Cream of the Crop – BuildingGreen’s Top 10 Products

From on January 07, 2009 in Green Remodeling

BuildingGreenOr, should that be Green of the crop? Each year, BuildingGreen picks their top 10 favorite green building products based on multiple environmental attributes. They recognize the most exciting products drawn from the GreenSpec Directory.

[digg-me]2008’s winners include 5 interior products, 3 energy saving products, rainwater storage, and a new compressed-earth masonry block. Out of the 200 new additions to the GreenSpec Directory this year, here are the top 10:

  1. Integrity Block

    Integrity Block This is a compacted-earth block used as a cost-competitive replacement for concrete masonry units. It consists of 60% pre-consumer recycled content and it uses 40% less energy to produce.

    Green Benefits

    • Pre-consumer recycled content
    • Natural or minimally processed
    • Releases minimal pollutants

  2. Safe ‘N Sound Emerald Doors

    Safe N Sound Emerald Doors

    Solid-core interior doors made by Masonite; they have wheat-straw particleboard cores, skins made from composite wood, and stiles and rails made from solid wood certified according to Forest Stewardship Council standards. They not only reduce sound transmission, they also contain zero added urea-formaldehyde.

    Green Benefits

    • Agricultural waste material
    • FSC – certified wood
    • Rapidly renewable

  3. PlybooPure Bamboo Flooring

    This is the first FSC-certified and formaldehyde-free bamboo flooring ever produced and we can thank Smith & Fong for making it happen. The flooring is also made with low-emitting, non-formaldehyde polyisocyanurate binder. It comes either flat or vertical grained in a natural or amber color. And, it comes unfinished or pre-finished with aluminum oxide. The company also offers a range in trim moldings.

    Green Benefits

    • Releases minimal pollutants
    • Uses rapidly renewable materials
    • Certified wood

  4. Natura Paint

    Natura

    Zero-VOC paint and primers by Benjamin Moore. The paint is spatter resistant and dries quickly with little odor. Natura contains a proprietary 100% acrylic resin and, while most zero-VOC paints use colorants containing as much as 150 grams per liter of VOCs, Natura uses Benjamin Moore’s own Gennex zero-VOC colorants.

    Green Benefits

    • Releases minimal pollutants

  5. PolyWhey Floor Finish

    PolyWhey

    This transparent finish, from Vermont Natural Coatings, is produced from a byproduct of cheese making. It’s a waterborne wood finish that uses recycled whey protein as a binder. Low odor coatings contain no toxic heavy metals and have a VOC level less than 180 g/L.

    Green Benefits

    • Agricultural waste material
    • Pre-consumer recycled content
    • Releases minimal pollutants
    • Rapidly renewable

  6. Natural Fiber Fabrics

    O Ecotextiles

    O Ecotextiles makes a diverse and luxurious collection of premium organic textiles from 100% organic cotton or other sustainably grown fibers. They’ve virtually eliminated a wide range of hazardous substances typically found in the textile industry, and produce wastewater that’s safe for aquatic life.

    Green Benefits

    • Releases minimal pollutants
    • Alternative to hazardous components
    • Rapidly renewable
    • Reduces pollution or waste from operations

  7. Matrix Total Home System

    Matrix Total Home SystemThis integrated appliance is made by NTI and is a combination heating, water heating, and heat-recovery ventilation system. Apparently this appliance is capable of reducing gas consumption by 30%. It is capable of delivering five gallons of hot water per minute without a tank or standby energy loss and it achieved a premium designation for the highest efficiency.

    Green Benefits

    • Conserves energy and manages loads
    • Blocks introduction, development, or spread of indoor contaminants

  8. SunCache Solar Water Heating System

    This low-cost solar water heating system is made by Harpiris Energy and uses a roof-mounted, water-filled, unpressurized, polyethylene panel and copper heat exchanger to pre-heat water. It captures heat in 50 gallons of non-circulating water stored in a rooftop panel. No pumps are used, it’s easy to install, and it’s affordable.

    Green Benefits

    • Renewable energy and fuel cells

  9. Resource Monitor

    AgileWaves

    Agilewaves Resource Monitor offers real-time data on electricity, gas, and water consumption. You can access the system via the Internet to monitor data from circuits, room, water lines, and appliances. According to the company, this gizmo can help reduce energy, gas, and water consumption by up to 20%.

    Green Benefits

    • Equipment that conserves energy and manages loads
    • Fixtures and equipment that conserves water

  10. Rainwater HOG Tanks

    RainWater Hog

    If you live in Utah, Washington, or Colorado, rain harvesting is illegal, but for all you other folks the HOG makes perfect sense. It’s a modular storage tank for use in tight spaces like under decks or against houses. The tank holds 50 gallons of water that can be used for gardening, irrigation, toilets, laundry, or with the food-grade tank, potable water.

    Green Benefits

    • Pre-consumer recycled content
    • Renewable energy and fuel cells
    • Fixtures and equipment that conserve water
    • Reduce pollution or waste from operations