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Products - November 2011

GreenSource Magazine's partners, BuildingGreen, Inc, announced its tenth annual Top 10 Green Building Products during the 2011 Greenbuild convention in Toronto. The list recognizes the past year's most exciting products. If you have an interesting product to showcase, please contact our products editor, Brent Ehrlich, at greensource-products@buildinggreen.com.

Edited by Brent Ehrlich

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Philips EnduraLEDs
The first Energy-Star qualified LED, EnduraLED A19, replaces the 60-watt incandescent light bulb. Turned off, it has a unique yellow appearance due to the phosphors used; turned on, the yellow becomes a warm-white light with a 2700 K color temperature. This bulb is currently available in a 12.5-watt version with a color rendering index (CRI) of 80. It's fully dimmable, has an average lifespan of 25,000 hours, and comes with a three-year limited warranty. Philips also makes 40- and 75-watt incandescent-equivalent bulbs.

• EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
• EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

Philips Lighting
Somerset, NJ

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PVC-Free Flooring
The Lifeline series of resilient flooring, manufactured by the Finnish company Uponor and distributed in the U.S. by Altro Floors as the CS Line, is made for heavy-traffic commercial spaces but contains no PVC, plasticizers, phthalates, halogens (including chlorine or bromine), or heavy metals. Made primarily from limestone along with an ethylene/methacrylic acid copolymer thermoplastic resin binder, Lifeline has an ionomeric wear layer, similar to a golf-ball cover, that is resistant to a wide variety of chemicals and requires minimal maintenance. It is available in sheet form and in a variety of colors and patterns.

• IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials--Flooring Systems

Altro Floors
Wilmington, MA

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Ductless Heat Pumps, Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
Mitsubishi Electric's split-ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air-source heat pump systems are comprised of outdoor condensers, controllers, and interior air-handling units supplied by refrigerant lines carrying ozone-safe R-410a refrigerant. The systems significantly outperform older, unitary heat pumps. Some models are available with wireless controls and Mitsubishi's "Hyper-Heating Inverter" (H2i) technology, allowing operation at outside temperatures as low as -13F (-25C). For multifamily applications, VRF systems can be configured with "tenant billing" that allows a single outside unit to serve up to 50 zones, with total electricity consumption apportioned for separate billing to tenants.

• EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
• EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling Heating
Suwanee, GA

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Solar Thermal System
Ritter XL Solar combines three technologiesevacuated tubes, compound parabolic reflectors, and water as a heat-transfer fluidto create large-scale compound parabolic concentrating (CPC) solar thermal systems for use in applications with high hot-water demand. The systems use Ritter's sophisticated Aqua controller to provide hot water year round.

• EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
• EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
• EA Credit 2: On-Site Renewable Energy

Regasol USA
Stroudsburg, PA

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CI-Girt Rainscreen System
This product is a commercial rainscreen framing system that installs over rigid board insulation to create a continuous insulation system in steel-framed buildings. Conventional rainscreen systems are attached to a building's steel frame using metal clips. The CI-Girt system, however, is screwed directly through the insulation into the steel framereducing installation time and thermal bridging.

• EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
• EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

Knight Wall Systems
Deer Park, WA

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