• M.D. Manufacturing. The SilentMaster vertical bag-type central vacuum boasts a patented noise-reduction system with total output under 62 decibels. The filtration system offers a proprietary, three-ply, disposable media that does not require venting, although optional venting is available. It has a large 12-gallon debris bucket. The line includes four motor sizes, from 458 to 905 air watts, for homes up to 20,000 square feet. It comes with a six-year warranty. 800.997.2278. www.builtinvacuum.com/silent_master.

    Central Vacuum System

    M.D. Manufacturing. The SilentMaster vertical bag-type central vacuum boasts a patented noise-reduction system with total output under 62 decibels.

     
  • Geothermal System

    Climatemaster. The Tranquility 22 Digital series geothermal system has one of the smallest footprints in the industry, making it ideal for retrofit projects or installation in tight spaces, the company says.

     
  • Solar Roofing System from Certainteed

    The Apollo solar roofing system for asphalt shingle roofs is made up of lightweight modules that use silicon solar cells to convert sunlight to electricity to generate up to 52 watts per module.

     
  • Brizo. Siderna collection faucets combine modern lines with a ribbon-like spout and machined glass and metal components. The WaterSense-certified lav faucets come in a single-handle, single-hole model; a two-handle wide-spread; and a two-handle wall-mount. The style also is available in wall- and ceiling-mount raincan showerheads and in three- and four-hole Roman tub faucets. Polished chrome and Brilliance brushed nickel finishes are available. 877.345.2749. www.brizo.com.

    WaterSense Faucets

    Brizo. Siderna collection faucets combine modern lines with a ribbon-like spout and machined glass and metal components.

     
  • Hurd. The companys new Ultra-R glass option with Heat Mirror technology utilizes film suspended in insulated glass to achieve R-values up to R-20 (when filled with krypton gas). The film, made by Southwall Insulating Glass, is coated with nanoscale metal particles that reflect heat back to its source and improve insulation, block UV rays, and reduce noise, the company says. The lightweight windows come with up to three sheets of virtually weightless film to create up to four super-insulating cavities. 800.433.4873. www.hurd.com.

    R-20 Windows

    Hurd. The company’s new Ultra-R glass option with Heat Mirror technology utilizes film suspended in insulated glass to achieve R-values up to R-20 (when filled with krypton gas).

     
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  • Noritz. The Energy Star-rated EcoTough Series NRC98 gas-fired residential condensing tankless on-demand water heater has an Energy Factor of 0.93 and operates with a maximum flow rate of 9.8 gpm and temperature settings from 100 degrees F to 140 degrees F. Featuring a commercial-grade heat exchanger, the unit is covered by a 12-year, 6,500-hour warranty. 866.766.7489. www.noritz.com.

    On-Demand Water Heater

    American Standard. The WaterSense-certified, dual-flush Boulevard toilet operates at 1.6 gpf for solids or 1.1 gpf for liquids, offering water savings of up to 20% compared to standard models, according to the company.

     
  • Reflective Insulation

    Reflectix. Reflective Insulation consists of two layers of 5/16-inch-thick polyethylene “bubble wrap” with a reflective foil layer bonded to one or both exterior faces.

     
  • Dual-Flush Toilet

    American Standard. The WaterSense-certified, dual-flush Boulevard toilet operates at 1.6 gpf for solids or 1.1 gpf for liquids, offering water savings of up to 20% compared to standard models, according to the company.

     
  • Central Vacuum System

    H-P Products. The Element central vacuum system’s dual-filtration design incorporates a first-stage cyclonic action to separate most dust and dirt from the air column, followed by a permanent, two-stage filter that never needs replacement to segregate fine dust particles.

     
  • New Certification Will Help Bring Passive House to the Mainstream

    A new rating for U.S. Passive House projects will help raise awareness of the benefits of the stringent building system.

     
  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

     
  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

     
  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

     
  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

     
  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

     
  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

     
  • Hurd. The companys new Ultra-R glass option with Heat Mirror technology utilizes film suspended in insulated glass to achieve R-values up to R-20 (when filled with krypton gas). The film, made by Southwall Insulating Glass, is coated with nanoscale metal particles that reflect heat back to its source and improve insulation, block UV rays, and reduce noise, the company says. The lightweight windows come with up to three sheets of virtually weightless film to create up to four super-insulating cavities. 800.433.4873. www.hurd.com.

    Ultra-R Glass

    Hurd. The company’s new Ultra-R glass option with Heat Mirror technology utilizes film suspended in insulated glass to achieve R-values up to R-20 (when filled with krypton gas).

     
  • GeoStar. The Cypress Series geothermal system provides forced-air heating and cooling and hydronic heating for radiant floors and features a desuperheater option for supplemental hot water. Available in 3-ton to 6-ton capacities, the Energy Star-rated models use EPA-approved R-410A refrigerant. www.geostar-geo.com.

    Cypress Series Geothermal System

    GeoStar. The Cypress Series geothermal system provides forced-air heating and cooling and hydronic heating for radiant floors and features a desuperheater option for supplemental hot water.

     
  • Miele. The Futura series of dishwashers exceed 2012 Energy Star requirements by 25% for water consumption, making them 35% more efficient than previous generations. Built-in sensors automatically adjust water temperature and drying times to save water and energy. Depending on the model, six to 16 programs manage washing anything from crystal and china to pots and pans. 800.843.7231. www.mieleusa.com.

    Futura Series Dishwasher

    Miele. The Futura series of dishwashers exceed 2012 Energy Star requirements by 25% for water consumption, making them 35% more efficient than previous generations.

     
  • Central Vacuum System

    Beam. The top-of-line Serenity IQS series comes with a 10-year warranty, a self-cleaning Gore-Tex fabric HEPA filter, optional outside venting, and an anti-microbial bucket to stop microbe growth between emptying.

     
  • Solid Surfacing

    DuPont. The Corian Terra collection of solid surfaces, made with recycled materials, now includes 33 colors; five colors have at least 20% pre-consumer recycled resin content as certified by SCS.

     
  • LED Downlights

    Imtra. The Sardinia and Cyprus 120-volt flush-mount LED downlights are designed to replace 120-volt, 35-watt halogen lights, providing equal light output and color temperature but with no radiated heat and less than one-third of the power consumption, the company says.

     
  • Brizo. Siderna collection faucets combine modern lines with a ribbon-like spout and machined glass and metal components. The WaterSense-certified lav faucets come in a single-handle, single-hole model; a two-handle wide-spread; and a two-handle wall-mount. The style also is available in wall- and ceiling-mount raincan showerheads and in three- and four-hole Roman tub faucets. Polished chrome and Brilliance brushed nickel finishes are available. 877.345.2749. www.brizo.com.

    Siderna Collection Faucets

     
  • A.O. Smith. The companys new 180,000-BTU condensing tankless water heaters offer continuous flow rates of up to 8 gallons per minute and use highly efficient condensing technology, which allows the units to operate with an Energy Factor of 0.91. The manufacturer says an easy-to-read built-in display shows temperature, diagnostics, and error messages. The Energy Starrated units are available in natural gas or propane as well as indoor and outdoor configurations. 800.527.1953. www.hotwater.com.

    Tankless Water Heater

     
  • Cali Bamboo. BamDeck composite bamboo decking is the only decking composed of 30% recycled bamboo fibers and 70% recycled plastics, the firm says. The product, which is termite-resistant and can qualify for LEED credits, is available in three colors: caramel, coffee, and slate. 888.788.2254. www.calibamboo.com.

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  • Study Shows Fewer Consumers Are Buying Green Products

    A new report shows that consumers who previously purchased green products have decreased their green purchasing as a result of the recession.

     
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    Product Review: Bite The Dust

    Central vacuum systems can remove dust and dirt more effectively than conventional vacuum cleaners, keeping the air and floors a lot cleaner.

     
  • A new generation of architects is finding a way to make prefabrication work in the new economy, often promoting its inherent sustainability.

    Modular Marvels

    Prefabrication is the oldest new trend in architecture.

     
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    New + Notable

    New products for green-built homes, including tankless water heaters, asthma and allergy-friendly paint, and a greywater system.

     
  • Team WaterShed's Solar Decathlon entry has a split-butterfly roof well-suited for capturing and using sunlight and rainwater. The two main parts of the house are connected by a third, smaller module that houses the bathroom. By reusing greywater on site for irrigation, the team estimates that the house will cut the amount of water sent to sewage treatment plants by half.

    Watershed Design

    University of Maryland's design harvests, recycles, and reuses water via built-in wetlands.

     
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    Case Study: A Good Neighbor in Minneapolis

    Modern NGBS-bronze apartment building fits in with its dignified surroundings.

     
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    Case Study: Starting Over in the Lower Ninth Ward

    The Make It Right Foundation seeks a better approach to creating sustainable neighborhoods in New Orleans.

     
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    In·no·vate [verb]

    Innovation is the fuel that keeps our engines running even in the midst of a lingering recession.

     
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    Net Zero Certification Program Launched

    The International Living Future Institute's certification program is focused on energy conservation and controlling carbon emissions.

     
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    USGBC Expands Materials and Resources Credits

    Revisions to the LEED rating system will place greater emphasis on Life Cycle Assessment.

     
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    Revolutionizing Masonry Products

    Silicon Valley-based CalStar is manufacturing bricks and pavers using a fraction of the energy typically required.

     
  • The EnduraLED A19

    Philips Lighting. The EnduraLED A19 is the first Energy Star–rated LED replacement for 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.

     
  • Kubix Ventilators

    Venmar Ventilation. Kubix heat- and energy-recovery ventilators are designed for condominiums and small homes up to about 1,000 square feet.

     
  • Tamper-Resistant Receptacle

    Cooper Wiring Devices. The company’s tamper-resistant receptacle with USB port is a convenient and energy-saving alternative to the adapters and computers required to charge many electronic devices.

     
  • Rainbird. The company now offers its weather-sensing technology in a simple-to-set SST model, featuring a user-friendly interface. The device tailors zone-by-zone watering schedules to the landscape and adjusts watering for changing weather conditions. A sensor communicates temperature and rainfall amounts; the SST also makes adjustments all year long based on the homes geographic area. 800.724.6247. www.rainbird.com.

    Irrigation Controllers to Get WaterSense Label

    The EPA will add the WaterSense label to units that monitor watering needs based on local weather data.

     
  • LED Bulb

    Philips Lighting. The EnduraLED A19 is the first Energy Star–rated LED replacement for 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.

     
  • PV System

    AllEarth Renewables. The AllSun Tracker combines PV collectors, inverters, and controls with a ground-mounted, dual-axis tracker that uses GPS to follow the sun across the sky, producing up to 45% more energy than a standard fixed system, the firm says.

     
  • Air Barrier

    Sto Corp. Designed to meet new, more stringent building codes, StoEnergy Guard combines a fluid-applied waterproof air barrier system with a drainage mat to create an energy-efficient breathable wall assembly behind any type of cladding.

     
  • Sarah Susanka Opens Not So Big Showhouse in Illinois

    The architect's latest project is designed to maximize livability.

     
  • Dow Launches Five-Year Home Efficiency Study

    The Michigan subdivision will gather whole-house performance data.

     
  • Programmable Thermostat

    The Slimline Platinum thermostat provides control of both temperature and humidity levels.

     
  • Greywater System

    Water Wise Group. The Aqua2use greywater system collects water from the shower, laundry, lavatory sinks, and bath and channels it through a four-stage filtration system into a 21-gallon tank to create water suitable for outdoor irrigation.

     
  • Low-VOC Finishes

    Vermont Natural Coatings. The company’s low-VOC wood finishes were developed in collaboration with the University of Vermont using whey protein, a byproduct of the dairy industry.

     
  • Case Study: Extreme Retrofit Project Honors the Past While Looking to the Future

    90-year-old home transformed into one of the most energy-efficient dwellings in Ontario.

     
  • Rubber Roofing Product

    Designed to replicate the look of traditional North American slate, EuroLite Slate is a thin, light rubber roofing product made from 75% recycled materials.

     
  • Basement Insulation System

    ArxxIt requires no additional vapor barrier and has embedded strips for easy attachment of interior finishes.

     
  • WaterSense-Certified Proficiency Ultra-High-Efficiency Toilet

    The WaterSense-certified Proficiency ultra-high-efficiency toilet uses just 0.8 gallon per flush to effectively evacuate both solid and liquid waste, consuming 37% less water than standard high-efficiency toilets.

     
  • Six Secrets to Building a LEED-Certified Community

    A production builder shares lessons learned from his first green development.

     
  • 4 Green Features Customers Want

    How to show clients that a sustainable home can save money and improve their lives.

     
  • CPVC water piping system

    Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. ReUze new CPVC water piping system provides a practical, easy-to-install system for non-potable water uses inside residential buildings, a technology that can contribute up to 10 LEED points.

     
  • Climate Shield system

    Mataverde Decking. The Climate Shield system provides architects and builders with the flexibility to install rain screen siding horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally.

     
  • Mixology metal tile line

    The Mixology metal tile line replicates cast metal sculptural pieces with a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content as certified by Scientific Certification Systems.

     
  • The Week in Green: Oct. 8-14

    A roundup of green building news including “ingredient labels” for building products and the growth of green construction jobs.

     
  • 10 Common Failures in LEED for Homes Projects

    Green rater's tips help building pros ace their final inspection.

     
  • Luxaire. Acclimate air conditioners are now available in 16 SEER/13 EER models with a new control board that communicates with all components in a home comfort system to provide maximum system efficiency. A full-service access panel provides easy access to internal components. The units are Energy Star qualified and use R-410A refrigerant. 877.958.9247. www.joinluxaire.com.

    Acclimate air conditioners

    Acclimate air conditioners are now available in 16 SEER/13 EER models with a new control board that communicates with all components in a home comfort system to provide maximum system efficiency.

     
  • Mitsubishi Electric. The companys line of split-ductless and ducted heat pumps now feature Honeywells RedLINK wireless HVAC protocol for easy zoned temperature control and greater energy savings. The systems portable central controller allows users to manage HVAC functions in up to 16 zones, allowing for heating and cooling of occupied rooms only. The wall-mounted controllers feature easy-to-read backlit displays and intuitive operational functions. 866.323.4822. www.mehvac.com.

    RedLINK Wireless HVAC Protocol

    The company’s line of split-ductless and ducted heat pumps now feature Honeywell’s RedLINK wireless HVAC protocol for easy zoned temperature control and greater energy savings.

     
  • Solar Decathlon Homes Showcase New Technologies

    Student-built projects demonstrate real world applications of cutting-edge products.

     
  • Maine Passive House Receives 2011 Project of the Year Award

    The LEED-Platinum GO Home has been named the USGBC’s LEED for Homes Project of the Year.

     
  • Greenbuild Audience Encouraged to Face Challenges With Innovation

    New York Times columnist challenges attendees to continue innovating despite the world’s “grim” political and economic environment.

     
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    EPA-certified Toba self-cleaning pellet stove

    The EPA-certified Toba self-cleaning pellet stove features a ComfortAir system that increases efficiency to 90%, the company says.

     
  • Timber Products. Designed for warmer climate locations, radiant barrier foil softwood plywood panels for roof construction can help reduce attic temperatures and contribute to lower utility costs. The pre-applied foil wrap on the 4x8 structural panels blocks 97% of radiant heat, the company says, reducing heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. The structural softwood panels are SFI certified; FSC-certified panels are also available. 800.547.9520. www.timberproducts.com.

    Softwood Plywood Panels

    Designed for warmer climate locations, radiant barrier foil softwood plywood panels for roof construction can help reduce attic temperatures and contribute to lower utility costs.

     
  • Arvis Eco. An alternative to pervious paving, the dRain Joint drainage channel system installs in a driveway or walkway like a standard expansion joint and provides an outlet for surface water to be directed to a drainage bed and collected and held or allowed to percolate back into the soil. The drain, which offers a flow rate of more than 2 gallons per minute per linear foot, is made with non-deteriorating aluminum alloy 6061. A filter layer captures sediment and can be removed for cleaning and reinstalled. 317.584.4040. www.arviseco.com.

    dRain Joint Drainage Channel System

    An alternative to pervious paving, the dRain Joint drainage channel system installs in a driveway or walkway like a standard expansion joint and provides an outlet for surface water to be directed to a drainage bed and collected and held or allowed to percolate back into the soil.

     
  • The Week in Green: Sept. 24-30

    A roundup of green building news including a cheaper LED bulb and the EPA’s new green products Website.

     
  • 2011 Greenbuild Product Preview

    Energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living to be showcased at Toronto event.

     
  • Zero-VOC Paint

    Valspar Plus is the first asthma- and allergy-friendly paint certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

     
  • Moen. New 1.5-gpf wall-mount faucet offerings for the bathroom provide versatility, extra counter space, and more room under the sink. The three modelsRothbury, Waterhill, and 90 Degree (pictured)are WaterSense certified, contribute to LEED points, and meet Californias Title 24 green building requirements. Finishes include chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze.  Each faucet is part of a full bath suite. 800.289.6636. www.moen.com.

    Wall-Mount Faucet

    Moen. New 1.5-gpf wall-mount faucet offerings for the bathroom provide versatility, extra counter space, and more room under the sink..

     
  • Mythic Paint. Mythic Pro non-toxic, zero-VOC, ultra-low-odor paint comes in an unlimited range of colors. The formulation offers superior coverage, excellent durability, and virtually no odor, the company says, and is available in 1- and 5-gallon pails. 888.714.9422. www.mythicpaint.com.

    Mythic Pro Non-toxic Paint

    Mythic Pro non-toxic, zero-VOC, ultra-low-odor paint comes in an unlimited range of colors.

     
  • The Week in Green: Sept. 17-23

    A roundup of green building news including the growth of the Passive House movement and Energy Star’s 25% market share for new homes.

     
  • For What It's Worth

    During appraisals, Idaho builder advocates for full value of green construction.

     
  • Case Study: Idaho Builder’s Green Cottage Stands Out in Recession

    Small company enhances its brand by building its first green house, rated NGBS-Silver, on spec.

     
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    Postgreen in Philly

    LEED-Platinum homes reboot Philadelphia's urban neighborhoods, and could serve as a model for other cities.

     
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    New + Notable

    New products for green-built homes, including an EPA-certified pellet stove, reclaimed oak vanities, and more.

     
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    Power Windows

    Photovoltaic glass units combine the energy efficiency of high-performance windows with the power-generating magic of PVs.

     
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    Reflections

    How to determine if radiant barriers can help you reach your energy performance goals.

     
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    In Sync

    From pre-construction meetings through each stage of coordinated construction, the team building this home integrated their efforts every step of the way.

     
  • The green Bryant residence in Alamance County, NC.

    Risks & Rewards

    A North Carolina home reads like a playbook for optimized building science techniques with the certifications to prove it.

     
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    Appraise This

    Appraisers knowledge about the value of green building features has failed to keep the progress of green builders.

     
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    Solar Leasing

    Builders discover that solar leasing allows them to offer buyers a low-up-front-cost entry to alternative energy.

     
  • Optimizing Foam Insulation

    Developing the proper spray foam insulation strategy can improve the performance of your homes.

     
  • Half-Day Tours Offered During Greenbuild

    Infill, high-rise, and multifamily projects to be featured.

     
  • Bamboo Decking

    BamDeck composite bamboo decking is the only decking composed of 30% recycled bamboo fibers and 70% recycled plastics and has twice the density and strength of other decks, says the firm.

     
  • WaterSense-Certified Showers

    Showcasing traditional sophistication, the Anystream Alexandria line includes a fixed shower, a hand-held shower, and three combination showers, all offered in polished chrome and brushed nickel.

     
  • LED Tape Lights

    An affordable option for LED under-, in-, and above-cabinet lighting, Connexx Tapelights with pre-fixed adhesive strips install in minutes with just a pair of scissors, the manufacturer says.

     
  • Feds Update Guidance on Fixing Homes With Tainted Drywall

    The government has released updated guidance for fixing homes with tainted drywall that damaged new homes' electrical equipment, corroded pipes, and led to health problems.

     
  • Cellulose Insulation

    Pest Control Insulation Systems. Insect resistant, sound-deadening, and environmentally friendly, TAP blown-in cellulose insulation is 32% more energy efficient than traditional insulation, the maker says.

     
  • Air Barrier System

    Sto Corp. Designed to meet new more stringent building codes, StoEnergy Guard combines a fluid-applied waterproof air barrier system with a drainage mat to create an energy-efficient breathable wall assembly behind any type of cladding.

     
  • Solar-Powered Attic Ventilator

    Pest Control Insulation Systems. Insect resistant, sound-deadening, and environmentally friendly, TAP blown-in cellulose insulation is 32% more energy efficient than traditional insulation, the maker says.

     
  • Webinars Offer Free Product Selection Advice

    15 educational sessions by industry leaders available on demand.

     
  • Custom Builder Taps Market for High-Performance, High-Tech Homes

    A Houston building firm offers an expandable home automation system standard on its LEED-Certified homes.

     
  • Case Study: Modest-Sized House Plan Offers Outsized Performance

    A North Carolina builder creates a smarter stock house plan.

     
  • The Week in Green: Sept. 3-9

    A roundup of green building news including the latest Consumer Reports issue on home energy savings and the 2012 New American home.

     
  • LEED for Homes and REGREEN Workshops Offered at Greenbuild

    Continuing education credits available

     
  • Case Study: LEED-Platinum Co-op Hits All the Right Notes

    Bronx building is the first multifamily project to receive a LEED Innovation point for Active Design.