Green Products

Green Products

A compilation of green products, ideas, and best practices for residential builders and remodelers.



Green building: a vital selling tool for builders

Green building: a vital selling tool for builders

Features
November 25, 2012

More than half of builders believe that green/high-performance features help them sell new homes, according to a survey of Professional Builder readers.

Path to Zero: Tips for building net-zero energy homes

Path to Zero: Tips for building net-zero energy homes

Features
November 18, 2012

Building scientists and leading home builders offer tips and techniques for designing and building 'market-rate' net-zero energy homes.

News
October 15, 2012

Oak Ridge National Laboratory released findings from field tests of a roof and attic system that aims to improve the energy efficiency of residential buildings.

News
October 03, 2012

The International Living Future Institute announced the launch of Delcare, an ingredients label for building products. Declare acts as a “nutrition label,” by providing manufacturers and specifiers of building materials with a list of the product’s components. 

solar thermal heating roof

solar thermal heating roof

News
September 28, 2012

A solar thermal heating system by Swedish company SolTech looks a lot like the curved clay or concrete tiles that might normally adorn a roof. The tiles are made of ordinary transparent glass, allowing the sun to shine through onto the absorbing surface underneath

USGBC, Home Depot, LEED for Homes, green building products, database

USGBC, Home Depot, LEED for Homes, green building products, database

News
March 07, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with The Home Depot, has launched an online green home products database.

Meritage builds ‘deconstructed’ home to demonstrate green features

Meritage builds ‘deconstructed’ home to demonstrate green features

News
February 27, 2011

Home-building giant Meritage Homes cut the ribbon last month on its first high-performance, green community in the San Antonio area. To help educate potential buyers on the green homes, Meritage built a demonstration home that “literally peels back the walls and ceilings to showcase its energy-saving features,” according to the company.

7 best practices for building affordable green homes

7 best practices for building affordable green homes

Features
February 20, 2011

Going green doesn’t have to cost more. Experts at the NAHB Research Center have identified design and construction tactics that builders have used to minimize the cost premium for green.

9 innovations from the Greenbuild show

Owens Corning is taking its tried-and-true EcoTouch fiberglass insulation line to a new level of green with the introduction of

Features
January 01, 2011
HZ Product of the Week: American Standard's siphonic, dual-flush toilet
Features
December 27, 2010

American Standard has debuted the industry’s first truly siphonic, dual-flush toilet, which utilizes the company’s PowerWash technology to provide a strong, yet quiet, push and pull action to scour the bowl with every flush.

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