Greenbuild 2012, America's largest Eco-Construction Expo, was the launch site for some impressive green building innovations. Here's a quick sample of products worth checking out in this coming year:

Accoya Wood

Accsys Technology's flagship product is Accoya Wood, which improves the performance of FSC-certified wood by use of a non-toxic acetylization wood preservative process. The process creates a more durable, dimensionally stable, and pest-resistant product that retains the beauty of natural wood. A study conducted by the Timber Research & Development Association (TRADA), shows Accoya wood outperforming other preserved wood for comparative resistance to natural weathering and splitting. Termite-resistant Accoya wood is toxin-free for use indoors or out, and it carries a 50-year above-ground and 25-year below-ground warranty against rot and decay. Accoya wood carries a 50-year above-ground and 25-year below-ground warranty against rot and decay.

activTek provides a natural, safe and energy efficient solution for a host of indoor air quality issues. activTek's AP 3000 stand-alone air purification system reduces odors, visible smoke,VOCs and dangerous contaminants on surfaces commonly found in the air and on the surfaces of the average home or office indoor environment, making buildings healthier. 


ACT/Enovative Kontrol Systems offers a Hot Water Distribution System that supplies hot water only on the demand of the user, reducing the run time of standard re-circulation pumps by over 90 percent. This innovation is becoming the water- and energy- conserving choice for builders, property managers, and commercial end-users.

Lithonia W Series
Acuity Brands, Inc. is a leading provider of lighting, controls and daylighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. Their new W Series luminaires feature integrated automation to maximize energy savings in low-traffic or low-occupancy areas such as corridors, stairwells and restrooms. The luminaires automatically turn on or off as occupants ascend and descend stairs, walk corridors, or enter a seldom used space – significantly reducing energy consumption by not lighting the space when it is not in use.

Alleghany Hardwood Flooring
Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring
A 4th generation family business, Hickman Lumber controls 
Allegheny Mountain's entire production process from the forest to the lumber, to the finished boards. The result is a selection of FSC certified flooring that has earned awards from the National Wood Flooring Association for beauty and creative design.


Tiger Foam

American Dryer
The ExtremeAir Hand Dryer dries hands in about 10 seconds while using 80% less energy than conventional models. The patented design consumes less than 18¢ of electricity per 1,000 hand dryings. It offers a 98% cost savings versus paper towels, eliminates costly maintenance, and improves hygiene. Features adjustable sound and speed, plus a no-heat option for improved energy efficiency.
Booth 4358N •

Applegate Insulation

Applegate provides insulation in a variety of sustainable forms – flame-resistant thermal cotton batts made from recycled denim, borate treated loose fill recycled cellulose, acoustic batts made from recycled cotton, and low-emission spray foam insulation. Applegate offers distribution warehouses in every region of the continental U.S.

Benjamin Moore Paint
In recent years, Benjamin Moore Paint has re-made itself into a supplier of longer life, lower emission interior and exterior paints, stains, and finishes – both water based and oil based. Their signature Natura line of low emission paint uses zero-VOC colorants, and it's now joined by key architectural finishes such as their newly introduced Grand Entry line of durable door finishes.

Biobased Insulation

BioBased Insulation's 2-component soy polyurethane spray-applied insulation available in open cell and closed cell foam. The material is VOC-compliant and free of chemical toxins. Once applied, BioBased offers performance specs that exceed conventional foam materials.

Bonded Logic

Bonded Logic's UltraTouch Denim Insulation is produced from recycled blue jeans, and supplied pre-cut for residential or commercial applications. The material provides superior thermal and acoustic performance, and is available in R8, R13, R19, R21 and R30.

CalStar's line of LEED eligible masonry products is made with recycled content and produces a smaller carbon and energy footprint than traditional bricks and concrete. CalStar's oversized facing unit offers all of the traditional look and performance of clay bricks, with added ease of installation and documented environmental benefits. At 4” x 8” x 24”, it's equivalent to a nine-brick soldier course, resulting in time-saving, simple installation.

While best known for their dual-flush water-conserving toilets, Caroma also offers high-efficiency showerheads such as the FLOW, featuring a nominal flow rate of 1.5gpm/5.7L at 80 psi. Flow includes a precision engineered nozzle that pressurizes water to produce a uniform, and soft yet powerful spray of water to maximize comfort while saving up to 10 gallons more water than the standard 2.5gpm showerhead for a 10-minute shower. It offers a unique easy-slide spray adjustment, ranging from a wide coverage bathing spray to a concentrated rinse flow. Caroma's products are manufactured for new construction and water conserving upgrade applications in residential, commercial, hospitality and health care structures.

Collins FSC Ceritifed Wood

CertainTeed Corporation boasts a new family of Gyptone BIG Large Format Perforated Acoustic Panels. These perforated gypsum panels allow for monolithic ceiling and wall designs without visible breaks or joints and provide superior acoustics for open lobbies, classrooms and office spaces. The panels offer NRCs from 0.60 to 0.75, depending on the perforation pattern, and a CAC of 35. All panels are made with 80 percent post-consumer and 5 percent pre-consumer recycled content and can be fully recycled into the manufacturing of new gypsum products.

Collins Freeform

Collins Companies
Collins FSC-certified Pine FreeForm Particleboard recently added CARB Exempt status to its list of advantages that include NAF (no added formaldeyde), moisture resistance and 100% post-industrial wood fiber content. By using pMDI adhesive and including a high pine content, Collins Pine FreeForm offers excellent machinability to extend tool life and added safety for users. As a leader in environmental stewardship, Collins Pine FreeForm and their other FSC hardwoods and softwoods offer everything customers need in one environmentally friendly product.


CPI IntelaSun

CPI Daylighting
IntelaSun has the stats to call itself the most advanced controlled daylighting solution available. IntelaSun delivers the exact amount of daylighting desired – no more, no less. This dynamic system uses intelligent ‘SolaBlades' within the glazing panels that adjust to the sun's position in the sky. IntelaSun promises an economical solution to manage the level of sunlight, solar heat gain, and shading within a given space, enabling optimal building performance.

DECRA Roofing
DECRA Shingle XD has the look of a heavy-weight architectural shingle at a fraction of the weight. It's made of corrosion resistant, aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel with an acrylic bonded stone chip finish. The steel substrate used to make DECRA roofing contains up to 25% post-consumer recycled steel content. DECRA is backed by a 50-year limited warranty and a 120 mph wind warranty.


EcoStar's Majestic Slate and Seneca Shake tiles offer a lightweight sustainable and alternative to traditional slate and shake. These premium steep slope composite roofing tiles are composed of 80% recycled rubber and plastic, and can contribute to as many as 8 LEED credits.

Electro Plastics/STEP Warmfloor
STEP WarmfloorSTEP Warmfloor is a flat and thin (1.2mm), low-voltage (AC/DC), heating element made of self-regulating PTC semi-conductive polymer. The material acts as a sensor, thereby making the system highly energy efficient. Easy to install, cut to size on site, ideal for new construction and remodeling under most floor coverings. Other applications include snowmelt and roof deicing.

Excel Dryer
Excel Dryer is serious about helping building managers transition from their old paper towel dispensers to its line of premium electric hand dryers. Its X-CHANGER paper towel retrofit kit offers an easy way to convert from conventional paper towel fixtures to the company's high-speed, energy efficient electric Xcel Hand Dryer.

Finish Line/Columbia Forest Products
Finish Line
FinishLine from Columbia Forest Products is a collection of hardwood panels in clear, stained and primed factory finishes. These VOC-free, pre-finished panels, which feature Columbia's PureBond formaldehyde -free hardwood plywood technology, can complement projects that require high standards for appearance, performance, and indoor air quality.

Franklin International/Titebond
TitebondThe Titebond label offers one of the industry's most complete and comprehensive lines of VOC-compliant, urethane and solvent-free adhesives. Their GreenChoice lineup has a proven track record with contractors and builders as a low-odor alternative that can be safely used for remodels in occupied schools, restaurants and other commercial and residential sites.

Gerflor will unveil its new Creation Collection, with more than 85 LVT designs based on urban landscapes, nature and authentic woods. Creation Collection's seven exclusive innovations in contrast, concrete, paint, piano finish, denim, mixed and different plank length & widths make it easy for designers to achieve distinctive looks for any space.

Intus Windows
Intus Windows

Intus Windows provides a wide range of super energy efficient, Passive House Institute Certified and Passive House suitable windows, doors and curtain walls.

Booth 5509W •


Lynden Door
Lynden Door, an FSC Chain of Custody certified supplier, manufacturers flush wood doors which can not only contribute to the visual beauty of building's interior but also to LEED Credits MR4, MR5, MR6, MR7 & EQ4.4. Lynden offers numerous product options within their GreenDor program to meet the needs of green builders. 
Booth #5350S •

Maze Nails
Maze Nails is the nation's largest domestic manufacturer of hand-driven nails and nails for the pneumatic tools. While the company is best known for its hot-dipped galvanized nails – ideal for pressure treated wood – they also produce nails for every construction application. Maze Nails are SCS Certified for 85% recycled content, which means they can contribute credits towards LEED certification.
Booth # 122N •

MythicMythic Paint
Mythic Pro meets the strictest criteria for coatings used in LEED certified buildings. Their new pro line was developed for rapid commercial application and formulated for a perfect airless spray application and superior touch up, yet it's supplied below the price of the original Mythic Paint, now called Mythic Classic.

Seal-OnceNew Image Coatings
Seal-Once specs out as the most eco-friendly waterproofer for wood, concrete/masonry and composite decking, providing long lasting protection against water and UV damage. Seal-Once is water-based, contains no VOC'S, toxins or petroleum, plus it is non-film forming and breathable. Protects against mold and mildew, and will hot harm fish, plants, pets or people. Seal-Once can contribute to LEED credit 4.2


Onset HOBO
Onset Computer
Onset's data loggers provide reliable, accurate data in a range of energy monitoring applications, including HVAC monitoring, building energy audits, measurement & verification, and building commissioning. Their HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit is an easy-to-use, wireless system that includes everything needed to make environmental monitoring fast, cost-effective, and convenient.

Owens Corning

Owens Corning
Owens Corning's new EnergyComplete™ whole home insulation and air sealing system offers proprietary features developed by Owens Corning's dedicated Building Science & Technology team. In a groundbreaking study, they identified specific exterior joints where air is most likely to enter and escape from a home through vulnerable gaps, cracks and seams – accounting for up to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling. This insight inspired the design of the exclusive sealant formula and equipment used in EnergyComplete, which combines a flexible foam sealant with proven formaldehyde-free EcoTouch® Insulation to deliver exceptional thermal performance. Featuring Owens Corning's Flexible Seal Technology, the expanding foam penetrates deep into joints and openings to help prevent energy loss by air exchange. The durable sealant also reduces the chance of mold growth by keeping airborne moisture from entering wall cavities, and creates a first line of defense against insects and other pests.

Original Rainwater Pillow
The Original Rainwater Pillow is an innovative rainwater harvesting system designed to be stored in "pillows" in horizontal wasted space under decks and crawl space. With capacities up to 200,000 gallons, complete rainwater harvesting kits include filters, pump, pillow, and all necessary fittings. 
Booth 2304S •

Sustainable Flooring
Strandwoven Colors features organic dyes infused throughout the thickness of the bamboo. "Strandwoven" refers to a compressed and densified bamboo composite, made in a similar fashion to OSB, but with higher density. The millwork material is supplied in panel forms that can be put to use by a millworker in a variety of applications.
Booth 3474N •

Syntheon will showcase its sustainable building envelope solutions, including signature products such as its Elemix concrete additive and accel-E Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) Wall System. You can also check out Syntheon's new 16-gauge, 6-inch accel-E panel.

Teragren’s Portfolio Collection is a commercially-rated FloorScore-certified product line of wide plank strand bamboo flooring, now available in ten designer colors and textures. Using a premium engineered Välinge-patented fold-down locking system for easy installation means you can simply drop and lock each plank in place for a tight, clean seam that doesn’t require glue, staples, or nails.

Toto Cyclone
TOTO products deliver reliable and eco-friendly performance that far surpass LEED and WaterSense standards for water conservation. TOTO 1G is the industry's first one gallon per flush ultra high efficiency toilet, offering the company's state-­of-­the art Double Cyclone flushing system.
Booth 3347N •

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