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Timber Products Co. Offers Urea Formaldehyde-Free Resins in its Hardwood Plywood Panels.

The GreenT line of hardwood plywood panels from Springfield, Ore.-based Timber Products Co. ( is now available with resins containing no added urea formaldehyde, thus reducing emissions that can degrade indoor air quality. The proprietary process also helps the panel line meet federal emissions standards and those of several states, including California's tough CARB air-quality legislation. In addition, the GreenT line features optional -recycled-content core material in its hardwood plywood, MDF, veneer-core, and particleboard-core panels, and all GreenT panels use wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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BuildingGreen Announces Top-10 Green Products

Green builders everywhere rejoice-the list of green building products has just grown longer thanks to the release of BuildingGreen's 2007 Top-10 Green Building Products. Brattleboro, Vt.-based BuildingGreen, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News, announced the list at GreenBuild 2007, the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to sustainable and energy efficient construction.

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Eco-Friendly Insulation

A school project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute just might result in the creation of a new eco-friendly insulation material. Recent graduates Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre are continuing to develop a product they first started working on in a class on sustainable housing. The fire-retardant product, dubbed "Greensulate-M," is made up of water, flour, oyster mushroom spores, and perlite (a mineral used in potting soil).

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Energy Savers

AIR CONDITIONING A HOUSE IS THE costliest part of owning it. Though this has always been the case, rising energy costs mean that an efficient system is more important than ever. The fight to conserve energy took a giant leap forward earlier this year when a new seasonal energy-efficiency rating (SEER) standard for residential central air conditioners took effect. As of January, the minimum efficiency rating manufacturers are allowed to produce is 13. So what exactly does this mean?

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Top Manufacturers Share Plans and Product Strategies

Fifteen years ago, only about 20 percent of consumers were involved in selecting plumbing products for the home. Today, it is about 75 percent. But you can't have unlimited choices and have a cost-effective supply chain. So our major challenge, in partnership with our distributors and builders, is to give consumers the choice they want while keeping the supply chain simple, cost-effective, and profitable for everyone.

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Green With Envy

"Green building has been slow to gain wide acceptance because of the perception that it is expensive," says Paul Bertram, president and CEO of Atlanta-based GreenZone, an online resource center dedicated to providing awareness of green-building concepts related to polyiso rigid board roof insulation. But green products do not have to cost a mint, says Bertram, pointing to polyiso rigid board roof insulation made by Atlanta-based Atlas Roofing.

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