BuildingGreen announces 2013 top 10 green building products

| by Teena Hammond
BuildingGreen announces 2013 top 10 green building products

BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of GreenSpec and Environmental Building News (EBN), has announced the Top 10 Green Building Products for 2013. The eleventh annual awards, announced at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild Conference in San Francisco, are BuildingGreen's editors' picks of the most innovative green building products, drawn from product reviews published in GreenSpec and EBN.

"After a year of record droughts and floods across the country, this year's Top-10 products include several for managing moisture in buildings or for irrigating more responsibly," said BuildingGreen founder and GreenSpec executive editor Alex Wilson. "In selecting this year's products, we looked for companies addressing resilience, energy efficiency, thoughtful use of materials, cutting-edge system optimization, and other needs."

This year's selections include software for modeling heat and moisture flows, concrete masonry units with sequestration of carbon dioxide, a low-e coating for windows that opens new possibilities to energy-efficient, passive solar windows, and an LED streetlight meant to deliver 100 lumens per watt to precisely the area where the light is needed.

The 2013 selections highlight the role of building science and system-level thinking in driving today's green product innovations. Tremco's Engineered Transition Assembly, for example, integrates membranes, sheathings, and more with a focus on corners and connections, and WUFI software lets builders model the movement of heat and moisture for various materials and scenarios to fine-tune all aspects of a building assembly. The LEED rating systems also continue to encourage development of green products; GreenSpec users can find products organized by LEED credits as well as by building category and the CSI MasterFormat structure.

The BuildingGreen Top 10 Green Building Products for 2013:

  • WUFI software from Fraunhofer IBP and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Atlas CMU block with CarbonCure
  • Amorim expanded-cork boardstock insulation
  • Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assemblies from Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing
  • LoE-i89 glazing from Cardinal Glass Industries
  • Viridian Reclaimed Wood
  • GeoSpring hybrid electric water heater from GE (Read product article on ProudGreenHome)
  • Haiku by Big Ass Fans (See Greenbuild video interview on ProudGreenHome)
  • XS-P Series streetlight from Cree Lighting
  • Cyber Rain irrigation controllers

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Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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