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Energy Efficiency

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

    Bamboo Decking

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Low-E Window Film

    Instead of replacing a sound single-pane window, consider adding Solar Gard Silver AG 50 Low-E Window Film.

     
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    American Hydrotech GardNet

    A garden-roof-system component made of 0.5"-inch-thick polyethylene sheet.

     
  • Brighter Fan Lights

    Broan and NuTone recently announced that they've improved the lighting for their Ultra Silent Ventilation Fans With Lights.

     
  • Low-Noise Fan

    A new player has jumped into the high-end bath-fan market. Delta Products Corp. says Breez Ventilation Fans have ball-bearing-equipped DC brushless motors and 67-fin impellers for ultra-quiet energy-efficient operation.

     
  • Lightweight Green Pavers

    Vast's Composite Pavers are made almost entirely from recycled materials - mostly scrap tires and plastic bottles - and weigh one-third as much as traditional brick or concrete.

     
 
 
 
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