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.

  • Nail Kicker Aids Wood Reuse

    Product Review

    A pneumatic tool that aids salvage and reuse of wood, the Nail Kicker has recently been reissued.

  • Arreis Nonformaldehyde MDF from SierraPine

    Product Review

    Responding to growing concerns about formaldehyde, including a likely phaseout of urea-formaldehyde panel products in California, SierraPine, Ltd., has added a new MDF to its no-added-formaldehyde MDF product family.

  • Wind Turbines on the Parapet

    Product Review

    AeroVironment, Inc., is introducing a new approach to small-scale wind generation that takes advantage of the rush of wind as it crests a building's facade.

  • Full Line of Residential LED Lighting Arrives

    Product Review

    In June 2006, Permlight Products, Inc., and Progress Lighting announced the introduction of a complete line of LED residential lighting products. To be sold as the HI-EF line, the licensing of Permlight's Enbryten Down line promises high-efficacy luminaires that meet strict California energy standards.

  • Triton Logging Recovers Underwater Forests

    Product Review

    Triton Logging, Inc., of British Columbia has brought to market environmentally-friendly lumber from forests flooded by reservoirs; standing trees are recovered using the company's unique Sawfish submarine harvester.

  • Tinting on Demand with SageGlass

    Product Review

    Glazing from Sage Electrochromics, Inc., allows users to change its visible light and total solar transmittance properties with the push of a button.

  • New Delta Showerhead Advances State of the Art

    Product Review

    The Delta Faucet Company's newest showerhead delivers a satisfying shower using only 1.6 gallons of water per minute.

  • Kohler Enters the Waterless Urinal Market

    Product Review

    The Kohler Company has introduced two stylish, vitreous-china waterless urinal models.

  • Mitsubishi Jet Towel Hand Dryer

    Product Review

    The Jet Towel uses high-velocity air to dry hands in five or six seconds. It also produces less noise and uses less energy than its competitors and captures water in a storage reservoir.

  • PaperStone: Panels Made with Cashew-Nut-Hull Resin

    Product Review

    PaperStone, a solid-surface material used for interior and exterior applications, is made from post-consumer recycled paper and phenolic resin derived from cashew-nut shells.