The proliferation of green building materials can make it tough to choose the right ones for your home. BuildingGreen makes this a little easier each year with its Top 10 Green Building Products list. This year’s selection includes a diverse range of products, from decking to toilets, that save energy and are made from healthy, nontoxic materials. Most of the products are from BuildingGreen’s GreenSpec directory, which contains more than 2,200 listings. Some 180 new products were added in the last year.
Nyloboard's NyloDeck is made from recycled carpet fiber and water-blown VOC-free polyurethane binder. Photo Courtesy Nyloboard.
For 2010, BuildingGreen selected these 10 products as the best.
1. Nyloboard NyloDeck composite decking
This made-in-the-USA composite decking is made from pre-consumer recycled carpet fiber and water-blown VOC-free polyurethane binder. The company will switch to 100 percent post-consumer carpet fibers in early 2011.
2. Pittsburgh Corning Foamglas insulation
This durable, efficient cellular glass insulation is free of flame retardants and other chemical additives.
3. Arnold Glas Ornilux bird-safe glass
A special glazing on this insulated, low-E glass reflects UV light, making it more visible to birds and decreasing bird fatalities.
4. Knoll FSC-certified office furniture
Last December, Knoll began offering Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood without asking, at no surcharge, for its wide range of office furniture.
5. Bensonwood OBPlusWall System
This extremely efficient wall system, made from salvaged materials and post-consumer recycled content, reduces heating and cooling loads.
Bensonwood strives to minimize waste when designing and building homes. Photo Courtesy Bensonwood.
6. Niagara Conservation Corporation Stealth toilet
A vacuum-assist flushing mechanism allows this low-flow toilet to achieve a good flush with little noise.
7. Wilo variable-frequency-drive “smart” pumps
These ECO pumps, which can adapt to changing demands, can help conserve energy for a number of systems.
8. Halton Heat Recovery Unit
This exhaust and air unit for commercial kitchen ventilation offers substantial energy savings.
9. Xicato LED Spot Module
This LED module is designed for use in place of halogen lamps.
10. Electec EZ-Wiring and EZ-Cabling systems
This fast-connecting, halogen-free wiring and cabling system is made with no heavy metals or halogenated plastics.