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Products - January 2013

GreenSource's partners, BuildingGreen, Inc, announced the annual Top 10 Green Building Products during the 2012 Greenbuild convention in San Francisco. The list predicts the coming year's top products. If you have an interesting product to showcase, please contact our products editor, Brent Ehrlich, at greensource-products@buildinggreen.com.

Haiku Fans
Many ceiling fans are inefficient, loud, and unattractive. Haiku ceiling fans have brushless, electronically commutated DC motors for increased energy efficiency. Designed for both residential and commercial applications, the fans use 2 to 30 watts, significantly exceeding Energy Star requirements. The elegant 60-inch-diameter blades are made from either an advanced composite material in black or white, or hand-finished, laminated bamboo in caramel (shown) or cocoa. The fans come with an LED display and remote control, and can spin in reverse.

LEED value
• EAp2: Minimum Energy PerformanceDesign & Construction
• EAc1: Optimize Energy PerformanceDesign & Construction
• EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
• EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
• EAc1.3: Optimize Energy PerformanceHVAC

Big Ass Fans
Lexington, KY

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LoE-i89 glazing
LoE-i89 glazing uses a sputtered iridium-tin-oxide hard coat that can be installed on exposed surfaces of insulating glass units (IGU s). This process allows two low-E coatings to be used on a double-glazed IGU, enabling a double-glazed window to achieve a level of performance that was previously attainable only with triple glazing (a unit U-factor as low as 0.20 is possible). The coating can also be used for glazing applications where solar gain is desired.

LEED value
• EAc1: Optimize Energy PerformanceDesign & Construction

Cardinal Glass Industries
Eden Prairie, MN

[ Reader Service 102]

Proglaze ETA
Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assemblies is a complete system comprising sealants, membranes, primers, and flashings (from Tremco) and insulation and sheathings (from other manufacturers) designed to bridge between windows or other wall openings and sheet membranes in the field of the assembly. The system is constructed to last 50 to 100 years. Tremco works with design firms to install its products and offers an industry-first warranty.

LEED value
• EAp2: Minimum Energy PerformanceDesign & Construction
• EAc1: Optimize Energy PerformanceDesign & Construction

Beachwood, OH

[ Reader Service 103]
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Atlas Block CMU
The CarbonCure Block System takes CO2 supplied from local industrial sources and injects it directly into concrete masonry units (CMUs) during production. The process lowers the carbon footprint of CMUs while improving their strength, speeding their curing process, and reducing their portland-cement content. The CarbonCure system is now being offered in CMUs from Atlas Block. This is the first system/product to sequester CO2 without requiring a dramatic change in the manufacturing process.

LEED value
• MRc4: Recycled Content

Atlas Block with CarbonCure Technologies
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Irrigation Controller
Cyber Rain systems use local weather data along with plant, sprinkler, soil, slope, and sun-exposure data to calculate evapotranspiration (ET) and provide just the right amount of water to maintain plants health. The controllers are linked to cloud-based software and can be accessed remotely for real-time adjustments. They can also be used with flow meters that detect breaks in the system, send email alerts, and even close the valves.

LEED value
• WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping

Cyber Rain
Encino, CA

[ Reader Service 105]

Hybrid Heater
GEs newly redesigned 50-gallon GeoSpring water heater has an energy factor of 2.35 in hybrid mode and has a first-hour rating of 63 gallons. It offers four operating modes, ranging from all-electric-resistance (using two 4,500-watt elements) to all-heat-pump operation. Among stand-alone heat-pump water heaters, the GE GeoSpring is the quietest, at just 55 dB (though this is still noisier than most refrigerators). The product carries a limited 10-year warranty.

LEED value
• EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance

GE Appliances
Louisville, KY

[ Reader Service 106]

Cork Insulation
This insulation is 100% natural cork that has been steam-heated under pressure, expanding the cork granules and activating a natural binder, suberin, that holds the boards together. Amorim uses no additional chemicals, most of its forests are FSC-certified, and its facilities are FSC chain-of-custody certified. The durable material insulates to R-3.6 per inch, offers acoustic control, has moderate vapor permeability, and meets fire-safety requirements.

LEED value
• EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
• MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
• MRc7: Certified Wood

Amorim Isolamentos
Mozelos, Portugal

[ Reader Service 107]

WUFI software
WUFI (for Wrme und Feuchte Instationr, or Transient Heat and Moisture) is a family of PC-based software tools developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany and Oak Ridge National Lab in the U.S. The software calculates heat and moisture transfer in multilayer building components exposed to various climate conditions and has been used in the development of smart vapor retarders. WUFI helps to assess the performance of roof or wall assemblies; estimate the drying time of masonry with trapped moisture; and predict the impact of repairs.

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics
Valley, Germany

[ Reader Service 108]

XSP Streetlight
Crees XSP Series LED street and area light incorporates Cree LED light engines and BetaLEDs NanoOptic Precision Delivery Grid optics to deliver 100 lumens per watt of either 4,000K or 5,700K light. The affordable XSP has a payback of as little as three years, is compatible with dimming drivers and lighting controls, and has a five-year warranty.

LEED value
• SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
• EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
• EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
• EAc1.1: Optimize Energy PerformanceLighting Power
• MRc4: Sustainable PurchasingReduced Mercury in Lamps

Durham, NC

[ Reader Service 109]

Reclaimed wood
Viridian processes FSC-certified reclaimed wood to create flooring, tabletops, paneling, and other products. The reclaimed wood includes European beech, oak, spruce, and pine from Russia, Jakarta Market Blend (a mix of Asian tropical hardwoods), and Douglas fir. All wood is heat-treated (no chemically treated wood is used) and kiln-dried. In any laminated or edge-jointed products, the company uses radio-frequency-cured PVA glues and finishes that meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.

LEED value
• MRc3: Materials Reuse

Viridian Reclaimed Wood
Portland, OR

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