• Traditional Faucets

    The Prince collection, which includes single-handle, two-handle center set, two-handle wide spread, and tub/shower faucets, is designed to complement traditional décor, says the manufacturer.

     
  • LED Downlights

    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, says the company.

     
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station

    The 120 Level 1 portable electric vehicle charger and 160 Level 2 home charging station are additions to the company’s line of Evr-Green charging systems and are compatible with all major automobile manufacturers, says the company.

     
  • ToughRock Gypsum Boards

    The improved 1/2-inch ToughRock gypsum boards are 25% lighter than the company’s traditional 1/2-inch wall and ceiling drywall products, says the manufacturer.

     
  • Energy Star-rated Ultra Silent Select-Air Ventilation Fan

    The Energy Star-rated Ultra Silent Select-Air ventilation fan (QTRE080C2S) can be customized with one- or two-function controls; its low setting produces a constant flow of 40 CFM while its boost setting offers 80 cfm for maximum ventilation.

     
  • 1.5-gpf Wall-Mount Faucet

    The improved 1/2-inch ToughRock gypsum boards are 25% lighter than the company’s traditional 1/2-inch wall and ceiling drywall products, says the manufacturer.

     
  • Caroma. With a nominal flow rate of 1.5 gpm at 80 psi, the Caroma Flow high-efficiency showerhead saves up to 10 gallons of water for a 10-minute shower versus a standard unit. A precision-engineered nozzle pressurizes water for a uniform, soft-but-powerful spray, the firm says. A slide spray adjustment provides wide to concentrated coverage. WaterSense certification is pending. 800.605.4218. www.caromausa.com.

    High-Efficiency Showerhead

    With a nominal flow rate of 1.5 gpm at 80 psi, the Caroma Flow high-efficiency showerhead saves up to 10 gallons of water for a 10-minute shower versus a standard unit.

     
  • Panasonic. WhisperControl humidity and temperature sensors anticipate condensation and automatically turn on the Panasonic ventilation fan. Unlike traditional sensors, which turn fans on in response to a rapid rise in humid air and therefore could cause them to switch on unnecessarily in certain climate zones, the maker says, this wall-mounted unit detects hot air and humidity based on dew point. The two models feature a blue LED light and come in white or almond. 800.211.7262. www.panasonic.com/ventfans.

    Panasonic Ventilation Fan

    WhisperControl humidity and temperature sensors anticipate condensation and automatically turn on the Panasonic ventilation fan.

     
  • CertainTeed.Landmark Solaris Gold, Landmark Solaris Platinum, and Presidential Solaris Shake (shown) offer the look of wood shake while providing 25%, 40%, and 25% solar reflectivity, respectively. All three lines are Energy Star qualified and meet the guidelines for the California Cool Roof Rating Council. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.

    Landmark Solaris

    Landmark Solaris Gold, Landmark Solaris Platinum, and Presidential Solaris Shake offer the look of wood shake while providing 25%, 40%, and 25% solar reflectivity, respectively.

     
  • Jeld-Wen. Douglas fir reclaimed from snow fencing, barns, houses, and factories can now be specified for the companys Custom Wood line of windows and doors for a one-of-a-kind, rustic look. Options include weathered, planed, and skip-planed finishes for doors and planed finishes for windows. 800.535.3936. www.jeld-wen.com.

    Custom Wood Windows and Doors

    Douglas fir reclaimed from snow fencing, barns, houses, and factories can now be specified for the company’s Custom Wood line of windows and doors for a one-of-a-kind, rustic look.

     
  • National Gypsum. GoldBond High Strength Lite gypsum board is 25% lighter than the companys traditional 1/2-inch high-strength panels. The product is certified to the Platinum level of UL Environments ISR 100 standard and also is Greenguard certified. 800.628.4662. www.nationalgypsum.com.

    Gypsum Board

    GoldBond High Strength Lite gypsum board is 25% lighter than the company’s traditional 1/2-inch high-strength panels.

     
  • Holland Pavers

    Not only is are the company’s Holland pavers made with 40% post-industrial recycled content, the product’s manufacturing process also emits 85% less carbon dioxide than the production of clay pavers and uses 85% less energy than the process for clay pavers and 50% less than the process for cement...

     
  • WhisperGreen-Lite

    The Energy Star-qualified WhisperGreen-Lite exhaust fan features a motion sensor, variable-speed controls, and a timer that makes possible both intermittent and continuous ventilation.

     
  • SRT window film

    SRT window film reduces the solar heat coming in to a home, maintaining the view while decreasing solar heat gain.

     
  • U.S. Sunlight. The Skylight Tube (model 2014ST) has a low-profile roof lens that looks like a typical skylight instead of a dome lens used by most solar tubes. The unit includes a durable outer polycarbonate lens with inner acrylic lens at the roof inlet, and a triple acrylic lens at the interior ceiling outlet. According to the firm, air gaps between each lens provide superior insulation and help the product achieve a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.20. The product is pending Energy Star. 866.446.0966. www.ussunlight.com.

    Skylight Tube

    The Skylight Tube (model 2014ST) has a low-profile roof lens that looks like a typical skylight instead of a dome lens used by most solar tubes.

     
  • QMotion Shades

    Cordless and programmable, QMotion Shades are the first interior electronic window covering product of their kind, according to the manufacturer.

     
  • Clivus Greywater System

    Cordless and programmable, QMotion Shades are the first interior electronic window covering product of their kind, according to the manufacturer.

     
  • ITT Corp. The solar-powered RainPerfect pump for rain barrels provides pressure for a garden hose or low-pressure sprinklers without the need for an electrical hookup. The solar-rechargeable battery operates day or night and pumps up to 100 gallons on a single charge. The unit installs on or is adaptable to most styles of rain barrels. 914.641.2000. www.rainperfectpump.com.

    RainPerfect Pump

    The solar-powered RainPerfect pump for rain barrels provides pressure for a garden hose or low-pressure sprinklers without the need for an electrical hookup.

     
  • Name: Builder Concept Home 2011 / KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart, Windermere, Fla.Size: 2,667 square feetCost: About $140 per square footCompleted: October 2010Certifications: LEED-Platinum, Environments for Living Certified Green, WaterSense, Energy Star HERS rating: 0Builder and Architect: KB Home, Los AngelesInteriors and Merchandising: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, New York City

    Style & Substance

    Built by production giant KB Home and finished by lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, the Builder Concept Home 2011 is a model of how to build and sell green in today’s economy.

     
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    Urban Powerhouse

    A smart, exuburant design shows that homes can be net-zero, even in Chicago.

     
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    New + Notable

    20 products for green-built homes, including an electric-vehicle charging station, an energy management system, and insulated framing.

     
  • Solatube. The eChoice Daylighting System includes 10-inch- and 14-inch-diameter tubular skylights (models 160 DSe and 190 DSe), which offer 0.20 SHGC and 0.28 U-factor ratings that exceed Energy Star requirements. Highly polished rigid Infinity tubing extension lengths allow runs up to 30 feet including bends and angles to 90 degrees, with no degradation of performance. These systems can accommodate virtually any roof slope and covering, and interior lighting kits and electric dimmers are available. 888.765.2882. www.solatube.com.

    Let There Be Light

    Light penetration deep into a home can boost comfort, livability, and energy efficiency. Here are strategies to strike the right balance.

     
  • Beaulieu. Green Label Pluscertified Bliss Magic Fresh carpet is made with Stainmaster Luxerell BCF nylon and offers a rich, wool-like appearance and softness, the company says. It includes Xtralife and LotusFX stain and soil resistance technologies and Magic Fresh odor-reducing treatment. The frieze 46-ounce carpet comes in 30 colors. 800.227.7211. www.blissflooring.com.

    Tuft Choices

    Evaluating carpet for green-built homes requires looking beyond the surface--to the fibers, backings, treatments, adhesives, and padding.

     
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    Red Rock Oasis

    Blending with its spectacular surroundings, this practical NGBS-certified custom home provides shelter, comfort, and efficiency in the Utah desert.

     
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  • Case Study: Skinny Project Rowhouses, Philadelphia

    Leveraging its experience building a $100,000 LEED-Platinum home and a Passive House, developer Postgreen offers up three rowhouses that showcase modern design and energy efficiency, all within a price point for middle-class Philly buyers.

     
  • 2,000th Project Certified to National Green Building Standard

    Barry Andrews Homes’ Murphy’s Run community in Maryland reaches certification milestone.

     
  • Architecture 2030 Launches Building Product Carbon-Reduction Initiative

    Similar to the organization’s building performance improvement mission, the 2030 Challenge for Products will set benchmarks for reducing the carbon footprint of building materials by targeting greenhouse gas emissions resulting from manufacturing and transportation.

     
  • Street Smarts

    The walkable, historically inspired SchoolStreet development in Libertyville, will include 26 Front Porch Revival homes, including a show house designed by architect Sarah Susanka.