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Top Green Building Products for 2016 – Part I: Highlights From BuildingGreen’s Annual List

BuildingGreen, an independent publishing company, committed to bringing members accurate, unbiased and timely green design information has released its list of top transformative products for the New Year.

The innovative makers of these products are doing their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprints, while saving energy and water, and offering long-lasting, safe solutions.

Here are a few that made the list:

Honeywell Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent: A low GWP Foam Blowing Agent With All the Benefits of HFCs

Traditional spray polyurethane foam (SPF) offers solid insulating and air sealing properties, but has an adverse effect on the environment. According to BuildingGreen: “Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) is the latest advance in foam blowing technology developed by Honeywell. With a global warming potential (GWP) of 1, the product’s impact on the environment is much lower than current HFCs used in the industry.Solstice LBA is a suitable replacement for other liquid foam blowing agents and also offers significant performance benefits over foams made with HFC-245fa, including greater foam yield, improved compressive strength and up to a 10% increase in thermal performance. Stay warm and reduce global warming with Solstice LBA!

Honeywell Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent

(Photo: West Development Group)

nuLEDS Power-over-Ethernet (PoE): The Plug-and-Play Solution for LEDs

Most high-efficiency LED lighting systems use standard high-voltage wiring that is expensive to install and modify because the alternating current (AC) power has to be converted to direct current (DC) power. Flickering lights and performance problems are often the result. nuLEDS Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) LED lighting system uses DC Cat 5 or Cat 6 Ethernet cables — the same ones that connect your laptop — to carry both power and data to LED systems. The system allows up to 60 watts for lighting and data, carried over low-voltage cable that creates a “plug-and-play” system that is safe, simple and inexpensive.

nuLEDS Power-over-Ethernet

(Photo: nuLED)

Unity Homes High-Performance Panelized Homes: Fossil-fuel Free Homebuilding

Tedd Benson, founder of Unity Homes started the New Hampshire-based homebuilder to raise the bar from current industry standards.

“There’s a serious defect rate in American homes today — anywhere from 15 to 80 percent,” says Benson. “In any other industry if you had a defect rate of any more than 1 percent, you’d be out of business.”

Using renewable resources, such as wood and cellulose and low to no-VOC materials and finishes, Unity’s Zūm modelassembled on-site at Greenbuild in just three days, is a prime example of how a green home can be efficient, affordable and stylish. The process starts with sophisticated CAD-CAM production modeling to help create panelized wall systems and pods (small prefabricated modules used for bathrooms, mechanical rooms and kitchens). The walls are insulated with cellulose to R-35 and roofs are insulated to R-38 to R-44.

Unity's Zum model home at night

(Photo: Unity Homes)

Sanden SanCo2 Heat Pump Water Heater: The First Eco-friendly CO2 Hot Water Solution

Most industry standard heat pumps use hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants such as R410a, which has a 100-year GWP. Sanden now offers a residential heat pump water heater that uses CO2 as the refrigerant and is capable of delivering enough hot water for domestic hot water use and even hyronic heating in more modern homes.The SanCO2 system consists of two parts: the outdoor unit, where hot water is produced using the CO2 refrigerant to extract heat from ambient air, and the 60- to 80-gallon storage tank, which is installed inside the home. The closed-loop system uses less energy and allows for faster heat recovery, resulting in lower operating costs than traditional electric tank heaters or typical heat pumps. Hot water, naturally with Sanden!

Sanden SANCo2

(Photo: Sanden)

Telsa Powerwall and Powerpack: Energy Storage for a Sustainable Home

The majority of grid-tied PV systems can only store power for daily use, lacking backup power capacity. Storing this electricity helps minimize utility power and ensures the system functions in an outage. Telsa’s Powerwall and Powerback home battery systems charge using electricity generated from solar panels. Telsa’s Powerwall allows the home to run on solar energy through the night. Automated, compact and simple to install, Telsa’s Powerwall can help homeowners achieve net-zero energy and allow homes to function almost entirely off-the-grid.

Telsa Powerwall and Powerpack

(Photo: Telsa)

A big thanks to BuildingGreen for the info on this first round of products.

But, wait — there’s more…

Look for the upcoming list: Top Green Products – Part II, to learn more about products/manufacturers that are stealing the show in 2016.

Testimonials

On behalf of Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, I would like to thank you for showcasing our company as a cover story in US Builders Review, and express our gratitude for a job well done in putting together an impressive editorial product. We already have received a great deal of positive feedback on the article and are confident it will be a very effective tool for sharing Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ story, and our new hotel project, with a national audience of industry professionals. Please also extend our thanks to everyone on your team that helped in any way to produce this article. This was truly a collaborative effort.  Your staff listened to our feedback and was incredibly professional and accommodating to our requests throughout the entire process. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with US Builders Review on future projects.
— Ryan Sanzari, Director of Operations, Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
It was an absolute pleasure to work with the writers and editorial team at TrueLine Publishing for our recent article in US Builders Review. From the start of the project, it was apparent that everyone involved was very concerned with accuracy and getting the facts right. They were also very conscientious about soliciting our feedback and ensuring that we were happy with the content and with the manner in which Giroux Glass was described in the finalized piece.
— Barbara Kotsos, Director of Marketing & PR, Giroux Glass
Working with Kyle at TrueLine Publishing was a great experience. We are quite pleased with how the article about Souder Brothers turned out. The magazine article and photo spread is going to be a very effective tool to use in our marketing. If you have the opportunity to be featured in a project like this, I would recommend doing it. Kyle and his team made the whole process very smooth and we are happy to have been a part of the latest edition of US Builders Review.
— Corinne Schaffer, Project Manager, Souder Brothers Construction
Ryan at TrueLine was a pleasure to work with and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or TrueLine to anyone in the future. They were professional, organized and great to work with through the process!
— James Cahill, President and Partner, J. Calnan & Associates
The process was simple: we were provided questions that the writers wanted to discuss, we were interviewed, and then we got to see a few drafts before the final version went to print. Given the quality of this publication, on behalf of Giroux, I can assure everyone that all of my partners would be happy to participate in similar articles in the future.
— Barbara Kotsos, Director of Marketing & PR, Giroux Glass
Professional with attention to customer’s needs. Well prepared vision for article while open to suggestions. Provided plenty feedback and review prior to final draft. Thanks in advance for the assistance and promotion of our organization!
— Jason Lee, LEED AP O+M, Director of Sustainability and Optimization for Harvard Maintenance
We are excited to be featured as a case study in US Builders Review and look forward to sharing our company’s story with a national audience.
— Ryan Sanzari, Director of Operations, Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
I would like to commend the US Builders Review staff for their work in developing and writing a fantastic article for Miller Contracting Group, Inc. It was truly a pleasure to work with their professional and well organized staff.
— Chuck Daniels, Business Manager, Miller Contracting Group Inc.
What a great team US Builders has put in place! Having worked with Victor Martins a few years back, I was pleasantly surprised that he remembered our experience and contacted us again about an updated article. Not only did Victor brainstorm with me about content that would resonate with readers, but he assigned an excellent writer, Molly Shaw, to our account. Her interview with my client, Bardi Heating Cooling & Plumbing, was professional and succinct; as was her writing style. We had very few edits and were pleased not only with the article, but how well it was enhanced by color photos. Much appreciated!
— Karen Bird, Owner of Strategic Marketing Services, Bardi Heating Cooling & Plumbing
I was contacted as a nominee for the Greenbuild Editor’s Choice 2016 recognition and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Working with US Builders Review has been a blessing for my company. Erica Berry took an awesome interview in the initial call as she gathered data for the article. She was concerned about how we became us, and she made me feel important by listening and taking notes. Then there is Ian Nichols who made me feel so comfortable in sharing my story, and Molly Shaw who interviewed me as well, as she was getting ready to create an awesome article about my company -- and I must say she nailed it on the first run! What a pleasure it has been to work with everyone. This feature on Container Homes USA will help me push the company into the forefront at the Greenbuild Expo 2016.
— Derrick C. W. Childs, Director Construction & Design, Container Homes USA

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