• Greenfiber. Premium Grade Retrofit cellulose blownin wall and attic insulation features an allborate fireresistant formula. The new formulation also provides a higher level of dust suppressant the firm says and is easy to install over any existing insulation. It provides an installed Rvalue of 13 at 4.1 inches 19 at 6.1 inches and 30 at 9.4 inches. The product is SCScertified for 85 recycled content and carries Energy Star certification. 800.228.0024. www.greenfiber.com.

    New + Notable

    A selection of 15 sustainable products for sustainable homes, including efficient clothes washers, reclaimed wood flooring, and an energy monitoring system for appliances.

     
  • Amana. The Tandem laundry pair is designed to offer increased capacity high efficiency and a stylish look at a more affordable price point says the firm. The Energy Starrated washer uses 73 less water and 71 less energy than conventional top loaders according to the company and it is CEE Tier 3qualified. Both units feature sound dampeners for quiet operation and Touch and Go controls for simple programming. 866.616.2664. www.amana.com.

    New & Notable Green Building Products

    New products for sustainable homes, including efficient clothes washers, reclaimed wood flooring, and an energy monitoring system for appliances.

     
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    Open House

    The Open Prototype Initiative is promoting the "Open Building" technique, an approach that disentangles structure from systems.

     
  • Bradford White. EcoStor SC hot water storage tanks are optimized for use with most solar water heating collector systems. For maximum efficiency the units heating elements activate only when solar energy does not satisfy demand. The tanks feature an internal singlewall heat exchanger dual 5500watt or single 4500watt backup heating elements glasslined carbon steel heat exchanger cells and linings foam insulation and dual aluminum anodes for extralong service life. Three tank models with 60 to 115gallon capacities are available. 800.523.2931. www.bradfordwhite.com.

    Optimizing Windows

    Spot-specing windows based on their orientation--rather than installing a houseful of the same model--can have a significant impact on efficiency and homeowner comfort.

     
  • Hurd. An online glossary and comparative chart of various insulating glass options supplements printed materials that illustrate and explain the best use of each option for residential projects. The company also offers continuing education courses through www.aecdaily.comen2 and in person via its Architectural Services Group. Pictured Fixed windows with ComfortGlaze glass and dividedlight grilles. 800.223.4873. www.hurd.com.

    Optimizing Windows

    Spot-specing windows based on their orientation--rather than installing a houseful of the same model--can have a significant impact on efficiency and homeowner comfort.

     
  • Viessmann. The Vitosol 200T vacuumtube system for residential or commercial installations offers versatility for horizontal or vertical mounting options in roof wall or freestanding installations. Directflow solar collectors have soltitaniumcoated copper absorbers thick borosilicate tubes and permanently vacuumsealed glassmetal joints. Plugin connectors allow for tube rotation up to 25 degrees to optimize collector placement on most sites. Up to 150 tubes can be connected in series. It includes the SRCC label. 800.288.0667. www.viessmannus.com.

    Thermal Dynamics

    As interest in solar hot water climbs, understanding the systems is the first step to maximizing ROI.

     
  • Bradford White. EcoStor SC hot water storage tanks are optimized for use with most solar water heating collector systems. For maximum efficiency the units heating elements activate only when solar energy does not satisfy demand. The tanks feature an internal singlewall heat exchanger dual 5500watt or single 4500watt backup heating elements glasslined carbon steel heat exchanger cells and linings foam insulation and dual aluminum anodes for extralong service life. Three tank models with 60 to 115gallon capacities are available. 800.523.2931. www.bradfordwhite.com.

    Thermal Dynamics

    As interest in solar hot water climbs, understanding the systems is the first step to maximizing ROI.

     
  • Project Market at Fifth PittsburghSize 16000 square feetCost  3.5 millionCompleted Apartments September 2009 Retail December 2009Certification LEEDNC GoldDeveloper Pittsburgh History and Landmark FoundationBuilder Sterling Contracting PittsburghArchitect LDA Architects PittsburghLEED Consultant evolveEA PittsburghEngineering mechanical electrical and plumbing Iams Consulting Pittsburgh

    Preservation Meets Conservation

    The Market at Fifth mixed-use renovation project accomplished a feat few others have: meeting the standards of the National Historic Register as well as those of LEED-NC.

     
  • Project Highland Stacks IndianapolisSize 4 units at 1600 square feet 1 unit at 2100 square feet 1 unit at 2250 square feetPrice 285000 to 350000Completed March 2009Certification NAHBGoldHERS Rating 68Builder Redevelopment Group IndianapolisArchitect Demerly Architects Indianapolis

    On the Rise

    Redevelopment Group's six row-style condos boast efficiency, healthy indoor air, and skyline views.

     
  • Moen is anticipating WaterSense certification for its ecoperformance showerheads which have a flow rate of 1.75 gpm.

    EPA Finalizes WaterSense for Showers

    Buyers could see certified products as early as mid-April.

     
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    National Green Building Conference Heads to Raleigh

    Annual event packed with special events, workshops, and networking opportunities.

     
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    EcoHome Opens the 2010 Hanley Award

    The Nominating Committee and Judging Panel have been named for the annual award for vision and leadership in sustainable housing.

     
  • This Pennsylvania home by RGB Custom Builders was the first to be certified Emerald under the National Green Building Standard. Features include geothermal a tight envelope and native materials.

    NAHB Phases Out Model Guidelines

    National Green Building Standard to be the sole system certified by the NAHB Research Center.

     
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    National Green Building Conference Workshop Schedule

    Workshops include green for remodeling and multifamily, lending and appraisals, marketing, and high-performance building.

     
  • Obama Unveils ‘Cash for Caulkers’ Rebates

    Under the proposal, homeowners could be eligible for up to $3,000 in rebates for purchases of efficient product upgrades or whole-house audits/retrofits.

     
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    Chaotic License

    New product certification programs require close scrutiny.

     
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    Five-Point Tune-Up

    These five tune-up items will prompt improvements in the health, safety, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency of your homes.