Top Ten Building Products of 2011

February 2, 2012

Last year, Dawn Killough shared Sustainable Industries’ “Top Ten Green Building Products” with you, our readers. This year, it is my privilege to do the same.

2011 marked Sustainable Industries’ sixth annual competition where more than 100 entries were received and evaluated. The requirements to make the top ten list are environmental performance, scalability/market impact, innovativeness, design aesthetic, plus value and compatibility with LEED.

The top ten were:

  1. Adura Wireless Lighting Contols
  2. Breathe Living Wall
  3. Greensulate
  4. HydroRight Dual Flush Converter
  5. Indow Windows
  6. Juice Bar
  7. Mobile Solar Power Systems
  8. Modlet
  9. SageGlass
  10. SmartSlope Living Retaining Wall

Adura Wireless Lighting Controls is designed by Adura Technologies and is a secure wireless lighting control that lowers electricity use and costs.

Breathe Living Wall by DIRTT

Breathe Living Wall is a product from DIRTT and is a simple wall system that incorporates living plants into its design.

Greensulate is green insulation produced by Ecovative Design. This is a grown structural material which thrives on waste products & plastic bi-products.

HydroRight Dual Flush Converter was invented by MSJI Inc. It is a converter system used to change standard, in-stalled toilets into having dual flush capabilities. There is a quick flush for liquid and paper waste which uses 70 percent less water than a standard flush. The dual side is the full flush for solid waste.

Indow Windows from Indow Windows are thermal window inserts that act as double-paned windows do, limiting hot/cold air transfer, but are much more cost efficient.

The next two on the top ten list are questionable as building products but are definitely innovative, green materials.

They are Juice Bar by Green Garage Associates and Mobile Solar Power Systems by Pure Power Distribution. Juice Bar is an electric vehicle charging station and Mobile Solar Power Systems are mobile solar generators for job sites.

Modlet designed by ThinkEco is an outlet that automatically turns appliances off when you are not using them, allowing you to monitor and manage your power consumption more thoroughly.


SageGlass by Sage Electrochomics

SageGlass from Sage Electrochromics is electronically tintable glass to reduce glare and the use of shades/blinds but allowing natural light into a space.

SmartSlope Living Retaining Wall is Furbish Company’s awarded product. It is similar to the Breathe Living Wall only for use on site not interior spaces.

SmartSlope Living Retaining Wall by Furbish Company

With all of the great green advances being made in the design industries it is exciting to revisit last year’s list and to learn what products were deemed the best building products of 2011. It is also exciting to see what will come forth to claim the title this year.

Resources: Furbish Company, SAGE Electrochromics, ThinkEco Inc., Pure Power Distribution, Green Garage Associates, Indow Windows, MJSI Inc., Ecovative Design, DIRTT, Adura Technologies, Green Building Elements, and Sustainable Industries




Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.