Home Portfolio The wide-plank pre-finished Portfolio Strand floating floor collection is made with rapidly renewable bamboo, which is about 154 percent harder than red oak and 125 percent harder than North American maple. Each plank features slightly beveled edges and ends and a seven-coat aluminum oxide/polyurethane finish. Ten colors are available. Teragren. 800-929-6333. www.teragren.com.
Bam Bam A great material for interior flooring, bamboo is good for the outdoors, too. BamDeck is an 8-foot-long deck board that is dense, strong, and durable. The company says the product is comparable to ipe but is also rapidly renewable. Free of urea-formaldehyde glues, the boards feature a groove-and-groove hidden fastening system. Cali Bamboo. 888-788-2254. www.calibamboo.com.
Old Timers Reclaimed Heritage countertops are crafted with wood from old barns, factories, warehouses, textile mills, and other commercial buildings. The line includes heart pine, beech, chestnut, cypress, white oak, red oak, and red gum. 512.263.7625. Artisan Group. www.artisan-counters.com.
Joist the Thing The manufacturer's AllJoist engineered wood products can be ordered with FSC-certification in all four profiles, including the new deep joist AJS 30 product line. Made from trees that come from managed forests, the engineered products are about 35 percent stronger than dimensional lumber joists but use about 35 percent less wood. Boise Cascade. 208-384-6161. www.bc.com.
Thanks, But No Tanks The company's new condensing tankless water heaters offer the continuous hot water of a traditional tankless unit with even greater energy savings: The Energy Starñqualified units operate at 95% thermal efficiency, according to the company. The water heaters feature two commercial-grade heat exchangers; a concentric venting design provides for better safety and easier installation. Four models are available. Rinnai. 866.746.6241. www.rinnai.us.
Energy Bars Contractors looking for energy efficiency may specify the manufacturer's energy tax credit glass packages in a wide variety of replacement windows and patio doors. The glazing meets the required U-factor rating of 0.30 or less and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.30 or less. It’s seen here on the Driftwood vinyl frame replacement window with grids between the panes. Simonton. 800-746- 6686. www.simonton.com.
Surface Tension Powered by JuiceWorks LED lighting technology, these surface-mount fixtures use 15 wattsóconsuming 85% less energy than incandescent fixtures and 40% less energy than equivalent CFLsówhile delivering 40 lumens per watt, says the firm. The light offers smooth dimming down to 10%. A retrofit version is available, allowing users to convert existing recessed lighting to LED. Sea Gull Lighting. 800.347.5483. www.seagulllighting.com.
To The Core Featuring tri-extruded frames and an air-cell insulating core, EnergyCore vinyl replacement windows offer nearly 15% improved full-window U-factors over hollow vinyl, the company says, while blocking thermal conductivity six times better than fiberglass, four times better than rigid PVC, and three times better than wood. When combined with high-performance triple-glazing systems, the windows provide a 0.15 U-factor and a 6.5 R-value, exceeding Energy Star standards by 50%. Double-hung, casement, picture, and double-slider units are available. Mikron. 800.456.8020. www.mikronvinyl.com.
Plastic Fantasic Transcend alternative decking features the companyís composite coreówhich is made with 95% recycled plastic and wood flourówrapped three-quarters around with a coextruded layer that protects the core while providing stain, scratch, and mold resistance. The firm says the shellís thickness, about two to three times greater than cellular PVC deckingís, also provides for superior fade resistance, wear resistance for high-traffic areas, and a deeper wood-grain. The decking carries a 25-year fade and stain warranty. Trex. 800.289.8739. www.trex.com.
Ceiling Fans The company's recessed fan/lights now include a sensor that turns the fan on when it senses a quick rise in humidity then turns it off automatically. The Energy Starñrated unit looks like a traditional recessed light, but contains a concealed 70-cfm ventilation fan that operates at 1.5 sones. The auto shut-off feature is adjustable from five to 60 minutes or can be operated manually. The fan is UL-listed for use over the tub or shower. Broan-NuTone. 800.558.1711. www.broan.com.
Care Full The 4.2-cubic-foot-capacity SteamCare washer features Smart Motion technology, which creates a customized combination of five wash motions to custom clean each garment type. The Energy Starñqualified unit includes a Cold Clean cycle that cleans as effectively as warm-water cycles and a SteamCare Generator to deep clean and refresh. The SteamCare dryer offers a 7.4-cubic-foot capacity and includes Sensor Dry technology that detects moisture. Kenmore. 888.536.6673. www.kenmore.com.
Hard Tops The company has added three new colorsógoldenrod, Charleston, and dunes tanóto its line of concrete roof tiles that exceed LEED requirements for a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 29. The color-through tiles resist surface damage and degradation, the company says. The three colors are available in a Del Sol custom blend (shown). MonierLifetile. 800.571.8453. www.monierlifetile.com.
Retro Cool Premium Grade Retrofit cellulose blown-in wall and attic insulation features an all-borate, fire-resistant formula. The new formulation also provides a higher level of dust suppressant, the firm says, and is easy to install over any existing insulation. It provides an installed R-value of 13 at 4.1 inches, 19 at 6.1 inches, and 30 at 9.4 inches. The product is SCS-certified for 85% recycled content and carries Energy Star certification. Greenfiber. 800.228.0024. www.greenfiber.com.
Bio Dome HFC-blown WallFoam 184 BIO spray-foam insulation is derived from naturally renewable oils, post-consumer recycled plastics, and pre-consumer recycled materials. The Class I fire-rated foam offers an average R-value of 6.2 per inch, the firm says, and can reduce a homeís carbon footprint by up to 13% a year, the company claims. Gaco Western. 877.699.4226. www.gaco.com.
Hybrid Heat The HP-50 heat pump water heater transfers available heat from ambient air, intensifies it, and transfers it to the water, resulting in an Energy Factor of 2.0, which the firm says is more than twice the efficiency of standard tank water heaters. The 50-gallon unit offers three modes: Energy Saver, for the most efficient operation; Normal, which uses both heat pump and electric elements for times of peak demand; and Electric Heat Only, a temporary setting to ensure hot water availability. A 21-inch diameter allows for easier installation in tight spaces. Rheem. 866.720.2076. www.rheem.com/hpwh.
Wine and Dine Flooring in the Vintage Barrel collection is made with wood reclaimed from old wine barrels. The line includes Cooperage (shown), which features markings from barrel heads; Wine Infusion, with wood from the inside of the barrel and boasting the rich color of wine staining; and Stave, the outer wood material that sports the markings of the barrelsí hoops. Fontenay. 800.651.8225. www.fontenay.us.
Power Fush The WaterSense-labeled Avalanche 1.28-gpf toilet features the XP3 flushing system, which the firm says clears the bowl quickly and efficiently. The unit includes a 3-inch flush valve; a large water surface; a slim-line tank; and a color-matched, side-mounted lever. It comes in white or biscuit and is available in an ErgoHeight option. 866.538.5536. Gerber. www.gerberonline.com.
Seriously Efficient The 925 Series window line is more than twice as efficient as rival brands and more than three times as efficient as Energy Star specifications. It offers a fiberglass frame, up to R-9.1 insulation, and 99.5 percent UV protection. Five exterior colors are available, as well as interior colors and species such as oak and fir. Serious Materials. 800-797-8159. www.seriousmaterials.com.
In the Pink EnergyComplete is a high-performing, affordable, whole-house insulation and air sealing system that helps builders construct tight building envelopes. Ideal for new-home construction, it can seal attics, basements, crawlspaces, or it can be used during remodeling projects to reduce future air infiltration by up to 70 percent. The two-part system includes a foam sealant and Pink Fiberglass insulation. Owens Corning. 800-438-7465. www.owenscorning.com.
Living Single The company's first one-piece, single-flush high-efficiency toilet, the Archer uses 1.28 gpf and includes Class 5 flushing technology, which features a 3 1/4-inch flush valve and an efficient, direct-fed jet to maximize water flow. The transitional design boasts beveled edges and a curved base. Kohler. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.
Outward Bound The sash of the Ultimate Venting Picture Window projects outward to reveal a screened-in opening that promotes air movement. It vents stagnant air, reduces condensation, and keeps out insects. The window features ergonomically engineered handles, and DP ratings of up to 40 for air and water infiltration. A wide variety of sizes and glazings are available. Marvin Windows and Doors. 888-537-8266. www.marvin.com.
On the Side Sideways, the company's first line of engineered hardwood flooring, is available in indigenous American species of maple, beech, birch, cherry, and hackberry. The pre-finished flooring is urea formaldehydeñfree, California Section 01350ñcompliant, and FSC-certified. The click-lock planks measure 5/8 inch by 5 inches by 47 1/2 inches. Smith & Fong. 866.835.9859. www.plyboo.com.
Two of a Kind The Tandem laundry pair is designed to offer increased capacity, high efficiency, and a stylish look at a more affordable price point, says the firm. The Energy Starñrated washer uses 73% less water and 71% less energy than conventional top loaders, according to the company, and it is CEE Tier 3-qualified. Both units feature sound dampeners for quiet operation and ìTouch and Goî controls for simple programming. Amana. 866.616.2664. www.amana.com.
Got Milk Paint SafePaint offers the properties of the company’s original milk paint but is suitable for non-porous surfaces. Made with milk protein, lime, clay, and earth pigments, the interior product is solvent-free, contains zero VOCs, and is biodegradable. Available in 20 colors, the product dries to the touch in 30 minutes and cleans up with soap and water. The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. 978-448-6336. www.milkpaint.com.
Take the A The A-Series line of windows and doors is the most energy efficient the company has ever produced. Exceeding 2010 Energy Star standards, products are made from Fibrex recycled sawdust/vinyl composite that never needs painting. Three interior wood species, nine pre-finished interiors, and 11 standard exterior colors are available. A complementary exterior trim package allows different window styles to match. Andersen Corp. 800-426-4261. www.andersenwindows.com.
Foam Home MD-R-200 medium-density spray-foam insulation uses 100% water-blown technology. The insulation provides an R-value of 5.2 per inch and offers a low vapor permeance for use in areas with higher levels of humidity; according to the company, it also is ideal for projects requiring the enhanced structural strength of a more rigid foam. Icynene. 800.758.7325. www.icynene.com.
Eco Cover Purity, its manufacturer says, is the first water-based interior penetrating wood stain with zero VOCs. The product produces little to no odor, applies with the choice of a wipe or spray, and dries in as few as 15 minutes. It penetrates both soft and hard woods, and is available in a line of micro-fine colors called Eco-Tones. Sansin Corp. 877-726-7461. www.sansin.com.
Stealth Mode Builders and architects who are serious about saving water should consider the ultra high-efficiency Stealth, a single-flush toilet that uses only 0.8 gallons of water. Using 37 percent less water than standard high-efficiency toilets, it uses a combination of water and air pressure to produce a powerful flush. Niagara Conservation. 800-831-8383. www.niagaraconservation.com.
Feel Fine Friendly Feel duct wrap is made with the company’s ECOSE Technology, which is produced without phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics, or artificial colors. Made from between 35 percent and 50 percent post-consumer recycled glass, the insulation controls condensation on air-conditioning ducts, dampens noise, and helps reduce heat gain or loss. Knauf Insulation. 800-825-4434. www.knaufinsulation.us.
Vision Quest Featuring triple glazing, dual low-E coatings, and Thermo-Edge spacers, Windquest EP windows provide U-values of 0.18, R-values of more than 5, and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.23. The windows come in casement, awning, and studio styles, and can be specified with grilles in the airspace or performance divided lites. Kolbe & Kolbe. 715-842- 5666. www.kolbe-kolbe.com.
Wall Flowers Consisting of modular planted panels, the EasyGreen Living Wall System creates a living wall inside or outside the home. The recyclable panels feature angled cells that hold soil and plants in place while creating maximum green surface area. The 4-inch-deep panels can be mounted directly to a wall surface or on a standalone frame. ELT. 866-306- 7773. www.eltlivingwalls.com.
Air Exchanger Voltex is one of four new high-efficiency water heaters the manufacturer recently introduced. The hybrid unit integrates heat pump technology that makes it more than twice as efficient as a standard electric water heater. Operating like an air conditioner in reverse, it pulls heat from the surrounding air and transfers it to the tank. It operates at a 2.3 efficiency rate and is eligible for the federal tax credit. A.O. Smith. 414-359-4000. www.aosmith.com.