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These products offer innovation that comes in many forms.

True Green

These products offer innovation that comes in many forms.

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    Old is New

    Salvaged flooring is all the rage, but now you can also buy windows and doors constructed from the reclaimed material. Made from Douglas fir that was originally used in fencing, barns, houses, and factories, the products feature consistent grain pattern and natural golden tones that may deepen over time. JELD-WEN. 800-877-9482. www.jeld-wen.com.
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    Smith & Fong. PlybooStrand FSC-certified bamboo plywood and flooring are urea formaldehydefree and carry Indoor Advantage Gold and FloorScore certifications, respectively. Plywood panels come in 3/16-, 1/2-, and 3/4-inch thicknesses; the flooring comes in 3/8- and 9/16-inch thicknesses. Both are available in Havana, Sahara, and Neopolitan finishes. 866.835.9859. www.plyboo.com.

    Wood Look

    PlybooStrand FSC-certified bamboo plywood and flooring are urea formaldehyde-free and carry Indoor Advantage Gold and FloorScore certifications. Plywood panels come in 3/16-,1/2-, and 3/4-inch thickness; the flooring comes in 3/8- and 9/16-inch thickness. Available in three finishes. Smith & Fong. 866-835-9859. www.plyboo.com.
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    Water Sava

    Sava showerheads come with flow rates of 1.5 or 1.75 gpm but feature an oversized 4.4-inch diameter spray head and a pressure-compensating device to ensure optimal performance regardless of water pressure. Made from corrosion-resistant thermoplastic, it’s available in two finishes. Niagara Conservation. 800-831-8383. www.niagaraconservation.com.
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    No Tanks

    Prestige Series is an Energy Star–rated condensing tankless water heater line with an Energy Factor of 0.94. With a minimum flow rate of 0.26 gallons per minute and a minimum activation flow rate of 0.4 gallons per minute, the units allow homeowners to use low-flow fixtures. Rheem. 866-720-2076. www.rheem.com.
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    Power Play

    The new E20 Series is the first commercially available 20 percent efficient solar panels. Delivering 2 percent more power than the company’s current E19 Series panels, the product uses Maxeon technology that captures more sunlight and conducts more electrical current than conventional solar cells. SunPower Corp. 800-786-7693. www.sunpowercorp.com.
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    Power Flush

    The Aquia dual-flush toilet is now available in a one-piece model. The high-efficiency unit offers users the option of a 0.9-gallon flush for liquid waste or a traditional 1.6 gallons for solid waste. It features an elongated skirt design for easy cleaning and a slender tank. Universal height models are available. TOTO USA. 800-350-8686. www.totousa.com.
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    American Hometec. The AHQ-T16 point-of-use electric tankless water heater features the companys coil-less technology, which heats water indirectly through heat transfer to prevent lime-scale buildup that can decrease heating efficiency over time. The 16-kW unit can provide heated water for the shower and sink simultaneously, and comes with a slim profile, a brushed-chrome frame, clean black surface, and blue LED smooth-touch controls. 877.662.6457. www.americanhometec.com.

    Point Source

    The AHQ-T16 point-of-use electric tankless water heater features the company’s coil-less technology, which heats water indirectly through heat transfer to prevent lime-scale buildup. It provides heated water for the shower and sink simultaneously, and comes with a slim profile and blue LED controls. American Hometec. 877-662-6457. www.americanhometec.com.
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    Tall Walls

    The SL70 thermally broken aluminum-framed folding glass wall system is now offered with triple low-E insulated glazing for a U-value of 0.30 and a solar heat gain coeffi-cient of 0.24. The unit is available as a floor-mounted system in more than 50 stacking configurations. NanaWall. 888-411-6262. www.nanawall.com.
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    The ComfortLink II thermostat features a troubleshooting menu and embedded diagnostics, along with self-calibration for zoning, making it easier for contractors to install. A 7-inch touchscreen provides multi-room monitoring, as well as customizable levels of programming. Trane.903-581-3660. www.trane.com.
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    Knauf. The KISS system combines the manufacturers EcoBatt insulation or Jet Stream Ultra blowing insulation and a new water-based elastomeric sealant, EcoSeal. Applied to interior framing and sheathing seams, the sealant dries to a flexible, tough film to create an air barrier. It contains no solvents and less than 0.3% VOCs. According to the firm, EcoSeal has an STC rating higher than foam, is Class A rated for fire and smoke, and applies in temperatures from 20 degrees to 115 degrees F. 800.825.4434. www.knaufinsulation.us.

    Seal of Approval

    The KISS system combines the manufacturer’s EcoBatt insulation or Jet Stream Ultra blowing insulation and a new water-based elastomeric sealant, EcoSeal. Applied to interior framing and sheathing seams, the sealant dries to a flexible, tough film to create an air barrier. Knauf. 800-825-4434. www.knaufinsulation.us.
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    Silent Whisper

    The third generation of Energy Star–rated WhisperGreen ventilation fans includes 13 new models designed for 4- or 6-inch ducts. SmartFlow Optimum CFM technology detects and compensates for additional static pressure by increasing airflow to achieve the specified output. Panasonic. 866-292-7292. www.panasonic.com.

Many home buyers now require products with a green pedigree. But while some products are obviously green, others not as easily identified as sustainable still contribute a great deal to a home’s efficiency. Simply put, “green” comes in many forms, so it helps to look beyond the obvious and investigate the benefits. We’ve assembled some products for you—ones that will help your houses live cleaner, tighter, and just plain better.