• Icynene. The companys portfolio of 100% water-blown spray-foam insulation products ranges from 0.5-pound light density to 2.0-pound medium density. LD-R-50 contains renewable content greater than 7% based on ASTM D 6686 testing and exceeds the renewable content specification set by the USDA BioPreferred program and ICC-SAVE; it offers an R-value of 3.7 per inch. MD-R-200 medium-density spray foam has many of the performance characteristics of a closed-cell product, but since it does not rely on synthetic blowing agents, it has extremely low Global Warming Potential. Compared to its light-density products, MD-R-200 has higher R-value per inch of 5.2, higher compressive strength, higher tensile strength, and lower vapor permeance, and it contains up to 12.6% recycled plastic in the resin. Icynene products comply as Low-Emitting Materials under Collaborative for High Performance Schools EQ 2.2 Section 01350. 800.758.7325. www.icynene.com.

    Water-Blown Spray-Foam Insulation

    Icynene. The companys portfolio of 100% water-blown spray-foam insulation products ranges from 0.5-pound light density to 2.0-pound medium density. LD-R-50 contains renewable content greater than 7% based on ASTM D 6686 testing and exceeds the renewable content specification set by the USDA...

     
  • The Week in Green: Jan. 1-7

    A roundup of green building news including the release of California’s strict new green building code and the industry’s top trends for 2011.

     
  • Recycled-Content Tile From Trikeenan

    Trikeenan. Reclamation Tile is a ceramic product made from 20% recycled clay and 100% post-industrial glaze waste from a factory that reclaims all glaze leftovers, the company says. Available in 16 sizes, the tile comes in 3-inch-by-3-inch to 9-inch-by-12-inch sizes, 6-inch hexagons, and the...

     
  • Serious Materials. Made primarily from post-industrial waste and utilizing a natural drying process that avoids the energy required for calcining and oven-drying used in gypsum products, gypsum-free EcoRock contains 80% recycled material and requires 80% less energy to produce, says the company. The products fiberglass face and core materials resist mold without chemical treatment. It carries Greenguard and Cradle To Cradle Gold certifications and ULs Environmental Claims Validation. 800.797.8159. www.seriousmaterials.com.

    Recycled-Content, Mold-Resistant Wallboard

    Serious Materials. Made primarily from post-industrial waste and utilizing a natural drying process that avoids the energy required for calcining and oven-drying used in gypsum products, gypsum-free EcoRock contains 80% recycled material and requires 80% less energy to produce, says the company...

     
  • Armstrong. Origins cabinets are crafted with PureBond urea-formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood using the ESP-certified companys Genuine Allwood all-plywood construction. The Origins option is available with most styles, including Calibra, shown here in Bordeaux and honey. 800.228.1804. www.armstrong.com.

    Formaldehyde-Free Hardwood Plywood Cabinets

    Armstrong. Origins cabinets are crafted with PureBond urea-formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood using the ESP-certified companys Genuine Allwood all-plywood construction. The Origins option is available with most styles, including Calibra, shown here in Bordeaux and honey. 800.228.1804...

     
  • Mobile Solar Systems. MS 100 solar-powered jobsite generators range from 9 kWh to 18 kWh of battery storage capacity, 0.95 kWh to 4.68 kWh production per day, and 1.1 kW to 3.5 kW of output power. The Wells Cargo trailers can be towed behind most four- or six-cylinder vehicles, and the products can include AC input or diesel and gasoline generator charging capability. 805.466.1006. www.mobilesolarpower.net.

    Solar-Powered Jobsite Generator

    Mobile Solar Systems. MS 100 solar-powered jobsite generators range from 9 kWh to 18 kWh of battery storage capacity, 0.95 kWh to 4.68 kWh production per day, and 1.1 kW to 3.5 kW of output power. The Wells Cargo trailers can be towed behind most four- or six-cylinder vehicles, and the products...

     
  • The Year in Green, Part 1

    A roundup of green building news highlights from 2010.

     
  • The Week in Green: Dec. 11-17

    A roundup of green building news including the impact of rare earth materials shortages and growing consumer awareness of efficient lighting.

     
  • UV-Blocking Daylighting Panels

    Duo-Gard. The company now offers its translucent daylighting panels with 3S Solar Block, a transparent coating that the firm claims transmits up to 79% of visible light while blocking 99.9% of the UV rays that can cause fading and 95% of infrared heat rays. The product allows pros to bring in...

     
  • HomerWood. Reclaimed Hardwood flooring is crafted from slow-growth Appalachian timber from deconstructed barns in Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The kiln-dried wood features character markings such as nail holes, cracks, and mineral streaks. It comes with the companys low-luster Oil Naturals finish. 814.827.3855. www.homerwood.com.

    Reclaimed Wood Flooring

    HomerWood. Reclaimed Hardwood flooring is crafted from slow-growth Appalachian timber from deconstructed barns in Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The kiln-dried wood features character markings such as nail holes, cracks, and mineral streaks. It comes with the companys low-luster Oil Naturals...

     
  • Rinnai. The companys new condensing tankless water heaters offer the continuous hot water of a traditional tankless unit with even greater energy savings: The Energy Starqualified units operate at 95% thermal efficiency, according to the company. The water heaters feature two commercial-grade heat exchangers; a concentric venting design provides for better safety and easier installation. Four models are available. 866.746.6241. www.rinnai.us.

    Top 15 Reader-Requested Products of 2011

    The 15 products that piqued EcoHome readers' interest, including tankless water heaters, LED lighting, and green walls.

     
  • Beyond Net-Zero

    Homes that generate more energy than they consume could become mainstream once the economy improves, expert says.

     
  • The Week in Green: Dec. 4-10

    A roundup of green building news including New York’s incentive program for sustainable homes and the country’s top smart-growth cities.

     
  • Rainscreen Panels

    Richlite. RainShadow rainscreen cladding panels are made with an FSC-certified recycled paper composite that is weather resistant with no sealing required, durable, and color-through. The product comes in 5/16-inch-thick 4x8 and 5x12 sheets. Midnight iron, Boulder bronze, Buckhorn Mountain, and...

     
  • Rinnai. The RH360 solar reheat kit provides efficient, consistent tankless backup for solar water heating. Previous other solar tankless backup solutions fed the hot line from the solar tank directly to the tankless backup unit, which would heat water when the temperature started to drop, which could lead to temperature fluctuations, the firm says. The RH360 kicks in only when the water temperature in the solar storage tank drops below a pre-set point, drawing the coldest water from the bottom of the solar storage tank to the tankless unit and returning it to the top of the tank, helping to maintain consistent-temperature hot water delivery, the maker says; minimal tank mixing allows for optimization of solar gain, and the elimination of off-cycle thermal circulation decreases heat loss. 866.746.6241. www.rinnai.us.

    Solar Tankless Water Heating Backup

    Rinnai. The RH360 solar reheat kit provides efficient, consistent tankless backup for solar water heating. Previous other solar tankless backup solutions fed the hot line from the solar tank directly to the tankless backup unit, which would heat water when the temperature started to drop, which...

     
  • Legrand/Pass & Seymour. With pre-set dimming control, automatic lighting shutoff, and optional automatic lighting activation, the Dimming Multi-way Convertible Occupancy Sensor allows homeowners to maximize energy savings as well as lighting levels. Passive infrared technology distinguishes between a person and background space, shutting off when motion is no longer detected over a range from 15 seconds to 30 minutes. Dimming is controlled via a push-button switch. 877.295.3472. www.legrand.us.

    Smart Lighting Control

    Legrand/Pass & Seymour. With pre-set dimming control, automatic lighting shutoff, and optional automatic lighting activation, the Dimming Multi-way Convertible Occupancy Sensor allows homeowners to maximize energy savings as well as lighting levels. Passive infrared technology distinguishes...

     
  • KB Home Ranks No. 1 in Sustainability Practices Among Largest Public Builders

    Biennial report from Calvert Investments finds progress among the green policies and practices of the nation’s largest home builders, but sees much more to be done.

     
  • The Week in Green: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

    A roundup of green building news including GE’s new home energy management division and the growth of solar-related businesses.

     
  • Case Study: Florida Concrete Home Is Ultra Strong and Energy Efficient by Design

    Coastal home, certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition, combines a strong shell, fashionable interiors, and location-smart design.

     
  • Tips for Creating the Not So Big House

    Architect Sarah Susanka advocates for “rightsizing” the American home.

     
  • November Legislative Update

    A roundup of local, state, and federal legislation and government news affecting green home building.

     
  • On the Front Lines: Ed Brown, Habitat for Humanity

    Green rehabs require up-front review and analysis, sustainable building expert says.

     
  • Fireclay Tile. Debris Series ceramic tile is made from local factory dust and California clay, giving it a recycled content of more than 60%, says the firm. The series includes 112 glaze colors and comes in sizes from 1 inch by 2 inches to 12 inches square. 408.275.1182. www.fireclaytile.com.

    Recycled-Content Tile

    Fireclay Tile. Debris Series ceramic tile is made from local factory dust and California clay, giving it a recycled content of more than 60%, says the firm. The series includes 112 glaze colors and comes in sizes from 1 inch by 2 inches to 12 inches square. 408.275.1182. www.fireclaytile.com.

     
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    Structural Sheathing With Moisture Barrier

    Drywood Products. Providing a structural sheathing with a laminated ice and water barrier, Drywood roof and wall panels eliminate the need for felt paper, ice and water shield, and an air infiltration barrier, says the firm. A seam tape provides moisture resistance at abutting edges, valleys...

     
  • Greenbuild Product Roundup

    Nine new products for your green homes from the 2010 conference.

     
  • BuildingGreen, Healthy Building Network Join Forces

    Partnership between publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and the creator of the Pharos Project is expected to increase the depth and scope of each group’s green product and material evaluation tools.

     
  • Top Tips for Building an Affordable Green Home

    Make It Right representatives provide product selection and construction techniques for keeping costs down.

     
  • Expert Advice for Constructing Green Multifamily Buildings

    Developers urge their peers to green existing buildings.

     
  • The Week in Green: Nov. 13-19

    A roundup of green building news including the new Congress’s impact on green jobs and coverage from the 2010 Greenbuild Conference & Expo.

     
  • BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Products for 2010

    The list features five residential innovations, including composite decking, a high-efficiency toilet, and a smart pump.

     
  • Marvin. The Performance Education Handbook available online and in print includes design pressure DP ratings Energy Star ratings glass performance and NFRC certification and labeling for the companys entire product line among other performance topics. The site also lists products that qualify for energy tax credits. Pictured Aluminumclad wood windows. 800.346.3363. www.marvin.com.

    Window Performance Guide

    Marvin's “Performance Education Handbook,” available online and in print, includes design pressure (DP) ratings, Energy Star ratings, glass performance, and NFRC certification and labeling for the company’s entire product line, among other performance topics.

     
  • Part 8: Marketing

    When it comes to branding its high-performance homes, the builder now relies on social media, SEO, and blogging just as much as (and sometimes more than) traditional yard signs and print ads.

     
  • The Week in Green: Nov. 6-12

    A roundup of green building news including the value of walkable communities and shrinking American homes.

     
  • DOE Study: Contractors Help Energy Efficiency Initiatives Succeed

    Local energy efficiency programs are more likely to be successful when residential contractors are actively involved with them, according to a new report.

     
  • LG Hausys. Large transparent chips in Hi-Macs Galaxy solid surfacing provide a shimmering effect reminiscent of space. The non-porous, Greenguard-certified surfacing comes in eight colors in 1/2-inch-thick sheets measuring 30 inches by 145 inches; custom lengths are available. 877.853.1805. www.lgsurfaces.com.

    Greenguard-Certified Solid Surfacing

    LG Hausys. Large transparent chips in Hi-Macs Galaxy solid surfacing provide a shimmering effect reminiscent of space. The non-porous, Greenguard-certified surfacing comes in eight colors in 1/2-inch-thick sheets measuring 30 inches by 145 inches; custom lengths are available. 877.853.1805...

     
  • Bosch. The 800 Plus dishwasher uses as little as 1.5 gallons of water per cycle, 70% less than average dishwashers, and operates at an industry-leading 180 kWh per year, according to the company. The Energy Starrated unit includes a triple filtration system; an improved load sensor; a four-part leak protection system; and a flow-through water heater. Combining a noise-reducing brushless direct-current drain pump, improved insulation, and dosage assist to eliminate spray against the door, the unit achieves a sound rating of 40 dBA. 800.921.9622. www.boschappliances.com.

    Water-Saving Dishwasher

    Bosch. The 800 Plus dishwasher uses as little as 1.5 gallons of water per cycle, 70% less than average dishwashers, and operates at an industry-leading 180 kWh per year, according to the company. The Energy Starrated unit includes a triple filtration system; an improved load sensor; a four-part...

     
  • Coulomb Technologies. Designed for residential and light commercial use, the CT500 Level II ChargePoint 7.2-kW vehicle charging station is compatible with electric cars that comply with the SAE J1772 plug-in electric vehicle charging standard. A card reader option is available to prevent energy theft. The compact unit is compatible with Levitons Evr-Green pre-wired mounting system, providing for simple plug-in installation. 408.841.4500. www.coulombtech.com.

    Vehicle Charging Station

    Coulomb Technologies. Designed for residential and light commercial use, the CT500 Level II ChargePoint 7.2-kW vehicle charging station is compatible with electric cars that comply with the SAE J1772 plug-in electric vehicle charging standard. A card reader option is available to prevent energy...

     
  • Part 7: Framed and Weatherproof in Days

    Panelized framing get the project under roof as fast as possible.

     
  • 2010 Greenbuild Product Preview

    14 residential products that will be on display at next week's conference and expo in Chicago.

     
  • DOE’s Home Energy Score Program Aims to Simplify Performance Evaluation

    Pilot scoring tool ranks a house’s energy performance on a scale from 1 to 10, provides customized upgrade recommendations.

     
  • Green Renovations: A Remodeler’s Key to Success

    Sustainable retrofit expert David Johnston offers tips for high-efficiency remodels.

     
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    The Real Deal

    Of all the people I’ve known working to move our industry toward a sustainable future, Hanley Award winner Alex Wilson has maintained the steadiest focus and clearest vision.

     
  • The Week in Green: Oct. 30-Nov. 5

    A roundup of green building news including the finalists of the EnergyValue Housing Award and ASHRAE’s new residential energy standard.

     
  • BASF. Comfort Foam and Spraytite medium-density, closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulations provide an R-value of 6.7 per inch and 6.6 per inch, respectively, and meet FEMA guidelines as suitable insulation materials for flood regions. Also in the companys portfolio is Enertite, a low-density, open-cell water-blown polyurethane foam that delivers an R-value of 3.5 per inch. All three products are Energy Star and Greenguard listed and incorporate renewable, sucrose-based polyols and recycled and/or bio content. 800.526.1072. www.basf.com.

    Medium-Density Spray-Foam Insulation

    BASF. Comfort Foam and Spraytite medium-density, closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulations provide an R-value of 6.7 per inch and 6.6 per inch, respectively, and meet FEMA guidelines as suitable insulation materials for flood regions. Also in the companys portfolio is Enertite, a low-density...

     
  • Solar-powered Portable Generator

    Solar Stik. The Nano-Series Solar Stik 100 & Power Pak 100 system is designed for light- to medium-duty applications and can store up to 1 kWh per day. Dual power receptacles allow for the connection of additional Stiks. The Stik transports in a reusable box or a Pelican transport case with custom...

     
  • Recycled-Content Leather Tile

    EcoDomo. Made from leather luxury car seat scraps, Rainforest leather tiles contain 60% pre-consumer recycled content and snap together to create re-usable designs without glue. The 15-inch-by-15-inch tiles, available in 12 colors and three textures, have a resistance equivalent to cork or linoleum...

     
  • Part 6: Foundation

    From the concrete mix to the extra insulation, Bethesda Bungalows specifies foundations to ensure efficiency from the ground up.

     
  • Home Tours Offered During Greenbuild

    Chicago’s sustainable homes—including affordable, net-zero, and multifamily dwellings--will open to conference-goers.

     
  • October Legislative Update

    A roundup of local, state, and federal legislation and government news affecting green home building.

     
  • The Week in Green: Oct. 23-29

    A roundup of green building news including peel-and-stick solar panels and a Swedish green building company’s arrival in the U.S.

     
  • Broan. Unlike traditional thermostatically controlled attic ventilators, the Solar-Powered Attic Ventilator activates first thing in the morning to remove overnight moisture before heat builds up. A 20-watt PV panel powers the unit and can be mounted away from the ventilator for optimal positioning. The unit can ventilate up to 1,600 square feet of space. 800.558.1711. www.broan.com.

    Solar-Powered Attic Ventilator

    Broan. Unlike traditional thermostatically controlled attic ventilators, the Solar-Powered Attic Ventilator activates first thing in the morning to remove overnight moisture before heat builds up. A 20-watt PV panel powers the unit and can be mounted away from the ventilator for optimal...

     
  • Water-Saving Showerhead

    Price Pfister. The 1.5-gpm Eco-Pfriendly showerhead with Air Infusion Technology, which infuses air in the water droplets to amplify pressure, is WaterSense certified. It is available in a chrome finish. 800.422.4278. www.pricepfister.com.

     
  • IntegraSpec. The companys panelized (knock-down) system features bi-directional and reversible components to ease installation and reduce cutting, dust, and waste. An embedded insert accepts interlocking webs (spacers) to create core widths from 4 to 12 inches, with H clips to combine spacers for wider core dimensions. Inserts also help mitigate form lift during the pour and provide 1 5/8-inch-wide nailing strips that are marked on both sides of each panel. Standard assembled wall sections (blocks) measure 48 inches long by 12 1/4 inches high. 800.382.9102. www.integraspec.com.

    Reversible, Bi-Directional Panelized System

    IntegraSpec. The companys panelized (knock-down) system features bi-directional and reversible components to ease installation and reduce cutting, dust, and waste. An embedded insert accepts interlocking webs (spacers) to create core widths from 4 to 12 inches, with H clips to combine spacers for...

     
  • Study: 95% of Green-Marketed Products Utilize Misleading Claims

    While only 5% of the 5,300 products examined by TerraChoice were free of some form of greenwashing, the results showed improvement over last year and an increase in green product selection overall, particularly in construction.

     
  • Greenbuild Residential Summit to Feature New Master Speaker Series

    New this year, Master Speaker sessions gather leading industry experts to tackle three of the residential green building community’s most pressing issues—existing-home retrofits, green marketing, and green appraisals.

     
  • On the Front Lines: Kelly Mitchell, AIA, Mitchell Garman Architects

    Architect Kelly Mitchell discusses starting a business in a struggling economy and the challenges and triumphs of her first LEED project.

     
  • The Week in Green: Oct. 15-21

    A roundup of green building news including the demise of a Salt Lake City green building center, an upcoming ICC vote on energy efficiency, and glass solar roof tiles.

     
  • Boise Cascade. The manufacturer now offers FSC chain-of-custody certification for its engineered wood products, which already were SFI certified. Available products include BCI joists with Versa-Lam LVL flanges, Versa-Stud LVL framing lumber, and Versa-Rim rimboards. Also available are AllJoist products, including the new deep-joist AJS 30, which has 3?1/2-inch-wide flanges in 18-, 20-, 22-, or 24-inch depths. 208.384.6161. www.bc.com.

    FSC-Certified Engineered Wood

    Boise Cascade. The manufacturer now offers FSC chain-of-custody certification for its engineered wood products, which already were SFI certified. Available products include BCI joists with Versa-Lam LVL flanges, Versa-Stud LVL framing lumber, and Versa-Rim rimboards. Also available are AllJoist...

     
  • Velux. Known in the U.S. for skylights and roof windows Velux has been manufacturing flatplate solar systems worldwide for more than 15 years. The SRCCcertified Integrated Collector Systems now available here can be installed directly onto the roof deck for a lowprofile appearance using a flashing system that covers all mounting hardware. One two or threecollector systems with 60 80 or 120gallon insulated storage tanks are available. 800.283.2831. www.veluxusa.comsolar.

    Solar Hot Water System

    Velux. Known in the U.S. for skylights and roof windows, Velux has been manufacturing flat-plate solar systems worldwide for more than 15 years. The SRCC-certified Integrated Collector Systems now available here can be installed directly onto the roof deck for a low-profile appearance using a...

     
  • Recycled-Content Porcelain Tile

    Daltile. San Michele glazed porcelain tile contains more than 50% pre-consumer recycled content and features an antimicrobial protection layer within the glaze. Ideal for floors, walls, countertops, and backsplashes, the tile incorporates a new graphic technology to make travertine veins and clefts...

     
  • LG Hausys. Large transparent chips in Hi-Macs Galaxy solid surfacing provide a shimmering effect reminiscent of space. The non-porous, Greenguard-certified surfacing comes in eight colors in 1/2-inch-thick sheets measuring 30 inches by 145 inches; custom lengths are available. 877.853.1805. www.lgsurfaces.com.

    New + Notable Green Products

    10 new products for sustainable homes, including recycled-content tile, a vehicle charging station, and an ultra-efficient dishwasher.

     
  • While many of Kaufmanns previous styles were tuned to mild, West Coast climates, Ridge0 meets the demands of colder, Midwestern locales. The design features less glass, yet still incorporates front and rear window-wall connections to the outdoors.

    Net-Zero Modular

    Two prominent pre-fab studios--Michelle Kaufmann and Kaplan Thompson--have each introduced a set of modular home designs that generate as much energy as they use.

     
  • Lafarge. Mold Defense gypsum for interior wall and ceiling applications features a moisture-resistant core and treated paper facings on the front, back, and long edges. The product, which is made from synthetic gypsum, can be used as tile backer in dry applications or in areas where some moisture is expected, like bathrooms and laundry rooms. The wallboard is Greenguard certified. The company also offers a ready mix compound that does not generate dust. 800.237.5505. www.lafargenorthamerica.com.

    Wall to Wall

    With a focus on durability and growing attention toward recycled materials--plus a new industry certification program--wallboard offers a number of opportunities to make greener selections.

     
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    The Good Fight

    For 25 years, Alex Wilson has almost single-handedly shaped the field of environmental journalism, and by doing so has inspired and educated a legion of sustainable-building professionals.

     
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    Small Wonder

    Part of an enclave of small-but-cozy homes in the Serenbe progressive community, the 1,100-square-foot Nest Cottage boasts a wealth of green-minded practices, products, and performance.

     
  • Greenbuild 2010

    USGBC will host 15 educational sessions during Greenbuild on Nov. 18

     
  • Part 5: The Quest for LEED

    Third-party certification requires meticulous documentation each step of the way.

     
  • Baby Boomers, Gen Y, and the Recession Shift Long-Held Housing Tastes and Trends

    The economy and jobs are reshaping the household picture, a ULI panel says, as Gen Yers delay buying and boomers age in place. Among all groups, walkability and transit dominate the wish list.

     
  • The Week in Green: Oct. 9-15

    A roundup of green building news including dual-flush toilets for New York City buildings and coverage of the ULI Fall Meeting.

     
  • Green Housing Comeback Predicted

    For many American consumers, the recession has put interest in sustainable housing on hold.

     
  • Demilec. Sealection 500 open-cell, spray-applied, semi-rigid polyurethane foam is fully water-blown and delivers an R-value of 3.81 per inch. The companys premium product, Agribalance, is a water-blown open-cell foam that contains more than 10% renewable agricultural-based materials and delivers R-4.45 per inch. Both products are certified by Energy Star and EcoLogo. Finally, Heatlok Soy closed-cell foam is made of recycled plastic materials and renewable soy oils, and uses Enovate 3000, a blowing agent the firm says has a low GWP. It offers R-6.6 per inch and carries Energy Star, Air Barrier Association of America, and Greenguard certifications. Sealection Agribalance and Heatlok Soy meet Biobased Affirmative Procurement Program criteria. 877.336.4532. www.demilecusa.com.

    Open-Cell, Spray-Foam Insulation

    Demilec. Sealection 500 open-cell, spray-applied, semi-rigid polyurethane foam is fully water-blown and delivers an R-value of 3.81 per inch. The companys premium product, Agribalance, is a water-blown open-cell foam that contains more than 10% renewable agricultural-based materials and delivers...

     
  • Enertech MFG. Hydron Module Revolution HXT series geothermal heat pumps are up to 500% efficient, says the firm. A foamed-in heat exchanger prevents condensation, and quadruple compressor isolation reduces noise. The multi-positional cabinets can be field-converted from upflow to downflow, and they can be installed in right-hand or left-hand return-air configurations. All three models, ranging from 4 to 6 tons, use R410A refrigerant and are Energy Star rated. 800.720.1724. www.enertechmfg.com.

    Geothermal Heat Pump Series

    Enertech MFG. Hydron Module Revolution HXT series geothermal heat pumps are up to 500% efficient, says the firm. A foamed-in heat exchanger prevents condensation, and quadruple compressor isolation reduces noise. The multi-positional cabinets can be field-converted from upflow to downflow, and...

     
  • Kohler. The companys Karbon industrial-style articulating faucet is now available in a smaller profile for baths. The WaterSense-certified units come in deck-mount, wall-mount, and wide-spread options in silver or black with polished chrome or brushed nickel accents. They feature two spray options. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

    Articulating Bath Faucet

    Kohler. The companys Karbon industrial-style articulating faucet is now available in a smaller profile for baths. The WaterSense-certified units come in deck-mount, wall-mount, and wide-spread options in silver or black with polished chrome or brushed nickel accents. They feature two spray...

     
  • 2010 Greenbuild Residential Summit Offers Host of Educational Opportunities

    Workshops, charrettes, tours, and networking opportunities abound for sustainably minded home builders attending this year’s Greenbuild Conference & Expo.

     
  • The Week in Green: Oct. 3-8

    A roundup of green building news including solar's return to the White House and green jobs on the rise in California.

     
  • FTC Releases Revisions to Green Guides, Opens Proposal for Public Comment

    Proposed changes to the Guides, which help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims, are designed to strengthen existing guidelines, address new gray areas, and make the overall tool easier to use.

     
  • Moen, Lowe’s Among EPA’s WaterSense Partners of the Year

    Manufacturers, utilities, and individuals recognized for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense-labeled products.

     
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    Energy-Efficient Window Packages

    Milgard. Designed to take the guesswork out of optimizing window efficiency and matching units to the home’s climate, 3D/3D Max Energy Packages address energy efficiency through the three dimensions of a window: frame, product design, and glazing unit. Package components include technologies with...

     
  • Neil Kelly. All of the manufacturers cabinets are available with no-added-urea-formaldehyde agriboard case and drawer materials; FSC-certified wood and veneers; and low-VOC glues, adhesives, and finishes. The 3/4-inch base, frameless Signature collection, shown here, comes in a range of classic styles. Species include ash, knotty pine, Lyptus, and FSC-certified cherry. 866.691.2717. www.neilkellycabinets.com.

    Agriboard, FSC-Certified, Low-VOC Cabinets

    Neil Kelly. All of the manufacturer's cabinets are available with no-added-urea-formaldehyde agriboard case and drawer materials; FSC-certified wood and veneers; and low-VOC glues, adhesives, and finishes. The 3/4-inch base, frameless Signature collection, shown here, comes in a range of classic...

     
  • Mannington Mills. Earthly Elements engineered hardwood flooring comes in 12-inch squares and 12-inch-by-24-inch rectangles, in addition to a traditional 6-inch plank, allowing installers to mix and match colors and shapes for a custom design, such as checkerboard or herringbone patterns. The flooring comes in oak in five colors and in hickory in three colors. It is FloorScore certified. 800.356.6787. www.mannington.com.

    Engineered Hardwood Flooring Tiles

    Mannington Mills. Earthly Elements engineered hardwood flooring comes in 12-inch squares and 12-inch-by-24-inch rectangles, in addition to a traditional 6-inch plank, allowing installers to mix and match colors and shapes for a custom design, such as checkerboard or herringbone patterns. The...

     
  • Part 4: Geothermal Falls Through

    Poor soil conditions cause Bethesda Bungalows to switch gears on the heating and cooling system for KellyGreen.

     
  • Part 3: Getting the Most Out of a LEED Checklist Meeting

    Here's what to expect--and what to bring--to ensure you project gets off to a good start.

     
  • MonierLifetile Launches "Smog-Eating" Roofing

    The concrete tiles, first installed by KB Home in California, use sun and water to convert pollutants into nitrogen

     
  • On the Front Lines: Ray Tonjes, Ray Tonjes Builder Inc.

    The Texas builder, a fixture in Austin’s green building scene since its early years, reflects on the industry’s evolution and the importance of building science.

     
  • Proposed DOE Standards Could Cut Refrigerator Energy Consumption by Up to 25%

    Proposal, now open for public comment, could take effect in 2014.

     
  • The Week in Green: Sept. 24-Oct. 1

    A roundup of green building news including hurricane-resistant modular homes and why energy efficiency does not decrease energy consumption.

     
  • September Legislative Update

    A roundup of local, state, and federal legislation and government news affecting green home building.

     
  • 86 Percent Recycled-Content Tile

    Oceanside Glasstile. The company partners with local curbside recycling programs to collect more than 2 million pounds of glass annually for the Muse collection of handcrafted mosaic glass tiles, which contain up to 86% recycled content. The tiles come in more than 40 colors and four finishes for...

     
  • Fox Blocks. Preassembled interlocking blocks are offered in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-inch core thicknesses and measure 16 inches tall. Blocks, including corners, are designed to be reversible to speed construction and reduce on-site cuts, foam dust, and waste. Accessories include 45-degree angles, taper tops, T-blocks, and corbel ledges. The system can achieve STC ratings of up to 50 and is designed to meet seismic and high-wind codes. Plastic ties and forms are recyclable and blocks emit no VOCs, says the maker. 877.369.2562. www.foxblocks.com.

    Reversible ICFs

    Fox Blocks. Preassembled interlocking blocks are offered in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-inch core thicknesses and measure 16 inches tall. Blocks, including corners, are designed to be reversible to speed construction and reduce on-site cuts, foam dust, and waste. Accessories include 45-degree angles, taper...

     
  • BioBased. BioBased 502 and BioBased 1701s are made by incorporating Agrol polyol, a 96% soybean-based polyol. 502, a second-generation open-cell, water-blown spray-foam insulation, has 12% bio-content, offers an R-value of 13 at 3 1/2 inches, and is BRE-certified. A higher density, water-blown, closed-cell, 1.7-pound foam, 1701 serves as an air barrier and a Class II vapor retarder at 2 1/2 inches with an R-value of 19 at 3 1/2 inches; it has 16% bio-content and is certified to Greenguard Children & Schools. Both products are Class I fire-rated. 800.803.5189. www.biobased.net.

    Soy-Based Spray-Foam Insulation

    BioBased. BioBased 502 and BioBased 1701s are made by incorporating Agrol polyol, a 96% soybean-based polyol. 502, a second-generation open-cell, water-blown spray-foam insulation, has 12% bio-content, offers an R-value of 13 at 3 1/2 inches, and is BRE-certified. A higher density, water-blown...

     
  • DOE Halts the Sales of Air-Con Air Conditioners

    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based heating and cooling company sold 2,000 10-SEER units.

     
  • A House Without a Furnace in Vermont

    An airtight building envelope, thicker insulation, triple-pane windows, and proper solar orientation sun allow a house in Norwich, Vt., to be toasty warm even in extreme cold and without a furnace.

     
  • Illinois Developer Breaks Ground on 132-Home Net-Zero Community

    Originally designed as a traditional subdivision, Prairie Ridge will now feature solar- and wind-powered homes with R-58 ICF walls and geothermal heating and cooling.

     
  • The Week in Green: Sept. 18-24

    A roundup of green building news including the world’s largest offshore wind farm and why America is not a solar leader.

     
  • Part 2: Deconstruction 101

    For green infill builder Bethesda Bungalows, the first step to a high-performance house is tearing down an old, inefficient one.

     
  • EcoDog. The Fido Solar Energy Watchdog system provides homeowners with a room-by-room graphic overview of the homes energy use, personalized saving tips and text notifications, and monitoring for alternative energy systems. Net-metering displays show alternative energy input from multiple sources, compare real-time energy generation versus consumption, and calculate savings in dollars and kWh. Fido hardware attaches to the breaker panel and the computer; consumers interface with the system via computer software. 877.432.6364. www.ecodoginc.com.

    Alternative Energy Monitoring System

    EcoDog. The Fido Solar Energy Watchdog system provides homeowners with a room-by-room graphic overview of the homes energy use, personalized saving tips and text notifications, and monitoring for alternative energy systems. Net-metering displays show alternative energy input from multiple sources...

     
  • Cosella Dorken. Delta-Floraxx serves as a water retention and drainage layer for green roof systems. The sheets, installed on top of a green roof systems root barrier, feature octagon-shaped dimples that retain water during drought periods, while holes in between drain excess water to eliminate plant rotting. A Delta-Biotop fabric layer is installed on top to hold the growing medium in place and prevent clogging. 888.433.5824. www.cosella-dorken.com.

    Drainage System for Green Roofs

    Cosella Dorken. Delta-Floraxx serves as a water retention and drainage layer for green roof systems. The sheets, installed on top of a green roof systems root barrier, feature octagon-shaped dimples that retain water during drought periods, while holes in between drain excess water to eliminate...

     
  • Part 1: Architect Brings West Coast Bungalow Ideals to East Coast Audience

    Bethesda Bungalows relies on Oregon designer Christian Gladu to interpret his bungalow philosophy for the unique size and layout needs of a higher-end, yet still green-minded, clientele.

     
  • Intro: Bethesda Bungalows Continues New Green Building Mission With Latest Infill Project

    Modeled after the builder's ultra-green demonstration home, this tear-down project combines sustainable construction techniques with conservation-boosting products. Follow the crew as they offer insight and advice on green building, product selection, marketing, installation, and much more.

     
  • On the Front Lines: David Porter, PorterWorks

    Green consultant and trainer discusses energy efficient mortgages and how to get the most from your appraiser.