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Energy Efficiency

  • Carrier. Featuring Greenspeed intelligence, the companys latest Infinity heat pump offers an industry-leading HSPF heating efficiency rating of up to 13 along with cooling efficiency up to 20 SEER. The units variable-speed scroll compressor provides consistent indoor temperatures while conserving energy. The line includes capacities from 2 to 5 tons. 800.227.7437. www.residential.carrier.com.

    High-Efficiency Heat Pump

    Carrier. Featuring Greenspeed intelligence, the company’s latest Infinity heat pump offers an industry-leading HSPF heating efficiency rating of up to 13 along with cooling efficiency up to 20 SEER.

     
  • Valspar. Valspar Plus is the first asthma- and allergy-friendly paint certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The company says the zero-VOC paint reduces airborne irritants during application and its antimicrobial factor reduces mold and mildew growth. Its available in thousands of colors with three sheen options. 800.845.9061. www.valsparpaint.com.

    Zero-VOC Paint

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

     
  • Energy Star Refrigerators

    Thermador. The Energy Star-qualified Freedom collection of refrigerators, freezers, and wine columns has been reengineered for 2012.

     
  • 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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    Non-Toxic Paints

    "Green" paints claimed to be free of VOCs, formaldehyde, toxins, and carcinogens.

     
  • Turning Japanese: Inax Eco-X Series Toilets

    Discharging all its water at once in a whirlpool effect beginning below the rim, Eco-X Series toilets clean the bowl from the top down.

     
  • Off the Rack: CertainTeed Apollo Solar Roofing System

    At just 12 pounds, these solar roofing modules don't require structural reinforcement and stilll resist wind uplift.

     
  • What I Like: Grace Vycor enV Fully Adhered Weather-Resistive Barrier

    Roller- or spray-applied, Vycor enV covers all seams and fasteners in sheathing and serves as a premeable vapor barrier while protecting homes against air and water intrusion.

     
  • Mixing It Up: Crossville Mixology Tile

    Recycled content in Mixology and all of the maker's other tile lines is now SCS-certified.

     
  • Put a Coat On: Kelly-Moore EnviroCoat Reflective 1545 Paint

    Reduce wall temperatures with this heat-reflective paint designed to reflect radiant heat.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
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