-welded and finished with...

     
  • The Wharton Collection

    Inspired by Edith Wharton's principles of tasteful design, the Wharton collection combines contemporary and traditional styles. The line includes a five- and a nine-light chandelier, as well as a three-light foyer chandelier. The fixtures come in brushed nickel with satin-etched cased opal glass...

     
  • The Milkman Collection

    This fixture from the Milkman collection is available in several energy-efficient options, including CFL, metal halide, or high pressure sodium lamping, as well as standard incandescent. The company offers a dimming ballast for the CFL fixture. This model is available in more than 50 finishes...

     
  • Everlume Line

    The company incorporates LEDs rather than light bulbs into six families of LED fixtures, including mini pendants, cove lighting, step lighting, and recessed fixtures. The manufacturer's Everlume line (pictured) uses a high-output, warm white LED source, which can be dimmed with standard...

     
  • Edison-Based LED Lamps

    The company's Edison-based LED lamps fit into traditional recessed cans and other sockets, and come in cool white as well as warm white and in narrow- and wide-beam distributions. Aluminum fins, die-cast in a patented design, dissipate heat from the rear of the bulbs. The company says the lamps are...

     
  • LivingColors

    The company's LivingColors lamp contains four LEDs: two red, one blue, and one green. Consumers can use a remote control to increase, reduce, brighten, or dim each color to create nearly unlimited color combinations, the manufacturer claims. The lamp, designed for interior use only, comes encased...

     
  • Reveal Halogen Lamps

    Reveal halogen lamps produce pure, true light to make colors in the home more vibrant. This company added neodymium, a natural element that filters out the dull yellow cast by other bulbs. Reveal halogen bulbs are up to 10 percent brighter and last up to three times longer than standard...

     
  • Facets Lighting Collection

    The Facets collection combines classic industrial design with retro flair. Available in ceiling, pendant (pictured), and wall-mount designs, these fixtures feature three configurations for CFLs, metal halides, and standard incandescent bulbs. The cylindrical bullet diffuser is offered in clear or...

     
  • Tahoe Lighting Collection

    The Tahoe collection includes several fixtures, including three chandelier options. Available with three, five (pictured), or nine lights, these chandeliers come in brushed nickel (pictured) or burnished or painted bronze. All of the chandeliers feature alabaster-style glass. Homeowners can choose...

     
  • Dulux EL CFL Lamps

    The Dulux EL CFL lamps come in a variety of wattages and types, from general purpose and directional to décor and specialty. This line of lamps includes the Micro Mini, the smallest CFL available, the company claims. The 13-watt version is approximately one-third smaller than the average mini-twist...

     
  • Recessed Downlighting Line

    Bulbs in the Halo compact fluorescent recessed downlighting line are dimmable. The downlights are Energy Star-qualified and feature energy-efficient electronic ballasts and dimming from 15 percent to 100 percent, according to the manufacturer. Available for both the 5-inch and 6-inch aperture lines...

     
  • Green Ribbon Products

    These days, you can't swing a hammer without hitting a product marketing itself as "green." But while the sustainable building trend is one that's often as good for the bottom line as it is for environment, all this bandwagon-jumping can lead to greenwashing, leaving many pros and consumers...

     
  • Lav Faucets are Awash in New Standards from the EPA's WaterSense Program

    Everyone is preoccupied with oil shortages these days. But the building industry's eyes are already on the next scarce natural resource: water. While the U.S. population nearly doubled between 1950 and 2000, the demand for water more than tripled, putting pressure on both water supplies and an...

     
  • Efficient Design and Building Practices Can Effectively Reduce Your Waste Stream and Boost Your Bottom Line

    Through the point of installing insulation in his 3,600-square-foot custom home near Columbia, S.C., architect Mark Bostic has yet to make or pay for a trip to the local landfill. In Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jeff Zolnik serves about three-quarters of the area's builders with his construction waste...

     
  • Sound-Abatement Windows Can Help Make a House Hushed and Healthy

    The Burlington Northern train runs through Ft. Collins, Colo., 10 times a day, and architect Pete Weber designed a mixed-use project right next to its noisy tracks. On this project, Weber, creative director for Boulder, Colo.-based Coburn Development, speced Weather Shield's Zo-e-shield 6 laminated...

     
  • What You Need to Know About Greenwashing

    Walking through the exhibit floor at Greenbuild last year, Scot Case was surprised by the amount of misleading or inaccurate environmental claims he encountered at the respected conference on sustainable building.

     
  • Incandescent Bulbs and Fixtures are Beginning to Take a Back Seat to CFLs and LEDs

    Interior designers at Brentwood Custom Homes know what's good for their customers—and for the planet—even if those homeowners have never heard of it.

     
  • Longevity, Durability, and Recyclability Make Metal Roofing a Good Choice for Sustainable Building

    There is a house in Omaha, Neb., that is unlike any other in the state—perhaps the country. Built under HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), this "Concept Home" is loaded with 60 of the best technologies and products home building has to offer and is seen as a model for the...

     
  • Bright Ideas

    Just a year ago, Marty Bursky never had conversations with his clients about which type of energy-efficient fixture, if any, they should use in their exterior lighting. "Up until very recently," says the president of Cleveland Lighting One, a lighting showroom, dealer, and installer in the...

     
  • Green Remodeling Provides a Second Chance at Sustainability

    By its very nature, remodeling is "green" in that you are reusing and improving existing infrastructures. After that, remodeling green calls on many of the same products and techniques as any other green building process.

     
  • Green Remodeling Provides a Second Chance at Sustainability: Case Studies

    Case studies from Wisconsin and California showcase the many ways eco-friendly products and processes can make all the difference in existing homes

     
  • Improved High-Efficiency Showerheads Make The Most of Lower Flows

    Justin Wilson has been specifying ultra-low-flow showerheads for more than three years. But his biggest surprise when comparing water-efficient fixtures to typical builder-grade showerheads is that there is no surprise at all.

     
  • Hardwood Flooring's Green Message Grows on Pros and Consumers

    As recently as a year ago, Epcon Communities was not specifying hardwood flooring in its home market of Columbus, Ohio. The builder of slab-on-grade, ranch condominiums in the $180,000 to $250,000 price range installed carpet and vinyl surfaces in its homes, says Craig Thomas, vice president of...

     
  • Engineered Lumber's Green Attributes Provide Another Selling Point

    When Trus Joist introduced the first engineered I-joist in 1969, it wasn't to save the planet. It was to help save a building industry that depended on huge, old-growth trees that were quickly becoming scarce and more protected by regulators.

     
  • New Features and Technologies Boost Refrigerator Efficiency

    As homeowners demand resource-conserving features, appliance makers are responding with a range of energy-saving details, including improved insulation and new compressor technologies.