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Conrad Natural-Fiber Window Coverings

Conrad Natural-Fiber Window Coverings

Providing handwoven window coverings made from natural fibers since 1956, Conrad offers over 100 designs for contemporary and traditional interiors. Rapidly renewable, sustainably grown and harvested materials such as flax, hemp, bamboo-shoot skin, and arrowroot fibers filter sunlight while preserving outside views. Cotton, muslin, or polyester liners can be incorporated for additional heat and light control. Roman-fold shades, drapery and cornices, sliding panel shades, and an outdoor collection are available. All adhesives are VOC-free; composite wood, where used, is urea-formaldehyde-free; and flame retardants are not used unless specified. Conrad Imports Inc.; 600 Townsend St. Ste. 400W, San Francisco, CA. www.conradshades.com;
415-626-3303, 866-426-6723.

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Millenia Retaining-Wall Units

Millenia Retaining-Wall Units

Millenia’s lightweight retaining-wall blocks are designed for use in place of concrete blocks. Made from 100 percent pre-consumer-recycled HDPE and polypropylene, the system consists of a holding cell for crushed-stone fill secured to a rigid frame. The face and caps look like natural stone. Millenia has had third-party life-cycle assessment completed showing substantial benefits compared with concrete retaining walls. SC100 is a 5.5-lb., one-square-foot unit designed for contractors and larger applications; SC50 is a 2.5-lb., half-square-foot unit designed for landscapers and smaller applications. Millenia adheres to National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) standards. Millenia Wall Solutions; 7201 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. www.milleniawalls.com; 952-843-4085.

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Pro Industrial 0 VOC Acrylic Paint

Pro Industrial 0 VOC Acrylic Paint

For interior, exterior, commercial or industrial applications, Pro Industrial 0 VOC is a low-odor, zero-VOC, HAPs-free, single-component acrylic gloss or semi-gloss coating. It can be brushed or sprayed for a durable, chemical-resistant finish with high early-moisture resistance. Suitable for use in USDA-inspected facilities and direct-to-metal applications, it’s available in all colors—including safety red, yellow, and black package colors. A gallon covers from 140–225 square feet. The Sherwin-Williams Company; 101 Prospect Ave. NW, Cleveland, OH.
www.sherwin-williams.com; 216-566-2000,

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AirTap Heat-Pump Water Heater

AirTap Heat-Pump Water Heater

The AirTap air-source heat pump retrofits onto a standard tank water heater (electric or gas) using standard fittings. The water heater’s normal heating element is either turned off or set to a lower temperature. The 18- by 14- by 13-inch, 48-lb. heat pump has an efficiency of 240 percent—more than double that of an electric water heater, reducing energy consumption by about 2.5 times. The 7,000 Btu/hour output provides a first-hour rating of 42.5 gallons with a maximum water temperature of 135 degrees F (57° C), with a 2.11 energy factor. It uses the HCFC refrigerant, R-22. Airgenerate; 5726 Clarewood Dr., Houston, TX. www.airgenerate.com;
713-574-6729, 866-903-8835.

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The Freshaire Choice

The Freshaire Choice

Once the color is added, most no-VOC paints aren’t anything near being no-VOC. The Freshaire Choice interior paints from ICI, on the other hand, come in 65 earth-influenced colors that are really and truly VOC-free. In fact, this is the first residential tinted paint to be certified to the stringent GreenGuard Children & Schools standard. It’s available in flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss, and, as it happens, only at Home Depot. ICI Paints; 15885 W. Sprague Road, Strongsville, OH. www.freshairechoice.com; 216-344-8000,

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Safe ‘N Sound Emerald Doors

Safe 'N Sound Emerald Doors

These solid-core molded-panel interior doors from Masonite have cores made with rapidly renewable wheat straw, are sheathed in an engineered composite made with FSC-certified, pre-consumer recycled wood, and have no added urea-formaldehyde anywhere (including the low-VOC adhesives and binders). They conform to CA 01350’s IAQ requirements, reduce noise transmission over hollow-core doors, and have the heft and feel of solid wood (yet are lighter than particleboard-core doors). Masonite International Corporation; One N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Ste. 950, Tampa, FL. www.masonite.com; 813-877-2726, 800-895-2723.

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Fluidics Low-Flow Showerheads

Fluidics Low-Flow Showerheads

Alsons offers water-efficient showerheads in their Fluidics 653 and 655 Series. Unlike vacuum systems that bring in air, Fluidics technology uses an internal mechanism to control the shape and velocity of the water droplets—increasing heat retention and delivering a powerful spray. The 653 and 655 achieve 1.75 gpm and 1.60 gpm, respectively—well below the federal standard of 2.5 gpm—saving up to 36 percent on water and reducing energy consumption. Fluidics showerheads are made of ABS plastic and acetal parts, feature a brass ball connector, and come in either chrome or satin-nickel finish. Alsons; 3010 W. Mechanic St., P.O. Box 282, Hillsdale, MI. www.alsons.com; 517-439-1411, 800-421-0001.

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