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Products - BuildingGreen Top 10 Eco-Picks

GreenSource magazine’s partners, BuildingGreen LLC, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory, announced their Top 10 Products at Greenbuild conference in Phoenix, November 2009
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Pozzotive Plus CMUs and Concrete Brick

Pozzotive Plus CMUs and Concrete Brick
These CMUs and concrete facing brick are manufactured using up to 30 percent post-consumer recycled glass as a portland cement substitute, and an average of 50 percent post-consumer recycled masonry aggregrate from local sources in the Northeast. According to the manufacturer, compared to conventional CMUs and brick, they require less energy to produce, are stronger, and have greater moisture and chemical resistance.

What Makes This Product Green?
>>Exceptional durability or low maintenance
>>Post-consumer recycled content
>>Reduce impacts from construction or demolition
>>Reduce material use (structure-as-finish)

LEED Credit Relevance:
>>MR Credit 4: Recycled Content

Kingston Block & Masonry Supply, LLC; New Rochelle, NY. 914-633-3393; www.kingstonblock.com
CIRCLE 101

Pentadyne GTX Flywheel Energy Storage

Pentadyne GTX Flywheel Energy Storage
Pentadyne’s GTX flywheel is a short-duration energy storage product used to replace lead-acid batteries in uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems for data centers, healthcare, manufacturing, and other commercial applications. Utilizing a graphite-composite flywheel magnetically levitated in an argon-filled, vacuum-sealed unit, it stores kinetic energy when the normal power supply is disrupted and before a backup generator starts or power is restored. These units can obviate the need for lead-acid batteries (which have a wide range of life-cycle problems), and will operate over a much wider set of climate conditions to reduce HVAC energy.

What Makes This Product Green?
>>Reduced material use
>>Exceptional durability or low maintenance
>>Equipment that conserves energy or manages loads
>>Alternative to hazardous components
>>Reduce pollution or waste from operations

Pentadyne Power Corporation; Chatsworth, CA. 818-350-0370; www.pentadyne.com
CIRCLE 102

Convia Energy-Management Infrastructure

Convia Energy-Management Infrastructure
The product of a partnership between Convia (a Herman Miller company) and wiring production leader Wiremold, Convia Energy Management Infrastructure is a modular energy-management platform that integrates lighting, switches, occupancy sensors, timers, and other devices and links them to sophisticated controls and dashboards to monitor and adjust a building’s overall energy performance. Convia’s infrastructure uses plug-and-play components that can be linked together to form large zones, or pre-set to specific levels as needed. A radio-frequency “wand” allows individualized control from a workstation.

What Makes This Product Green?
>>Equipment that conserves energy and manages loads

LEED Credit Relevance:
>>EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
>>Commercial Interiors EA Credit 1.2: Optimize Energy Performance— Lighting Controls
>>EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning
>>EA Credit 5: Measurement and Verification
>>EQ Credit 6.1: Controllability of Systems (Lighting)

Convia; Buffalo Grove, IL. 847-876-6917; www.convia.com
CIRCLE 103

Silva Cell Subsurface Tree Protection and Stormwater System
Silva Cell Subsurface Tree Protection and Stormwater System

Silva Cell Subsurface Tree Protection and Stormwater System
The Silva Cell is a modular system that holds soil for tree growth and stormwater management while supporting paved surfaces. Growing trees in urban areas can reduce the urban heat-island effect, pollution, and flooding, while replenishing oxygen and connecting inhabitants to the natural environment. This system creates a void space that holds 10 cubic feet of soil per unit, protecting tree roots from compaction and providing room for stormwater infiltration and surrounding utilities.

What Makes This Product Green?
>>Building components that reduce heating and cooling loads
>>Pre-consumer recycled content
>>Noise control

LEED Credit Relevance:
>>EA Prerequisite 1: Minimum
>>Energy Performance
>>EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
>>MR Credit 4: Recycled Content

Deep Root Partners, LP; San Francisco, CA. 415-781-9700, 800-458-7668; www.deeproot.com
CIRCLE 104

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Rheem HP-50 Heat-Pump Water Heater

Rheem HP-50 Heat-Pump Water Heater
Intended for residential use, this Energy Star-listed heat-pump water heater features an integral 50-gallon tank. While not the highest-efficiency heat-pump water heater on the market, it is the first relatively affordable, integral storage offering from a large national company to enter the North American market. It is also the market’s quietest (rated at 49 dB), and has the longest warranty.

What Makes This Product Green?
>>Equipment that conserves energy and manages loads

LEED Credit Relevance:
>>EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
>>EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

Rheem Manufacturing Company; Montgomery, AL. 334-260-1500; www.rheem.com
CIRCLE 105

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