Kitchen & Bath
Green Cabinets. The cabinet boxes in Crystal
Cabinet Works' Green-Core line are made from either 100 percent
recycled exterior-grade particleboard or plywood containing a
soy-based resin. Doors and drawer fronts are produced in Lyptus
(a plantation-grown eucalyptus from South America) or bamboo.
The collection includes an island unit in carbonized bamboo
(shown) that sells for about $3,500. Crystal Cabinet
Keep Dry. Broan's Ultra Silent series bathroom
fans take over when homeowners forget. The company says the
units turn on or off automatically based on humidity levels.
Sensitivity and run times are adjustable and can be overridden
with a wall switch. Noise ratings on some models are less than
0.3 sones. Fans list for between $267 and $435.
Shower Lamp. Progress' 6-inch polycarbonate
shower light uses either 26-watt or 32-watt triple-tube compact
fluorescents. Its Firebox recessed mounting system (left)
provides a fire rating of up to one hour (where required)
without any additional caulk, joint tape, or gaskets. The
fixture (right) costs $35; the mounting system, about $170.
Progress Lighting, 864/599-6000,