Sustainable Building: Today and Tomorrow

While “Building Green”  has been the buzz word for years it has unfortunately been co-opted and used on products and services that in some cases have the opposite  meaning from which “Green” was intended. We prefer the term sustainability which refers to products, procedures and systems that benefit both the environment and out clients.
In our minds a product is sustainable when it provides a value to the homeowner as well as the eco-system we all share. Below are a few  products that meet the test of our standards. Feel free to call us, stop by our office, or have us come by to evaluate your needs, and how sustainability makes common sense.

GE Hybrid Water Heater

The new GE® Hybrid Water Heater is the first water heater to be ENERGY STAR® rated and the first to be listed on the U.S. Department of Energy‘s website. This new energy efficient heat pump electric water heater can reduce energy expenses up to 62%, saving as much as $320 annually on energy bills.

If you’re looking to save even more energy and lower cost of operation consider a domestic solar hot water system.

Executive Cabinetry

Ecofriendly Cabinetry is committed to advancing products that affect energy conservation, air quality, creating healthier homes through renewable solid wood materials with formaldehyde-free adhesives and waterborne finishes.

  • 3/4″ PureBond plywood with formaldehyde-free adhesives
  • Uses no solvent based stains or coatings
  • Waterborne stains and paints
  • Cabinetry emits 0% formaldehyde
  • Cabinetry emits 0% VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Cabinetry emits 0% HAPs (Hazardous Air Pollutants)
  • Formaldehyde-free adhesives on all particle board and MDF
  • Qualifies for up to 9 LEED certification points in credit categories IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) and MR (Materials Resources)
  • Qualifies for up to 24 NAHB Green Building Standard points
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified manufacturer
  • Certified Environmental Stewardship Program manufacturer by KCMA
  • Member U.S. Green Building Council

Benjamin Moore’s Green Promise® Products

Benjamin Moore continues to grow its portfolio of Green Promise® products, which includes Aura, high–performance low–VOC paint; Natura Zero-VOC interior paint, which is considered one of the greenest and safest paints available in the residential market. The Green Promise® designation is Benjamin Moore’s assurance that its environmentally friendly coatings meet and exceed the strictest industry standards, while also delivering the premium levels of performance and color you would expect from Benjamin Moore. But how did they get to be so green? The reason is the combination of both the base paint and the colorant. In addition to Aura and Natura, the Green Promise line also includes Aura Bath & Spa, Waterborne Ceiling Paint and ben.

Brizo Faucets and Showers

Brizo®, the luxury brand of Delta Faucet Company (DFC), brings eco-friendly elegance into the home with a line of products that are both environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing. Showcased at the 2009 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, the new Brizo green platform includes a range of water-efficient products with luxurious and sustainable design. Many Brizo lavatory faucets, such as the Vesi® Channel and Vesi Curve design, flow at 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 60 pounds per square inch (psi), saving approximately 30% of water. In the kitchen you’ll find many product lines featuring its new SmartTouch technology, which allows the user to turn the water on and off with just a tap anywhere on the spout or handle. The faucet’s hands-free functionality allows users to easily wash hands, dishes or food without ever touching the faucet. With this new technology, homeowners are able to conserve water and energy by activating water only when needed, saving an average of 0.3 gallons of water per minute.

Georgia-Pacific Premier Dens® Interior Gypsum Panel Products

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC has once again raised the standard of excellence in the building products industry, as two of its premier Dens™ interior gypsum panel products have passed the industry’s most stringent mold resistance test. DensArmor Plus® High-Performance Interior Panel* and DensShield® Tile Backer each passed the 12-week test, conducted in accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency. No other gypsum products manufacturer has announced test results showing zero mold growth for 12 full weeks for any product. “These results confirm what we have long known — that our Dens products lead the industry in mold and moisture resistance performance,” said Kendall Clark, Research & Development Program Manager, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. “Architects and builders can take comfort in the fact that the mold-resistant properties of Dens products save time and money during construction, and also ensure the sustainability of structures.”

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

James Hardie’s USA Fiber Cement business manufactures a range of building materials for external and internal cladding and lining applications. Products include, HardiePlank® Lap Siding with ColorPlus® Technology, HardiePanel® Vertical Siding, HardieShingle® Siding, HardieSoffit® Panels and HardieBacker® Ceramic Tile Backerboard. The HardiePlank® lap siding remains it most popular brand of siding because of its strength, beauty and durability. Now its comes with the HardieZone® System, which offers siding with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where your home is being built.

LG Steam Washer

The LG SteamWasher WM3001HWA uses at least 50 percent less water and energy than current ENERGY STAR® requirements. The washer also exceeds 2011 requirements for energy use by at least 35 percent and water consumption by at least 40 percent. It features the Ultra-Capacity SteamWasher™ features the Allergiene® cycle, which removes over 95% of common household allergens; the Wash/Rinse Optimizer®, which automatically senses water hardness and detergent level, adjusting cycle length to maximize efficiency.

Lutron’s Eco-Home Products

Lutron Electronics launches the eco-home line of products – making it easier than ever for consumers to save energy while adding ambiance to their home.

Composed of the following products, the eco-home line helps homeowners reduce their energy consumption to conserve both natural and financial resources.

  • eco-dim® guarantees at least 15% energy savings, compared to standard switches.
  • eco-minder® LEDs turn from red to green when you are saving 15% or more energy.
  • The Maestro® dimmer with Occupancy / Vacancy sensor saves energy by automatically turning off the lights when no one is in the room.
  • The Maestro® eco-timer saves energy by automatically turning the fan or lights off after a set period of time

Check periodically for updates on the latest technology and links to sites that will help you choose the right products for your home or condominium.

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