To celebrate Earth Day and the advances made toward more earth-friendly living, BUILDER gathered some of the newest products for construction and home. These products go a little further to work with the Earth, lower energy consumption, or reduce waste.
The Wi-Fi-enabled RainStick is a circular shower that saves 80% water and up to 80% energy while maintaining nearly twice the flow rate compared with a traditional low-flow shower. Starting with grid-supplied water, instead of going down the drain, RainStick’s recirculation technology captures, circulates and cleans the water in real-time to avoid waste. The three-stage process removes hair and debris, and disinfects water, killing bacteria and viruses through long-life UV-LED technology. Using the RainStick app, users can view environmental impacts including water usage and energy savings. Available in matte black and brushed nickel. rainstickshower.com.
As a part of CertainTeed’s new innovative solar roofing line, the Solstice Shingle offers high-efficiency solar shingles that seamlessly integrate with any new or existing asphalt shingle roofing systems. Providing clean energy without bulkiness, the rack-mounted solar panels have a category-leading hail impact rating and offer performance under diffused light and shade for increased energy production throughout the day. Solstice shingles can be installed directly by a roofing contractor with the help of an electrician. certainteed.com.
To increase sustainability and work with the sun, View Smart Windows use electrochromic glazing to tint windows according to the sun. Eliminating glare and providing respite from heat and UV rays, View Smart Glass can operate efficiently in up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit heat without wearing down the HVAC system. In addition to lowering energy usage and costs, the earth-friendly windows also improve homeowners’ wellness by eliminating the need for blinds that collect germs and dust and block mood-boosting greenery and natural views. view.com.
Designed to deliver consistent performance year-round with FlexTemp formulation, Natural Polymers, a division of Owens Corning, recently debuted its Ultra-Pure Spray Foam that minimizes VOC emissions before, during, and after application. Greenguard Gold Certified, the Ultra-Pure Spray Foam’s smooth surface texture and inspection-ready results also includes Odor Scavenger Technology that contributes to healthier indoor air quality. owenscorning.com.
Coming in June, GE Profile’s UltraFast Combo with ventless heat pump technology combines cleaning and drying into one task. With the ability to wash and dry a large load in about two hours, the ventless heat pump technology and high-airflow ventless drying system delivers 50% more energy efficient drying—saving time and energy. The UltraFast Combo’s space-saving design, ventless technology, and 120-volt plug requirement offers users installation flexibility of anywhere a water hookup is available. Through the SmartHQ app, laundry can be controlled and monitored from anywhere to further efficiency. geappliances.com.
Lennox’s recently launched S40 Smart Thermostat, including the Lennox Smart Air Quality Monitor and the Lennox Smart Room Sensor, optimizes energy savings and comfort for homeowners. Operable by voice command through easily integrated smart-home devices or remote control through the Lennox Smart Thermostat mobile app, users can monitor temperatures and schedules from anywhere. The thermostat’s Schedule IQ Technology, Smart Away geofencing capabilities, and one-touch Away Mode ensure equipment is running efficiently and saving energy while away; and the Feels Like and Precise Comfort Plus features create the temperature homeowners want to feel, not just the set temperature. lennox.com.
Dramatically extending the life of fresh produce, Beko Home Appliances USA has launched its HarvestFresh refrigerator line. Available now in the first seven of 20 new refrigerators equipped with HarvestFresh technology, the three-light innovation recreates the 24-hour sun cycle in the crisper drawers to preserve fruits and vegetables for 30 days while extending the life of essential vitamins in fresh produce. Select models include Beko FreshGuard, an odor removal technology that uses a fan to push air through UV lighting and ceramic filters to clean the air and ensure hygienic airflow, and Beko AeroFlow, a cooling system that minimizes internal temperature fluctuations. beko.com.