TORONTO, ON -- BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of GreenSpec and Environmental Building News, has announced the Top-10 Green Building Products for 2012. This tenth annual award, announced at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference in Toronto, recognizes the building products representing important green building innovations for the year ahead.
“There are more ‘green’ building products than ever, but not all of them address a real need—or worse, some of them may create new problems down the road,” says BuildingGreen founder and GreenSpec executive editor Alex Wilson. “In selecting this year’s Top-10 products, we looked for companies that solved pressing needs in energy efficiency, reduced toxicity in building materials, enhanced retrofit applications and offered unique solutions in other areas.”
BuildingGreen’s Top-10 product selections, as in previous years, are drawn primarily from new additions to GreenSpec, the company’s database of best-in-class green building products, with more than 2,200 featured listings and product lines. “It’s exciting to see the new products being introduced to the market each month,” said Wilson. New products are reviewed in-depth in Environmental Building News and in GreenSpec’s email newsletter.
A big driver in the development of green products continues to be the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which awards points for the use of certain product types or for the energy or water savings that certain green products can achieve. “LEED continues to spur manufacturers toward market transformation,” said Wilson. 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 2012 are listed below.
InterfaceFLOR carpet tiles with non-PFC carpet fibers
(CSI MasterFormat 09 68 13 – Tile Carpeting)
Lifeline PVC-free resilient flooring from Upofloor OY imported by Altro Floors
(CSI MasterFormat 06 73 00 – Composite Decking)
Knight Wall CI-Girt Rainscreen System from Knight Wall Systems
(CSI MasterFormat 07 42 63 – Fabricated Wall Panel Assemblies)
EonCoat waterborne ceramic coating from EonCoat LLC
(CSI MasterFormat 09 91 13 – Exterior Painting)
Aqua2use Graywater System from Water Wise Group, Inc.
(CSI MasterFormat 22 16 00 – Graywater Systems)
Cypress Envirosystems analog-to-digital wireless thermostat
(CSI MasterFormat 23 09 00 – Instrumentation and Control for HVAC)
Ritter XL solar thermal system from Regasol
(CSI MasterFormat 23 56 14 – Heating Solar Concentrating Collectors)
Mitsubishi Electric’s Ductless Heat Pumps and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems with Tenant Submetering
(CSI MasterFormat 23 81 26 – Mini- and Multi-Split-Systems)
AllSun Trackers from AllEarth Renewables
(CSI MasterFormat 26 37 00 – Alternative Energy Balance of Systems Components)
Philips EnduraLEDs from Philips Lighting
(CSI MasterFormat 26 51 16 – LED Lighting)