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Products - January 2012

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Moen Eco-Performance Showerheads
Many of Moen's Eco-Performance low-flow showerheads use 1.75 gallons per minute (gpm), below EPA's WaterSense 2.0 gpm standard. Like other low-flow fixtures, these showerheads reduce water consumption and the energy required to heat the water. Made for commercial use, the Eco-Performance line contains a variety of fixture designs, including models with full spray and massage settings, and come in colors including brushed or antique nickel, bronze, brass, chrome, pewter, and wrought iron.

• WE Credit 3: Water Use Reduction
• WE Prerequisite 1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction

Moen Inc.
Olmsted, OH

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Natural Paints
Unearthed Paints are made from white clay, reclaimed marble, cellulose fibers, and other natural ingredients. They contain no petrochemicals or VOCs and the company's Vega Paint even uses vegetable casein rather than milk casein, making it not only all-natural, but vegan, too. These paints can be tinted any combination of 23 mineral pigments. The company claims their Gecko paints are the most durable, but some products aren't water-resistant.

• MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
• IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting—Paints/Coatings
• IEQ Credit 3: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction

Unearthed Paints
Fort Collins, CO

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Bamboo Flooring with UV-Cured Finish
The bamboo for USFloors Natural Bamboo flooring is matured for six years, making it extremely hard. The bamboo flooring is finished with the company's proprietary Endura AR UV-cured aluminum-oxide finish. It's available in solid, strand, or engineered products and as a floating floor. The flooring comes in over 30 styles and stains. Natural Bamboo is Greenguard Children & Schools certified for low emissions and has a 5- to 15-year limited commercial warranty, depending on style.

• MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

USFloors, Inc.
Dalton, GA

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TPO Roofing Membranes
GAF's EverGuard and EverGuard Extremefor added heat and UV resistanceroofing membranes are made from single-ply TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), that does not contain antimicrobials or biocides. It contains 10% pre-consumer recycled content and has reinforced, fleece-back, and self-adhered options. EverGuard TPO comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors, including a white that has an initial solar reflectance index (SRI) of 94, well above LEED requirements of 78 for cool roofs.

• SS Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
• MR Credit 4: Recycled Content

GAF Materials Corp.
Wayne, NJ

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Porcelain Tile with Recycled Content
Crossville Inc. offers ceramic made from pre-consumer recycled content. Their EcoCycle tiles contain 40% recycled scrap generated during the manufacturing process of porcelain tiles, while the Main Street line is up to 20% recycled content, 4% of which comes from TOTO's manufacturing process and is verified by Scientific Certification Systems. Available in seven and five color choices, respectively, these tiles are recommended for countertops and interior floors and walls.

Crossville Inc.
Crossville, TN

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Polished Concrete
The FGS PermaShine System is a waterless concrete floor restoration system that grinds the concrete surface using a dry process to capture the dust. After grinding, a proprietary water-based, odorless, penetrating hardening and densifying solution is applied to renew and improve the concrete floor. The resulting finish requires minimal maintenance and no harsh chemicals. Available through L&M Construction Chemicals, the FGS PermaShine System has to be applied by certified, trained, and approved installers.

• MR Credit 1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof

Construction Chemicals, Inc.
Omaha, NE

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Low-VOC Exterior Enamel
American Formulating & Manufacturing (AFM) manufactures a number of coatings under its Safecoat brand, including the company's Exterior Satin Enamel. According to the company, this premium satin exterior paint can be used on wood, stucco, aluminum, vinyl, and fully cured concrete. It has a VOC content of only 17 g/l and does not contain any ammonia, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, mildewcides, or fungicides. As with any exterior paint, proper surface preparation is critical for long-term performance.

• SS Credit 2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
• MR Credit 3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions

American Formulating & Manufacturing
San Diego, CA

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Zero-VOC Interior Latex
PPG has updated its Speedhide line of interior latex paints to include a zero-VOC formula, Speedhide Zero. These paints are formulated especially for professional contractors, yet they now meet California's Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Master Painter Institute's X-Green standards for both emissions and performance. It can be used on drywall, masonry, wood, plaster, and even metal surfaces and is available in primer, eggshell, flat, and semi-gloss finishes. Note that the addition of colorants may boost VOC levels.

• IEQ Credit 3: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
• IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings

PPG Architectural Finishes
Pittsburgh, PA

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Recycled Latex Paint
Recycling latex paint saves materials and keeps it out of the environment. The paint has to be sorted and processed properly to ensure its safety and performance, but in the right application, it can be a great option for those on a tight budget. Metro recycled latex paint, produced in Portland, Oregon, offers a line of paints certified by the Master Painters Institute (MPI) and Green Seal for performance and low emissions. It's available in a variety of colors, but exact matches cannot be guaranteed.

• MR Credit 4: Recycled Content

Metro Recycled Paint
Portland, OR

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Commercial Polyurethane Floor Finishes
Durability is the key to any commercial wood-floor finish, and Harco's two-part waterborne polyurethanes are designed specifically for demanding, high-traffic commercial applications. Harco's Elite has the hardness and chemical resistance of moisture-cure polyurethane without the toxins, according to the company, with VOC levels of 270 g/l with the added hardener. They're available in gloss, semi-gloss, and satin finishes. To ensure performance these finishes should only be applied by trained professionals.

• IEQ Credit 3: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
• IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings

Harco Chemical Coatings, Inc.
N. Brunswick, NJ

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