This short list of green building products was selected from a pool of products nominated by our readers and the readers of Sustainable Industries. A panel of expert judges sifted through the nominees to determine the top ten of the bunch.
Winners were selected based on environmental performance, scalability/market impact, innovativeness, design aesthetic, value and compatibility with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.
Some green building products are developed to tackle big problems. Not the modlet. The device, which is short for “the modern outlet,” was created in response to millions of tiny problems. Specifically, it aims to curtail power wasted by plug-in appliances when they’re not in use. Read more about Modlet>
Mobile Solar Power System
Pure Power Distribution designed its Mobile Solar Power System to replace dirty, noisy diesel generators, which create air pollution in the form of carbon dioxide, particulate matter and carcinogenic compounds. Read more about Mobile Solar Power System>
The Juice Bar isn’t a building product in the conventional sense, but our panel of judges said that accommodating electric vehicles is something that designers and builders increasingly need to consider. By 2015, automakers are expected to sell more than 3 million electric vehicles worldwide, according to a report by Pike Research, with almost 5 million charging stations being installed. Read more about Juice Bar>
When Sam Pardue learned it would cost $35,000 to replace the distinctive-but-leaky windows on his 100-year-old Portland home, he saw an opportunity. The solution? Indow Windows. Inspired by the thermal lining of refrigerator doors, these thermal inserts can achieve 94 percent of the energy savings of double-pane replacements at a fraction of the cost. Read more about Indow Windows>
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