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.

  • Kohler Enters the Waterless Urinal Market
    May 3, 2006

    Product Review

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

  • Mitsubishi Jet Towel Hand Dryer
    April 3, 2006

    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
    April 3, 2006

    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.

  • Repairing Scratched Window Glass with GlasWeld
    March 1, 2006

    Product Review

    The G Force Scratch Removal System from GlasWeld uses heat, pressure, and nontoxic chemicals to realign glass molecules, restoring a smooth surface.

  • Kohler Highline 1.1-gpf Toilet
    February 1, 2006

    Product Review

    With the help of a remarkably quiet pressure-flush mechanism, Kohler's newest toilet uses only 1.1 gallons of water per flush.

  • Zurn Introduces Flood of Water-Conserving Products
    January 1, 2006

    Product Review

    Zurn Plumbing Products Group's new offerings include a 1.1-gpf toilet, a dual-flush toilet, a non-water-using urinal, and a dual-flush flushometer valve.