Materials Sustainable Industries Top 10 Green Building Products Guide

Published on July 19th, 2010 | by Dawn Killough

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Top Ten Green Building Products of 2010

Sustainable Industries Top 10 Green Building Products GuideSustainable Industries Magazine recently published its fifth consecutive “Top 10 Green Building Products Guide.”  Products were judged on four categories: LEED compatibility, environmental performance, value and innovativeness, and design aesthetic.  Here is a run-down of the products that made the list for 2010.

1. AQUS Greywater System by Sloan Valve Co. – A small-scale water re-use system that takes bathroom sink greywater, cleans it, and then uses it, along with some freshwater if necessary, to flush the toilet.  According to the company, it can save 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of water per year.  Not bad for a $400 investment!

2. Acrovyn 4000 by Construction Specialties Inc. – This wall protection product was selected for what it does not contain: no PVC plastic, no PBTs, no BPA, and no halogenated fire retardants.  It has been certified Cradle-to-Cradle Silver.

3. Control4 Energy Management System by Control4 Energy – This system, including hardware and software, allows home owners to have better control over their energy use.  The five-inch touch screen allows owners to adjust their energy use, as well as sending data to their utility provider assisting with demand response and energy efficiency programs.

4. Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard by QA Graphics – This interface allows a building owner to show real-time energy and water use, green building features, and LEED checklists through an interactive media such as a touchscreen kiosk.  This will come in handy for green building owners who want to show how much of a difference they are making.

5. Energy Recovery Ventilator by Building Performance Equipment – These little units save quite a bit of energy on heating and cooling by pre-conditioning incoming outside air using the temperature of the outgoing conditioned air.  They simply install in-line with the existing ductwork, and do not require additional structural supports.

6. Second Glass – Broken windshields are repurposed into walls, dividers, shower enclosures, and more.

7. Solatube Daylighting Systems by Solatube International – If you haven’t seen these small-but-powerful skylights, you are missing out!  Instead of large-scale windows being installed in the roof, creating structural issues, small domes are installed with an adjustable tube leading down to the ceiling.  This allows natural sunlight to travel through attic spaces and even whole floors, and retrofits are a breeze!

8. Strand Poplar Flooring by EcoTimber – Waste from the Chinese furniture and paper industries are cold-pressed into a dense rock that is made into flooring.  According to the manufacturer, it is quite durable, as they offer a lifetime warranty.

9. Ultimate Pervious Pavement by Evolution Paving Resources – Pervious pavement reduces stormwater runoff and recharges the groundwater, and can save a project money in sewer costs.  Ultimate Pervious Pavement has 18 to 23 percent voids in the structure, allowing stormwater to easily run through.

10. Warmboard by Warmboard Inc. – Anyone who has stepped on a cold tile floor with bare feet will appreciate this product.  What makes this hydronic heating system different from the rest is the low water temperature required.  Methods such as solar, ground source heat pumps, and fuel cells easily supply the heat needed.

Download a copy of the “Top 10 Green Building Products 2010,” including 3D models of all the products, from Sustainable Industries.

Cover courtesy of Sustainable Industries.

GOV. MARTINEZ NOMINATES RETTA WARD AS SECRETARY OF AGING AND LONG-TERM SERVICES

US Fed News Service, Including US State News January 28, 2011 SANTA FE, N.

M., Jan. 28 — Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.

M., issued the following press release:

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has nominated Retta Ward to serve as Secretary of Aging and Long-Term Services. Ward has a background in public health services and education and is currently a biology teacher and administrator in Cave Creek, AZ. website cave creek az

After making the announcement, Governor Martinez said, “Ms. Ward is a dedicated public servant who will help me fulfill my commitment to New Mexico’s seniors and disabled citizens. Her skills as a leader and educator will be essential to providing a better quality of life for the elderly and individuals living with a disability. Ms. Ward’s diverse record of service has given her the right tools to take on this challenge.” Ward’s work experience includes time spent as an educator and health services professional. She previously managed the Arthritis Program for the Arizona Department of Health Services. Prior to that, she served as a health educator for Albuquerque Public Schools. She currently teaches advanced biology courses and chairs the Science Department at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, AZ.

In response to her nomination, Ward said, “I am honored that Governor Martinez has asked me to join her mission to help provide better services and a higher quality of life for New Mexico’s elderly and disabled. I look forward to working with the Governor to make New Mexico a better place to live for all of its citizens.” For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com Scott Darnellm, 505/819-1398, scott.darnell@state.nm.us. see here cave creek az




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Dawn has over 15 years experience in the construction industry. She has been a LEED AP since 2006, and is also a Certified Green Building Advisor. Dawn has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon. She is currently working as a Contract Administrator at Rich Duncan Construction in Salem.



  • summerofkris

    While it's a nice idea in theory, the government requires toilets to only use 1.6gal/flush. Sure, you are saving something, but there are other products out there which recycle greywater for landscape irrigation, which provides much greater savings. Did you know that on average 30% of residential water use goes to outdoor irrigation? If you're going to do greywater recycling that's the way to go. The AQUS system may be cheaper, but it's impact is a fraction of other systems. Heck, do both! If you're gonna do greywater, research on other systems out there. Oh yeah, but don't just shop on price; there are some cheap systems out there (not SLOAN – they tend to have quality stuff) – you pay for what you get.

  • summerofkris

    While it's a nice idea in theory, the government requires toilets to only use 1.6gal/flush. Sure, you are saving something, but there are other products out there which recycle greywater for landscape irrigation, which provides much greater savings. Did you know that on average 30% of residential water use goes to outdoor irrigation? If you're going to do greywater recycling that's the way to go. The AQUS system may be cheaper, but it's impact is a fraction of other systems. Heck, do both! If you're gonna do greywater, research on other systems out there. Oh yeah, but don't just shop on price; there are some cheap systems out there (not SLOAN – they tend to have quality stuff) – you pay for what you get.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/treehuggercons treehuggerconsulting

    Thanks for the great information! What you say is true. I know here in rainy Oregon, capturing rainwater to be used for landscaping is really catching on (though it doesn't help much during the summer, when it really doesn't rain all the time!). You are correct that irrigation uses more water than toilets. What is the first thing to be rationed during a drought? Washing cars and watering the lawn.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/treehuggercons treehuggerconsulting

    Thanks for the great information! What you say is true. I know here in rainy Oregon, capturing rainwater to be used for landscaping is really catching on (though it doesn't help much during the summer, when it really doesn't rain all the time!). You are correct that irrigation uses more water than toilets. What is the first thing to be rationed during a drought? Washing cars and watering the lawn.

  • http://CreteDefender.com Keith deBolt

    This is a fabulous website, and I just stumbled on it by accident! Green products and technologies have GOT to take hold, and this site is more than doing its part.

    I am working with a product that I feel is very relevant in the green technology category. It is a permanent concrete sealer that is applied only once, is bio degradeable, eco-friendly and FDA approved.

    This sealer actually penetrates the concrete and hardens and densifies it, while restoring the ph back to the original level.

    Green benefits, I think, include:
    No toxic chemical use as in many other 'sealer' products
    Much longer lasting concrete, resulting in less landfill
    Absolutely no threat to the environment surrounding the concrete, unlike many other sealers

    We are proud of our product, and I would invite you to take a look at our website: http://CreteDefender.com and give some feedback if you were so inclined…

    Thank you and again- love the site you have here!

  • http://CreteDefender.com Keith deBolt

    This is a fabulous website, and I just stumbled on it by accident! Green products and technologies have GOT to take hold, and this site is more than doing its part.

    I am working with a product that I feel is very relevant in the green technology category. It is a permanent concrete sealer that is applied only once, is bio degradeable, eco-friendly and FDA approved.

    This sealer actually penetrates the concrete and hardens and densifies it, while restoring the ph back to the original level.

    Green benefits, I think, include:
    No toxic chemical use as in many other 'sealer' products
    Much longer lasting concrete, resulting in less landfill
    Absolutely no threat to the environment surrounding the concrete, unlike many other sealers

    We are proud of our product, and I would invite you to take a look at our website: http://CreteDefender.com and give some feedback if you were so inclined…

    Thank you and again- love the site you have here!

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    Thank you for all of the hard work on this web site.

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