Product Reviews

Smith & Fong


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.

  • Hand Dryers From Mitsubishi, TOTO, and Dyson

    Product Review

    High-performance hand dryers from Mitsubishi, TOTO, and Dyson offer significant energy savings over conventional electric hand dryers and recycled paper towels.

  • Mobile Photovoltaic Power Generators

    Product Review

    Mobile photovoltaic generators can provide a silent power supply for construction sites and other off-grid applications without the use of fossil fuels.

  • Bringing Green, Modular, and Historical Together

    Product Review

    New World Home has created a portfolio of modular homes that meld environmental performance with historically sensitive design.

  • CalStar to Begin Production of Fly Ash Bricks

    Product Review

    A new brick from CalStar contains 40% fly ash and no portland cement.

  • Pentadyne GTX: Backup Power from a Flywheel

    Product Review

    The Pentadyne GTX supplies short-term power, without the use of lead-acid batteries, to cover the time between a power anomaly and the start of the generator.

  • Lego Blocks from Straw

    Product Review

    While still under development, Oryzatech's Stak Block rice-straw, interlocking, highly insulating building block is an exciting product that could revolutionize the use of straw as a building material.

  • Building a Better Building Block-Pozzotive Plus

    Product Review

    Kingston Block & Masonry Supply has introduced a line of CMUs and concrete facing brick made with a post-consumer-recycled-glass pozzolan substituting for 30% of the portland cement as well as about 50% post-consumer recycled aggregate.

  • Silva Cell Facilitates Urban Tree Growth

    Product Review

    The Silva Cell provides a framework that supports streetscapes and paved surfaces and encloses uncompacted subsurface soil so it can be used for tree-root growth or stormwater mitigation.

  • Heat-Pump Water Heaters Ready for Prime Time

    Product Review

    Heat-pump water heaters offer significantly greater water heating efficiency than conventional electric water heaters. EBN takes a look at three new products, along with two existing products and one that is expected out soon.

  • Mineral Wool Residential and Commercial Insulation

    Product Review

    Mineral wool insulation offers a good alternative to foam-based insulation, with fewer hazardous chemicals.