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.

  • Clean Concrete-and Air-with TX Active

    Product Review

    TX Active is a line of cement products that uses the photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide to provide self-cleaning and ambient pollution-reduction.

  • Cold-Cathode CFLs from Litetronics

    Product Review

    The same technology that backlights laptop computer screens is making its way into decorative and area lighting.

  • Reflector LED Lamps from Lighting Science Group

    Product Review

    A manufacturer has introduced the first full-dimming LED lamp bright enough for general illumination.

  • Green E-Board Building Panels

    Product Review

    With the durability of cement backerboards but with a carbon footprint closer to gypsum, Green E-Board panels are an intriguing new drywall option.

  • Hands-Free Parking

    Product Review

    The AutoMotion Parking System creates an automated parking garage, offering advantages including indoor environmental quality benefits.

  • New Treated Wood Uses Nonmetallic Biocides

    Product Review

    A new treated wood product in Arch Treatment Technologies' Wolmanized line uses a trio of organic biocides to protect the wood for outdoor, aboveground use.

  • LightLouver Offers Low-Profile Alternative to Light Shelves

    Product Review

    A self-contained unit designed for installation inside windows above the vision plane, the LightLouver Daylighting System effectively redirects sunlight deeper into building interiors.

  • Recycled-EPS Interior Molding

    Product Review

    Recyled polystyrene molding from Timbron International is waterproof, mold-resistant, paintable, and workable.

  • 180 Walls Sets New Standard for Green Wallcovering

    Product Review

    A woven polyester wallcovering from Milliken, 180 Walls is cost-competitive with vinyl wallcoverings and offers a number of environmental benefits that are backed up by third-party certifications.

  • Cardinal Introduces New LoE3 Glass

    Product Review

    The nation's largest manufacturer of low-emissivity glass for residential windows has introduced an improved triple-coated glass, now being used by several window makers.