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.

  • Lime Stucco from American Clay Enterprises

    Product Review

    American Clay Enterprises, known for its popular natural earth plaster, has introduced a setting lime stucco to the national market.

  • Sealed Blinds from Unicel Offer Flexibility, Low Maintenance

    Product Review

    Vision Control sealed interpane louvers, available with any type of glazing, offer numerous benefits, including energy savings and reduced maintenance compared with other blinds.

  • Masonite Offers Straw-Core Door With No Added Urea-Formaldehyde

    Product Review

    Masonite's Safe 'N Sound Emerald door features a wheat-straw core, FSC-certified veneers, and adhesives with no added urea-formaldehyde.

  • Energy-Efficient Water Coolers from Elkay and Halsey Taylor

    Product Review

    Elkay and Halsey Taylor have introduced two pressure water filters, the VRCGRN and HVRGRN, respectively, with improved compressor and bubbler technology that lowers energy and water consumption.

  • An Affordable Heat-Pump Water-Heater Retrofit

    Product Review

    AirTap is an affordable heat-pump module that can be retrofit onto a conventional electric or gas water heater. The unit has a first-hour rating of 42.5 gallons, an efficiency of 240%, and a GAMA-tested energy factor of 2.11.

  • Whey-Based Floor and Furniture Finishes

    Product Review

    PolyWhey floor and furniture finish from Vermont Natural Coatings uses whey protein, a byproduct of the cheese industry, to create a durable product with low levels of volatile organic compounds.

  • Top-Performing Pellet Stoves

    Product Review

    High-efficiency pellet stoves from Quadra-Fire and Harman Stove Company offer heat from a renewable source with low particulate emissions.

  • Coolerado: Evaporative Cooling Without Added Humidity

    Product Review

    As an indirect evaporative cooler, the Coolerado provides cool air without adding moisture. Its innovative technology also delivers lower temperatures than conventional evaporative coolers, and it's much more efficient than conventional central air-conditioners.

  • Composite Panel Industry Adapts to Pending CARB Regulation

    Product Review

    California will adopt stringent new standards for emissions from composite wood products in 2009, pushing the panel industry to convert to more environmentally friendly binders.

  • Three-in-One Insulating Sheathing from Dow

    Product Review

    A new polyisocyanurate sheathing from Dow uses recycled content and provides structural shear bracing, wraparound insulation, and a water-resistant barrier in one product.