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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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • MonierLifetile Launches "Smog-Eating" Roofing

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