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.

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  • Navien Condensing Tankless Water Heaters

    Product Review

    Navien's demand water heaters use conventional and condensing stainless steel heat exchangers to produce hot water with an industry-best 0.98 energy factor.

  • Retrofitting Exterior Foam on Existing Walls

    Product Review

    The R-etro System from Quad-Lock makes installing exterior foam for deep-energy retrofits easier and less expensive.

  • Nexterra NSF-140-Certified Commercial Carpet Tiles

    Product Review

    Bolyu and Cambridge carpet tiles with Nexterra backing were the first carpets certified to NSF 140-2007e, achieving the platinum level.

  • The First Practical Heliostat

    Product Review

    Practical Solar has introduced a simple heliostat system to reflect sunlight into buildings for lighting and space heating; future applications will include water heating and electricity generation.

  • iCrete Mixes Stronger Concrete With Less Cement

    Product Review

    iCrete is an approach to concrete mix design that uses a proprietary algorithm, informed by detailed analysis of available aggregates, to optimize particle packing and use only as much cement as necessary.

  • Top-10 Products for Affordable Green Retrofits

    Product Review

    Ten key product areas represent compelling opportunities for cost-effective, environmentally friendly retrofits to existing buildings.

  • The First Practical Heliostat

    Product Review

    Practical Solar has introduced a simple heliostat system to reflect sunlight into buildings for lighting and space heating; future applications will include water heating and electricity generation.

  • Hypewatch: Energy Savings Claims from Power Conditioning Equipment

    Product Review

    Power conditioning devices often promise across-the-board energy savings, but the claims don't hold up in practice. These devices are good, however, for solving specific power quality problems.

  • Matrix Total Home System Offers All-in-One Efficiency

    Product Review

    The Matrix Total Home System from NTI is an energy-efficient mechanical system that includes forced-air and hydronic heating as well as energy recovery and ventilation in one space-efficient unit.

  • Knauf Introduces Ecose Biobased Binder

    Product Review

    Knauf's EcoBatt insulation uses a new biobased binder with no added formaldehyde, although it has not revealed the proprietary ingredients.