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  • 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.

     
  • CertainTeed. ProRoc drywall with M2Tech technology features a water-resistant core and moisture- and mold-resistant paper face. The product is Greenguard certified and is available in Type X panels. M2Tech is also available in the companys newest product, AirRenew, which absorbs formaldehyde and other aldehydes in the air and converts them into inert compounds that remain safely within the board. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com

    Moisture-Resistant Drywall From Certainteed

    CertainTeed. ProRoc drywall with M2Tech technology features a water-resistant core and moisture- and mold-resistant paper face. The product is Greenguard certified and is available in Type X panels. M2Tech is also available in the companys newest product, AirRenew, which absorbs formaldehyde and...

     
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    Recycled-Content, Lightweight Sheetrock From USG

    USG. Featuring a reformulated core and manufacturing process, Sheetrock UltraLight 1/2-inch panels are up to 30% lighter than competing wallboard, the company says, providing for more fuel-efficient shipping and easier handling on the jobsite. The panels carry ULs Environmental Claims Validation...

     
  • Lafarge. Mold Defense gypsum for interior wall and ceiling applications features a moisture-resistant core and treated paper facings on the front, back, and long edges. The product, which is made from synthetic gypsum, can be used as tile backer in dry applications or in areas where some moisture is expected, like bathrooms and laundry rooms. The wallboard is Greenguard certified. The company also offers a ready mix compound that does not generate dust. 800.237.5505. www.lafargenorthamerica.com.

    Moisture-Resistant Gypsum From Lafarge

    Lafarge. Mold Defense gypsum for interior wall and ceiling applications features a moisture-resistant core and treated paper facings on the front, back, and long edges. The product, which is made from synthetic gypsum, can be used as tile backer in dry applications or in areas where some...

     
  • Simpler Solar Panel Assemblies

    Cost and complexity are the two main reasons you don't see a photovoltaic array on every rooftop in America (except in Seattle).

     
  • Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. An alternative to paper-faced gypsum, DensArmor Plus features glass mat facings on both sides as well as a glass-fiber-reinforced core to resist moisture and mold and mildew growth. The product can replace traditional drywall throughout the home or be used in areas prone to moisture, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements. DensArmor Plus is Greenguard certified. 800.225.6119. www.gpgypsum.com.

    Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Wallboard From Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

    Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. An alternative to paper-faced gypsum, DensArmor Plus features glass mat facings on both sides as well as a glass-fiber-reinforced core to resist moisture and mold and mildew growth. The product can replace traditional drywall throughout the home or be used in areas prone to...

     
  • Temple-Inland. ComfortGuard Abuse-Resistant gypsum and ComfortGuard Impact-Resistant drywall include the companys TemShield mold protection system, which comprises a water- and mold-resistant core and facers. The AR product includes an extra-durable face paper to withstand scuffs and abrasions in high-traffic areas as well as an enhanced core density for extra strength and heat resistance. The IR board adds a special backing to keep impacts from penetrating the wall cavity, the maker says. The product is SCS certified for recycled content and is certified by MAS as a low-VOC-emitting material under the Collaborative for High-Performance Schools program. 800.231.6060. www.templeinland.com.

    SCS-Certified Drywall From Temple-Inland

    Temple-Inland. ComfortGuard Abuse-Resistant gypsum and ComfortGuard Impact-Resistant drywall include the companys TemShield mold protection system, which comprises a water- and mold-resistant core and facers. The AR product includes an extra-durable face paper to withstand scuffs and abrasions in...

     
  • Serious Materials. Made primarily from post-industrial waste and utilizing a natural drying process that avoids the energy required for calcining and oven-drying used in gypsum products, gypsum-free EcoRock contains 80% recycled material and requires 80% less energy to produce, says the company. The products fiberglass face and core materials resist mold without chemical treatment. It carries Greenguard and Cradle To Cradle Gold certifications and ULs Environmental Claims Validation. 800.797.8159. www.seriousmaterials.com.

    Recycled-Content, Mold-Resistant Wallboard From Serious Materials

    Serious Materials. Made primarily from post-industrial waste and utilizing a natural drying process that avoids the energy required for calcining and oven-drying used in gypsum products, gypsum-free EcoRock contains 80% recycled material and requires 80% less energy to produce, says the company...

     
  • Armstrong. Origins cabinets are crafted with PureBond urea-formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood using the ESP-certified companys Genuine Allwood all-plywood construction. The Origins option is available with most styles, including Calibra, shown here in Bordeaux and honey. 800.228.1804. www.armstrong.com.

    Formaldehyde-Free Hardwood Plywood Cabinets From Armstrong

    Armstrong. Origins cabinets are crafted with PureBond urea-formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood using the ESP-certified companys Genuine Allwood all-plywood construction. The Origins option is available with most styles, including Calibra, shown here in Bordeaux and honey. 800.228.1804...

     
  • Mobile Solar Systems. MS 100 solar-powered jobsite generators range from 9 kWh to 18 kWh of battery storage capacity, 0.95 kWh to 4.68 kWh production per day, and 1.1 kW to 3.5 kW of output power. The Wells Cargo trailers can be towed behind most four- or six-cylinder vehicles, and the products can include AC input or diesel and gasoline generator charging capability. 805.466.1006. www.mobilesolarpower.net.

    Solar-Powered Jobsite Generator From Mobile Solar Systems

    Mobile Solar Systems. MS 100 solar-powered jobsite generators range from 9 kWh to 18 kWh of battery storage capacity, 0.95 kWh to 4.68 kWh production per day, and 1.1 kW to 3.5 kW of output power. The Wells Cargo trailers can be towed behind most four- or six-cylinder vehicles, and the products...

     
  • HomerWood. Reclaimed Hardwood flooring is crafted from slow-growth Appalachian timber from deconstructed barns in Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The kiln-dried wood features character markings such as nail holes, cracks, and mineral streaks. It comes with the companys low-luster Oil Naturals finish. 814.827.3855. www.homerwood.com.

    Reclaimed Wood Flooring From HomerWood

    HomerWood. Reclaimed Hardwood flooring is crafted from slow-growth Appalachian timber from deconstructed barns in Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The kiln-dried wood features character markings such as nail holes, cracks, and mineral streaks. It comes with the companys low-luster Oil Naturals...

     
  • Rinnai. The RH360 solar reheat kit provides efficient, consistent tankless backup for solar water heating. Previous other solar tankless backup solutions fed the hot line from the solar tank directly to the tankless backup unit, which would heat water when the temperature started to drop, which could lead to temperature fluctuations, the firm says. The RH360 kicks in only when the water temperature in the solar storage tank drops below a pre-set point, drawing the coldest water from the bottom of the solar storage tank to the tankless unit and returning it to the top of the tank, helping to maintain consistent-temperature hot water delivery, the maker says; minimal tank mixing allows for optimization of solar gain, and the elimination of off-cycle thermal circulation decreases heat loss. 866.746.6241. www.rinnai.us.

    Solar Tankless Water Heating Backup From Rinnai

    Rinnai. The RH360 solar reheat kit provides efficient, consistent tankless backup for solar water heating. Previous other solar tankless backup solutions fed the hot line from the solar tank directly to the tankless backup unit, which would heat water when the temperature started to drop, which...

     
  • Legrand/Pass & Seymour. With pre-set dimming control, automatic lighting shutoff, and optional automatic lighting activation, the Dimming Multi-way Convertible Occupancy Sensor allows homeowners to maximize energy savings as well as lighting levels. Passive infrared technology distinguishes between a person and background space, shutting off when motion is no longer detected over a range from 15 seconds to 30 minutes. Dimming is controlled via a push-button switch. 877.295.3472. www.legrand.us.

    Smart Lighting Control From Legrand

    Legrand/Pass & Seymour. With pre-set dimming control, automatic lighting shutoff, and optional automatic lighting activation, the Dimming Multi-way Convertible Occupancy Sensor allows homeowners to maximize energy savings as well as lighting levels. Passive infrared technology distinguishes...

     
  • Fireclay Tile. Debris Series ceramic tile is made from local factory dust and California clay, giving it a recycled content of more than 60%, says the firm. The series includes 112 glaze colors and comes in sizes from 1 inch by 2 inches to 12 inches square. 408.275.1182. www.fireclaytile.com.

    Recycled-Content Tile From Fireclay Tile

    Fireclay Tile. Debris Series ceramic tile is made from local factory dust and California clay, giving it a recycled content of more than 60%, says the firm. The series includes 112 glaze colors and comes in sizes from 1 inch by 2 inches to 12 inches square. 408.275.1182. www.fireclaytile.com.

     
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    Structural Sheathing With Moisture Barrier From Drywood Products

    Drywood Products. Providing a structural sheathing with a laminated ice and water barrier, Drywood roof and wall panels eliminate the need for felt paper, ice and water shield, and an air infiltration barrier, says the firm. A seam tape provides moisture resistance at abutting edges, valleys...

     
  • LG Hausys. Large transparent chips in Hi-Macs Galaxy solid surfacing provide a shimmering effect reminiscent of space. The non-porous, Greenguard-certified surfacing comes in eight colors in 1/2-inch-thick sheets measuring 30 inches by 145 inches; custom lengths are available. 877.853.1805. www.lgsurfaces.com.

    Greenguard-Certified Solid Surfacing From LG Hausys

    LG Hausys. Large transparent chips in Hi-Macs Galaxy solid surfacing provide a shimmering effect reminiscent of space. The non-porous, Greenguard-certified surfacing comes in eight colors in 1/2-inch-thick sheets measuring 30 inches by 145 inches; custom lengths are available. 877.853.1805...

     
  • Bosch. The 800 Plus dishwasher uses as little as 1.5 gallons of water per cycle, 70% less than average dishwashers, and operates at an industry-leading 180 kWh per year, according to the company. The Energy Starrated unit includes a triple filtration system; an improved load sensor; a four-part leak protection system; and a flow-through water heater. Combining a noise-reducing brushless direct-current drain pump, improved insulation, and dosage assist to eliminate spray against the door, the unit achieves a sound rating of 40 dBA. 800.921.9622. www.boschappliances.com.

    Water-Saving Dishwasher From Bosch

    Bosch. The 800 Plus dishwasher uses as little as 1.5 gallons of water per cycle, 70% less than average dishwashers, and operates at an industry-leading 180 kWh per year, according to the company. The Energy Starrated unit includes a triple filtration system; an improved load sensor; a four-part...

     
  • Coulomb Technologies. Designed for residential and light commercial use, the CT500 Level II ChargePoint 7.2-kW vehicle charging station is compatible with electric cars that comply with the SAE J1772 plug-in electric vehicle charging standard. A card reader option is available to prevent energy theft. The compact unit is compatible with Levitons Evr-Green pre-wired mounting system, providing for simple plug-in installation. 408.841.4500. www.coulombtech.com.

    Vehicle Charging Station From Coulomb Technologies

    Coulomb Technologies. Designed for residential and light commercial use, the CT500 Level II ChargePoint 7.2-kW vehicle charging station is compatible with electric cars that comply with the SAE J1772 plug-in electric vehicle charging standard. A card reader option is available to prevent energy...

     
  • Dimmer for CFLs

    A lot of energy-conscious consumers are disappointed with the range and performance of dimmable CFLs. Leviton says its new Decora CFL Slide Dimmer can help.

     
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    Foam sealant; self-adhesive tile underlayment; geothermal heat pump; metal countertops; solar-powered exterior fixture; more

     
 
 
 
 
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