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11/13/2009 11:38 AM     print story email story  

Top 10 Green Building Products of 2009 News

Some of the top green building products for 2009 include mineral wool insulation, an integrated rain-screen/insulation wall cladding for commercial buildings, a heat-pump water heater, and an energy control system for lighting in commercial buildings.

These are some of the products recognized by GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News, in its annual Top-10 Green Building Products list released yesterday at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild Conference in Phoenix.

"Our selections of the Top-10 Green Building Products represent a wide range of product types in many different application areas," noted BuildingGreen founder and executive editor Alex Wilson.

This year's list is particularly diverse, ranging from a recycled-content concrete block, to a flywheel energy storage system for data centers, a mobile solar generator for job-site power, and an advanced modular classroom for schools. A structural matrix system, Silva Cell, provides a support system for urban tree roots, helping trees survive in largely impervious environments and helping to manage stormwater runoff.

One of the nation's most innovative furniture makers, Baltix, is recognized for new products that incorporate a variety of biobased, FSC-certified, and recycled-content materials.

A major driver of 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, such as certified wood, or for the energy savings that green products can achieve. "Designers of LEED buildings are looking for green products, and manufacturers are responding," Wilson said.

The 2009 Top-10 Green Building Products are listed below:

  • Pozzotive Plus CMUs and Concrete Brick from Kingston Block
  • Thermafiber Mineral Wool Insulation Products
  • Invelope Integrated Wall Insulation and Rainscreen System
  • Baltix Recycled- and Biobased-Content Office Furniture
  • Project FROG Modular Green Classroom
  • Rheem HP-50 Heat-Pump Water Heater
  • Convia Energy-Management Infrastructure
  • Pentadyne GTX Flywheel Energy Storage
  • Silva Cell Subsurface Tree Protection and Stormwater System
  • Mobile Solar Power Generator
Two new reports on green building in the US show that the industry has a strong hold on the future, despite--or perhaps because of--the current economic downturn.


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