Product Reviews

Smith & Fong

OVERVIEW

Looking for information on the latest and greatest green building products? Look no further. These resources provide in-depth analysis of industry-leading products that are changing how we design and build.

You will learn about products that:

  • promote material transparency

  • tighten the building envelope

  • save water and energy

  • avoid chemicals of concern

  • enhance productivity

  • improve lighting

And just as significantly, the articles provide context, describing the status quo in the industry and why these products are important.

Not all of these products end up on Top 10 lists, however. In fact, some are exposed as greenwashing poseurs.

  • Anaerobic Digesters: Turning Food Waste into Energy
    February 5, 2018

    Product Review

    In an industry first, Impact Bioenergy has developed small-scale anaerobic digesters that reduce waste and produce methane to generate heat and energy.

  • Innovative New Products from Greenbuild 2017
    January 6, 2018

    Product Review

    Highlights from the 2017 Greenbuild Expo floor include dynamic glazing, heat-pump technologies, and blown-in wool insulation.

  • The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation

    Report/Course/Study Guide/Live Webinar

    The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation provides detailed guidance on insulation products and practices, including cost comparisons and detailed recommendations on what insulation to use, and what to avoid.

  • BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2018
    November 9, 2017

    Product Review

     

    Our innovative Top 10 product selections improve IAQ, save energy and water, contain fewer hazardous materials, and promote material transparency.

  • Pete’s Product Puzzle: VersaDry
    October 3, 2017

    Blog Post

    Simple folded metal solves a common moisture problem

  • Glass Façade with Vacuum Insulation
    October 6, 2017

    Product Review

    Sedak’s Isomax system incorporates vacuum insulated panels into insulated glazing units to create thin glass façades with improved thermal performance.

  • A New Halogen-Free Polyiso Insulation from GAF
    August 2, 2017

    Product Review

    GAF now offers a full line of polyisocyanurate foam insulation that is free of toxic halogenated flame retardants.

  • Heat-Pump Energy Recovery Ventilation Gets an Update
    August 2, 2017

    Product Review

    Build Equinox and Minotair Ventilation Inc. (MVI) have updated their heat-pump-based energy recovery ventilation systems, providing better control of humidity, heating, and cooling in a smaller footprint.

  • Modular, Onsite Graywater System
    July 10, 2017

    Product Review

    Grayworks is a modular, plug-and-play commercial graywater treatment system that simplifies installation and maintenance.

  • New Options Emerging among Mass Timber Panels
    May 2, 2017

    Product Review

    Lots of glue, or all wood? Two new products highlight very different approaches to structural panels.