Sustainable Industries’Top 10 Green Building Products of 2009
Edited by Jodi Summers
Not to be outdone by other trends, Sustainable Industries magazine hasmade their choices
for the 2009 Top 10 Green Building Products. These industry-leading green building products
winners were selectedbya panel of expert judges and the Sustainable Industries editorial team
based on theirenvironmental performance, scalability/market impact, innovation,design
aesthetic, value and compatibility with the U.S. Green BuildingCouncil’s Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) ratingsystem.
The 2009 Top 10 Green Building Product winners are:
The Acadia is not just another heating and cooling system. It maintains200 percent efficiency even when outdoor temperatures drop well belowzero..should global climate change ever affect us that severely. Acadia users can save upto 70 percent of their home heating energy costs.
Requiring no chemicals, ec-H2O uses tap water to clean most any surface ofmost any substance. Each machine reduces water usage by 70 to 80 percent,and the potential of 245 million gallons of water each year if it wereinstalled in all new floor-cleaning machines.
Made by ATAS International
This simple technology uses the power of the sun toheat outdoor air before sending it indoors, thereby slashing energy usewhile boosting indoor air quality. Depending on what kind of heating fuelis being replaced, this product can reduce heating costs by up to $5 foreach square foot of InSpire Wall installed.
kama EEBS Structural Systems
Made by kama Energy Efficient Building Systems Inc.
kama EEBS Structural Systems integrate light gauge metal stud framingsystem with expanded polystyrene insulation in a proprietary design thateliminates thermal bridging and helps to create a tight, energy-efficientbuilding envelope.
PlybooPure Bamboo Plywood
Made by Smith & Fong Co.
Because it’s technically a grass, bamboo had not previously been eligiblefor FSC certification. But in January 2008, after two years of lobbying,Smith & Fong achieved this first that propelled it to recognition on thisyear’s Top 10 list.
Made by GLI Systems Inc.
This product received more Top 10 nominations than any other product thisyear. RainTube is a rain gutter filter made of 100 percent post-consumerhigh-density polyethylene – old milk jugs, in other words. This product isalso Cradle to Cradle-certified, meaning that GLI Systems Inc had todevelop a Post-Use Recovery Plan that goes out with every product.
Made by Separett
This urine-diverting composting toilet – which is 100 percent PVC fee –uses no water and keeps solids separate from liquids, reducing odor andmaking it possible to reuse waste and urine for composting andfertilizing. The Separett Villa can be deployed where no plumbing exists,allowing for a greater reach of the technology.
Made by Serious Materials
Serious Windows are so efficient they have the potential to allow for theelimination of a building’s heating system, allowing waste heat frombuilding appliances to serve as the main heat source in some applications.The windows have a full-frame R value of at least five and up to 11, whichcan cut a building’s energy bills by up to 50 percent per month.
Solatube Daylighting Systems
Made by Solatube International
This patented technology catches direct sunlight and redirects it down anadjustable-length tube, bringing daylight to parts of buildings that wouldnot otherwise have access to natural light. The Vista, Calif.-based companyrecently launched a product specifically designed for commercialapplications, making it ideal for large-roofed warehouses andmanufacturing facilities, as well as retail stores and schools – allplaces that have been shown to benefit from increased daylight, asdaylight is linked to higher worker productivity, decreased absenteeismand better retail sales.
Your Old Light Fixture
Made by Eleek
Eleek is the only business to make the Top 10 Green Building Products listall four years. Though not a product, Eleek’s lighting restoration servicespeaks to the important concept of the re-use of existing goods. WhenEleek restores a light fixture, every piece of a fixture is taken apart,repaired and restored to its original splendor. Its wiring is updated tocomply with modern codes and standards and a new lamp base is installed soit works with energy-efficient lamps such as CFLs and LEDs.
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