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Carpet Tiles with Non-PFC Carpet Fibers from InterfaceFLOR

The vast majority of carpet today is treated with fluoropolymers (perfluorinated compounds) to provide stain resistance. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) do not readily break down in the environment and their long-term health and environmental impacts are unknown; these compounds are under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies worldwide as potentially hazardous compounds. Most InterfaceFLOR® carpet tiles come standard with non-PFC treated fibers. They are also available with GlasBac®RE recycled PVC backing that contains at least 74% total recycled content and is certified to NSF 140-2007e Platinum. The carpet tiles are Green Label Plus certified, meet ASTM E2471, and were the industry's first carpet with post-consumer recycled content type 6,6 nylon fiber. These products can be installed using InterfaceFLOR's Green Label Plus low-emitting adhesive options—Grid-Set Green Glue 2000, Grid-Set 2500, or the TacTiles installation system.

What makes this product green?

  • Post-consumer recycled content
  • Pre-consumer recycled content
  • Releases minimal pollutants
  • Reduces pollution or waste from operations

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • MR Credit 4: Recycled content
  • IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems

Reviewed in Environmental Building News, October 2010:
Carpets with No Added Stain or Dirt Repellents?

More information:
InterfaceFLOR
1503 Orchard Hill Rd.
LaGrange, GA 30240
Phone: 706-812-6511
Toll-free: 800-336-0225
www.interfaceflor.com

Media Contact:
Steve Arbaugh
VP, Brand Marketing & Experience

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Lifeline PVC-free Resilient Flooring from Upofloor OY; Imported by Altro Floors

The Lifeline series of resilient flooring, manufactured by the Finnish company Uponor and distributed in the U.S. by Altro Floors as the CS Line, is made for heavy-traffic commercial spaces yet contains no PVC, plasticizers, phthalates, halogens (including chlorine or bromine), or heavy metals. Made primarily from limestone along with an ethylene/methacrylic acid copolymer, thermoplastic resin binder, Lifeline has an ionomeric wear layer similar to a golf ball cover that is resistant to a wide variety of chemicals and disinfectants and requires minimal maintenance since dirt cannot penetrate its surface. Lifeline is certified as low-emitting by Floorscore and by Finland’s Building Information Foundation, which gave it an M1 rating for best-in-class, low overall life-cycle emissions. Lifeline is available in sheet form (tiles are available in Europe) and in a variety or colors and patterns.

What makes this product green?

  • Alternatives to hazardous components
  • Releases minimal pollutants
  • Exceptional durability or low-maintenance

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems

Reviewed in Environmental Building News, August 2011:
PVC-Free Resilient Flooring for Heavy Traffic

More information:
Altro Floors
80 Industrial Way
Wilmington, MA 01810
Toll-free: 800-377-5597
Fax: 610-746-4325
www.altrofloors.com

Media Contact:
Richard Finnegan
Marketing Communications Specialist
Phone: 978-642-0140

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CI-Girt Rainscreen System from Knight Wall Systems

Knight Wall Systems CI-Girt is a commercial rainscreen framing system that installs over rigid board insulation (a minimum 25 psi compression strength is required) to create a continuous insulation system in steel-framed buildings. Conventional rainscreen systems are attached to a building’s steel frame using metal clips. To create a exterior insulated system, the rigid insulation has to be hand-cut around each clip. The CI-Girt system, however, is screwed directly through the insulation into the building’s steel frame. Because there are no clips, installation time is reduced and there is far less thermal bridging through the insulation, allowing the system to meet ASHRAE’s definition of “continuous insulation.” The CI-Girt incorporates all the component parts of a rainscreen system—including cladding—and can accommodate up to four inches of exterior rigid foam insulation; some cladding options include thin brick, metal, composite, and terra cotta panels. The CI-Girt system is marketed by Dow Chemical as the Dow-Knight CI-System when used in conjunction with the company's Thermax rigid foam insulation.

What makes this product green?

  • Building components that reduce heating and cooling loads
  • Exceptional durability or low-maintenance

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

Reviewed in Environmental Building News, February 2011:
Continuous Insulation Rainscreen System from Knight Wall Systems
BuildingGreen.com product of the week: December 2010

More information:
Knight Wall Systems
28308 N. Cedar Rd.
Deer Park, WA 99006
Phone: 509-262-0104
Fax: 509-262-0106
www.interfaceflor.com

Media Contact:
John McIsaac
Phone: 503-481-9621

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EonCoat Waterborne Ceramic Coating from EonCoat

EonCoat is a water-borne, two-part, ceramic coating that sets almost immediately to form a dense, protective barrier on steel, aluminum, interior or exterior masonry, wood, wallboard, and a wide range of other substrates. Appropriate for commercial and industrial use, the two-part coating—Part A is phosphoric acid and Part B magnesium hydroxide ("milk of magnesia")—is mixed in the spray valve during installation, so no mixing pots are required. EonCoat dries in minutes and can produce a variety of architectural finishes in a wide range of colors. When installed over metal, the surface only requires minimal treatment to remove flaked paint; does not have to be sanded down to bare metal; and does not require a primer coat. EonCoat contains no VOCs and no hazardous air pollutants (HAPs); has the durability of a ceramic; and has a flame spread of zero without the use of flame retardants.

What makes this product green?

  • Release minimal pollutants
  • Reduce impacts from construction or demolition
  • Exceptional durability or low-maintenance

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • IEQ Credit 4.2 – Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings

LEED-EBOM Credit Relevance:

  • SS Credit 2 – Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
  • MR Credit 3 – Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions

Reviewed in Environmental Building News, April 2011:
EonCoat: Durable Corrosion Resistance with NO VOCs or Primer
BuildingGreen.com product of the week: January, 2011

More information:
EonCoat LLC
4000 Airport Dr.
Wilson, NC 27896
Phone: 252-360-3110
Fax: 252-360-3109
www.eoncoat.com

Media Contact:
Tony Williams
CEO
Phone: 252-360-3110

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Aqua2use Graywater System from Water Wise Group, Inc.

The Aqua2use graywater system collects water from the shower, laundry, lavatory sinks, and bath and channels it through a four-stage filtration system into a 21-gallon, 24" x 15" x 20" high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tank to create water suitable for outdoor irrigation. The system’s control box automatically triggers the pump when the tank is filled to distribute the water to irrigation lines. These systems can also be configured in some situations without a pump, relying on gravity flow. The reusable filters have a 15,000-gallon capacity and should be cleaned every four to six months, depending on use.

What makes this product green?

  • Fixtures and equipment that conserve water

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • WE Credit 1: Water Efficient Landscaping
  • WE Credit 2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies

More information:
Water Wise Group, Inc.
1580 Granache Way
Templeton, CA 93465
Phone: 805-468-4920
www.waterwisegroup.com

Media Contact:
Remy Sabiani
Founder & CEO
Phone: 805-468-4920

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Cypress Envirosystems Analog-to-Digital Wireless Thermostat and Other Controls

Cypress Envirosystems offers analog-to-digital wireless controls for commercial thermostats, lighting, and other equipment. The systems allow older controls to be managed remotely to achieve significant energy savings. Engineered for retrofit applications, the company’s Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) provides the ability to wirelessly control setpoints for daytime zone and night setback temperatures without having to change out pneumatic pipes, run wires, or open up walls or ceilings. These thermostats can be selected with options integrating them into building automation systems and can be used for utility demand response programs. Lighting controls and wireless monitoring systems for air handlers, chillers, and boilers are also available. These products install in a fraction of the time of a full digital retrofit, with installation performed by installers certified by Cypress.

What makes this product green?

  • Equipment that conserves energy and manages loads
  • Building components that reduce heating and cooling loads

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning

LEED-CI Credit relevance:

  • EA Credit 1.2 – Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Controls
  • EA Credit 1.3 – Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC

More information:
Cypress Envirosystems
198 Champion Court
San Jose, CA 95134
Phone: 408-943-2800
www.cypressenvirosystems.co

Media Contact:
David K. Roberts
Director of Marketing
Phone: 415-686-5596

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Ritter XL Solar Thermal System from Regasol USA

Ritter XL Solar combines three unique technologies—advanced evacuated tubes, compound parabolic reflectors, and water as a heat-transfer fluid—to create large-scale compound parabolic concentrating (CPC) solar thermal systems for use in commercial, multifamily, or industrial applications that have high hot water demand. Distributed in the North America by Regasol USA, Ritter custom designs the XL systems so they are able to use water, which is very efficient at transferring heat energy, rather than glycol, which is more commonly used to prevent freezing. Using water also simplifies integration of the system into the building network. These complex systems use Ritter’s sophisticated Aqua controller and can provide high-temperature water year-round, even in cold climates.

What makes this product green?

  • Renewable energy and fuel cells

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 2: On-Site Renewable Energy

Reviewed in Environmental Building News, September 2011:
The World’s Most Efficient Solar Thermal Collector

More information:
Regasol USA
1927 West Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: 570-517-5380
www.ritter-xl-solar.com

Media Contact:
Michael DiPaolo
President
Phone: 570-517-5380

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Mitsubishi Electric’s Ductless Heat Pumps and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems with Tenant Submetering

Mitsubishi Electric’s split-ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air-source heat pump systems supply efficient heating and cooling for residential and commercial applications. These systems are comprised of outdoor condensers, controllers, and interior air-handling units supplied by refrigerant lines carrying ozone-safe R-410a refrigerant. Mitsubishi Electric has been at the leading edge of the air-source heat pump revolution in recent years—providing efficient systems that significantly outperform older, unitary heat pumps, especially at low outdoor temperatures, in which air-source heat pumps in the past have not been practical. The residential M-series models are available with SEER ratings as high as 26. Some are available with wireless controls and Mitsubishi’s “Hyper-Heating Inverter” (H2i) technology, allowing operation at outside temperatures as low as -13°F (-25°C). For multifamily application, the company’s VRF systems can be configured with “tenant billing” that allows a single outside unit to serve up to 50 individual zones, with total electricity consumption apportioned according to the heated or chilled air delivered by the indoor units for separate billing to tenants.

What makes this product green?

  • Equipment that conserves energy and manages loads
  • Alternatives to ozone-depleting substances

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

More information:
Mitsubishi Electric Coiling & Heating
3400 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 678-376-2900
Fax: 678-376-2890
www.mitsubishielectric.com

Media Contact:
Jordan Wells
Account Manager
Phone: 888-420-0256

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AllSun Trackers from AllEarth Renewables

The AllSun Tracker combines photovoltaic (PV) collectors, inverters, and controls with a ground-mounted, dual-axis tracker that uses GPS to follow the sun across the sky and maximize the amount of light hitting the panels. The company claims the tracking system helps produce 35%–45% more energy than a standard fixed system. AllEarth Renewables’ Series 20 system, for smaller residences, is rated at 4.2 kW (peak), and the company’s Series 24, designed for larger residences or small businesses, is rated at 5.5 kW. In the northern Vermont climate, these systems should deliver approximately 5,900 kWh and 7,700 kWh, respectively. These grid-tied systems are 22-feet wide and either 18- or 20-feet high for the Series 20 or 24 model, respectively. Sophisticated controls follow the sun precisely as it moves across the sky morning to night. Upon “waking” in the morning, they tilt to the north to dump accumulated snow, and in high wind they move to a “stow” position parallel with the ground to minimize wind resistance. AllSun Trackers come with a 10-year warranty covering the entire system, including inverter, and a 25-year warranty on the collectors.

What makes this product green?

  • Renewable energy and fuel cells

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • EA Credit 2: On-Site Renewable Energy

More information:
AllEarth Renewables
94 Harvest Ln.
Williston, VT 05495
Phone: 802-872-9600
www.allearthrenewables.com

Media Contact:
Andrew Savage
Phone: 802-872-9600 ext. 118

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Philips EnduraLEDs from Philips Lighting

Philips' EnduraLED A19 was engineered as a replacement for the 60-watt incandescent light bulb and is the first such LED bulb to be Energy Star qualified. When turned off, the EnduraLED has a unique yellow appearance due to the phosphors used, but once turned on the yellow becomes a warm-white light with a 2700 K color temperature—similar to a typical 60-watt incandescent. This bulb is currently available in a 12.5-watt version with a color rendering index (CRI) of 80, but a 10-watt version with a CRI of 90 recently completed 18 months of testing to become the first winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition awarded to an LED capable of meeting performance metrics for light quality, color, and output. This latter version should be available in 2012. The EnduraLED A19 is fully dimmable, has an average rated lifespan of 25,000 hours, and comes with a three-year limited warranty. Philips also makes 40- and 75-watt incandescent-equivalent bulbs.

What makes this product green?

  • Equipment that conserves energy and manages loads
  • Improves light quality
  • Exceptional durability or low-maintenance

LEED-NC Credit relevance:

  • EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

More information:
Philips Lighting
200 Franklin Square Dr.
P.O. Box 6800
Somerset, NJ 08875
Phone: 732-563-3000
Toll-free: 800-555-0050
Fax: 732-563-3125
www.lighting.philips.com/nam.com

Media Contact:
Silvie Casanova
Phone: 781-418-7928

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