Get More Green (Building Products, that Is)

Bring the benefits of the green building movement into your home with these eco-friendly products.

Milgard wood clad doors
Photo: Courtesy of milgard.com

INSULATION
According to the National Audubon Society's energy guide, properly insulating your home can save up to $135 in energy costs per year. With concerns about indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency on the rise, some manufacturers heed the call with eco- and health-friendly options at prices often comparable to conventional insulations.

• BioBased Systems' BioBased 501 spray-in insulation (a soy-based polyurethane foam) expands to fill cracks and crevices, creating an airtight seal with high thermal resistance ( biobased.net).

• Made almost entirely from postindustrial cotton and denim fibers, Bonded Logic Inc.'s UltraTouch batting contains no chemical irritants ( bondedlogic.com).

• CertainTeed's GreenGuard-certified InsulSafe SP blow-in insulation is odor- and formaldehyde-free ( certainteed.com).

• Johns Manville's Spider fiberglass insulation resists mold and is formaldehyde-free ( jm.com).

ROOFING
When it comes to roofing, durable, eco-friendly alternatives such as slate, metal, and composite- or recycled-material tiles deliver looks and performance.

• EcoStar's Majestic Slate Traditional tiles are a resource-friendly alternative to slate. Made from recycled plastic and rubber, the durable tiles have superior fire- and impact-resistance ratings; available in nine colors ( ecostar.carlisle.com).

• Re-New Wood Eco-Shake shingles (made from 100 percent recycled vinyl and cellulose fiber) resist fading, are fire-retardant, and can withstand extreme weather conditions ( renewwood.com).

• Made from 98 percent post-consumer recycled metals, Rustic Shingles mimic the look of wood shake shingles, but will never warp, crack, or mold ( classicmetalroofingsystems.com).

WINDOWS & DOORS
If you're in the market for new windows and doors, look for models with a low U-Factor (the measurement of a window's heat flow). On average, U-Factor values range from 0.25 to 1.25. Even better, save energy and dollars by sealing air leaks around existing windows and doors with caulk.

• Andersen's 400 Series windows feature dual-pane glass with an argon chamber for added insulation. High-performance low-E4 glass, according to the company, makes the windows up to 41 percent more energy-efficient than standard ( andersenwindows.com).

• JELD-WEN's moisture-resistant AuraLast wood windows and doors are manufactured using a water-based treatment that vastly decreases volatile organic compounds ( jeld-wen.com).

• Pella's Designer Series patio doors and windows have double- or triple-pane glass to cut heating/cooling costs and to keep between-the-glass shades safe and dust-free ( pella.com).

CABINETRY
Green up your kitchen or bathroom with eco-friendly cabinetry, available in a variety of styles and finishes.

• Made from plywood that is LEED-certified, Greenway Cabinetry Inc.'s Breathe Easy kitchen and bathroom cabinets are formaldehyde-free, and use only water-based glues and low- to no-VOC finishes ( breatheeasycabinetry.com).

• Neil Kelly Cabinets' Naturals Collection includes clean-lined cabinets made from recycled and Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood; they're available in low-VOC paint finishes such as Buttermilk, Gingham, Pale Lavender, or in natural oil or wax ( neilkellycabinets.com).

For unique and resource-conscious drawer and cabinet pulls, try one of the following:

• Aurora Glass pulls, hand-made from 100 percent recycled glass ( auroraglass.org).

• Schaub & Company's Michigan Naturals knobs, made from Great Lakes stones and 100 percent recycled brass ( schaubandcompany.com).

KITCHEN & LAUNDRY APPLIANCES
• Bosch's 800 Series Evolution dishwasher is equipped with a condensation drying system that eliminates the need for an active drying agent ( boschappliances.com).

• For small kitchens, consider space-saving options such as Fisher & Paykel's Double DishDrawer. You can run one drawer at a time to accommodate smaller loads and minimize energy, water, and detergent usage ( fisherpaykel.com).

• Maytag's Epic high-efficiency front-loading washer is Energy Star-certified and features automatic water-level sensor and temperature control ( maytag.com).

• Fisher & Paykel's top-loading AquaSmart washer and AeroSmart dryer are energy- and water-efficient ( fisherpaykel.com).

FIREPLACES
Energy-efficient fireplaces can supply heat to a room without the electrical costs.

• Lennox Hearth Product's Country Collection stoves (formerly Country Stoves) are EPA Phase II-certified for clean, efficient burning, and are available in wood- and pellet-burning models ( lennoxhearthproducts.com).

• Miles Industries' fireplaces do not require an electrical hook-up to provide energy-efficient radiant heat; remote control and programmable options are also available ( milesfireplaces.com).

    1 of 1

    Most Popular

    1. 100 Comfy Cottage Rooms 

      Develop your coastal cottage’s style by following these simple tricks.
    2. Top 21 Beaches, Coast to Coast
    3. 20 Beautiful Beach Cottages
    4. 25 Salmon Recipes
    5. 29 Delicious Salads