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Products - November 2006

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RoofRoc Synthetic Slate looks and feels like natural slate, but it's made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) recycled from post-consumer sources and limestone. As in real slate, the black, gray, green, or brown tiles vary slightly in color, but they weigh two-thirds less. Four separate profiles give the natural, random look of quarried slate. RoofRoc provides a 50-year warranty on this Class A fire-rated product. RoofRoc Canada Ltd.; Pitt Meadows, B.C., Canada. www.roofroc.com; Phone:877-465-5177

Baltix Furniture
Baltix Sustainable Furniture is made with materials such as sunflower seed hulls, wheat straw, and recycled plastics and paper, with no toxic binders, finishes, or added formaldehyde. The competitively priced workstations, tables, seating, and accessories-including bookshelves, files, cabinets, and partitions-are available in UV-cured acrylic clear coat or Marmoleum linoleum in a wide range of colors. Frames are constructed from anodized aluminum (minimum 75 percent pre-consumer recycled content), with a VOC-free powder-coat option. Not only will Baltix accept its products back at the end of their useful lives, the company will pay 10 percent over the market recycling rate for the aluminum parts. Baltix Sustainable Furniture; Long Meadow, Minn. www.baltix.com; phone: 763-210-0155

Earthtex wall coverings are a high-performance alternative to PVC materials, providing the durability and ease of maintenance that hospitality, health-care, and corporate facilities require. The understated patterns are woven with solution-dyed polypropylene and thermoplastic olefin (TPO) monofilament yarns that contain no heavy metals or plasticizers, and are made with 44 to 50 percent post-consumer waste. The 54-inch rolls are available in five patterns in a number of muted colors. DesignTex; New York. www.dtex.com; phone 800-221-1540

DayStar Skylight
High-performance commercial skylights from DayStar Skylight Systems can save money and energy-as much as 50 percent-through reduced electric lighting demand. At the same time, daylighting boosts facility value and occupant morale, resulting in higher productivity, improved sales in retail settings, and better performance in schools. These skylights have clear acrylic outer domes with inner lenses that minimize winter heat loss and summer heat gain, along with well-insulated, highly reflective light shafts. Ceiling lenses include full-spectrum or soft white. DayStar offers complete packages with nearly 150 standard curb styles and sizes, and will manufacture to custom specifications. DayStar Skylight Systems; Arthur, Ill. www.classicpressroom.com/daystar/; phone: 866-7-DAYSTAR

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MODI Porous Paving Grid
The modular, reversible MODI Porous Paving Grid from Green with 100% recycled HDPE from pre- and post-consumer sources; it can be used to create parking, driving, and nonslip walking surfaces on lawns or sand bases, or to create gravel or grass surfaces such as fire lanes. The flexible grid parts, which may be shaped with a saw or grinding disc, were designed to be reused, and can be individually removed to accommodate changing use patterns. The system comes in a dark green color; light grey or light beige are available on request. Green Innovations, Ltd.; Toronto, ON, Canada.
www.greeninnovations.ca; phone 416-725-7524 or toll-free 888-725-7524.

EcoWork Furniture
Ecowork is a line of freestanding, organically designed office furniture made from 95 percent recycled or rapidly renewable materials, including post-consumer automobile tires, cardboard, waste paper (Homasote), and Greenboard MDF made with FSC-certified pine or agricultural waste. Low-VOC adhesives, paints, and finishes are also used. The flexible systems of modular furnishings are shipped flat, then site-assembled into partitions, workstations, bookshelves, tables, and printer stands. Ecowork; North Bonneville, Wash. www.ecowork.com; phone: 509-427-4100

AVX400 Turbine
Drawing on its experiences in multidisciplinary aerodynamic projects since the 1970s, AeroVironment turned its energies to finding a viable wind power alternative for urban settings. The company discovered that wind intensifies as it crests wide buildings and moves over roofs, and designed the AVX400 wind turbine to take advantage of that. The 400-watt turbines are installed in a row on a building's parapet and tilted slightly downward into the rising wind, which improves performance. The blades are designed to turn at low speeds, dramatically reducing noise and vibration. AV Inc.; Monrovia, Calif. www.avinc.com; phone: 626-357-9983

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