These durable, efficient products will last for years-and save you money in the long run.

By Allen B. Bunting
January 31, 2007

Building Products
Choose sustainably harvested and reclaimed wood flooring, orchemical-free recycled or manufactured alternatives such as carpet,stone, brick, and tile.

Armstrong; 800/233-3823 or
EcoTimber; 415/258-8454 or
Endura Wood Products; 503/233-7090 or
Flooring Alternatives; 510/550-4449 or
Golden Look; 800/433-5397 or
Greener Lifestyles; 206/545-4405 or
Interface FLOR; 866/281-3567 or
Mohawk; 800/266-4295 or
Teragren; 800/929-6333 or

Look for natural and recycled fibers without chemicaladditives or offgassing from volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Bonded Logic, Inc.; 480/812-9114 or
InnoTherm; 828/466-1147 or
Johns Manville; 800/654-3103 or
GreenFiber; 800/228-0024 or

Windows and Doors
Opt for designs that minimize wear and tear. Seek EnergyStar-certified products to help reduce power bills, and buyimpact-resistant and UV-protective glass to guard yourinteriors.

Andersen Windows and Doors; 888/888-7020 or
Comfort Line, Ltd.; 800/522-4999 or
Henselstone Window & Door Systems; 540/937-5796 or
JELD-WEN; 877/535-3462 or
Marvin Windows and Doors; 888/537-7828 or
Pella; 800/374-4758 or
PGT WinGard;
Simonton Windows; 800/542-9118 or

Paints and Finishes
Read labels to find finishes with low to no offgassing.

American Clay; 866/404-1634 or
Auro; 888/302-9352 or
Benjamin Moore;
Ecological Paint; 520/628-1553 or
Olympic, available at Lowe's; 800/445-6937 or
Rodda Paint;
Safecoat; 800/239-0321 or
Sundance catalog's Prairie Paint; 800/422-2770 or
Yolo Colorhouse; 503/493-8275 or

Framework and Exterior Finishes
Shop for hurricane-resistant bracing systems andlow-maintenance composites that protect natural resources. Theselong-lasting products won't warp, rot, or crack, even in coastalenvironments.

AZEK; 877/275-2935 or
Eldorado Stone;
Simpson Strong Tie;
Tamko Building Products (also offers composite roofingsystems);
TimberTech; 800/307-7780 or
Trex; 800/289-8739 or
Trimax Building Products; 866/987-4629 or

Appliances and Fixtures
Renovating a kitchen? Look for the Energy Star label onappliances. When shopping for bath fixtures, choose dual-flushtoilets and other water-saving devices.

Broan; 800/558-1711 or
GE Appliances; 800/626-2005 or
Jenn-Air; 800/688-1100 or
Lennox; 800/953-6669 or
Moen; 800/289-6636 or
NuTone; 888/336-3948 or
Toto; 888/295-8134 or
Viking; 888/845-4641 or

Look for the Energy Star label here, too. The bulbs listedbelow last longer and save more energy than incandescent bulbs.They also help purify the air.

Greenlite; 800/930-2111 or
Ozone Lite; 800/494-8292 or