BuildingGreen Announces 2013 Top-10 Green Building Products
San Francisco, CA (November 14, 2012)—
BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of GreenSpec and Environmental Building News (EBN), has announced the Top-10 Green Building Products for 2013. The eleventh annual awards, announced at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild Conference in San Francisco, are BuildingGreen's editors' picks of the most innovative green building products, drawn from product reviews published in GreenSpec and EBN.
"After a year of record droughts and floods across the country, this year's Top-10 products include several for managing moisture in buildings or for irrigating more responsibly," says BuildingGreen founder and GreenSpec executive editor Alex Wilson. "In selecting this year's products, we looked for companies addressing resilience, energy efficiency, thoughtful use of materials, cutting-edge system optimization, and other needs."
This year's selections include software for modeling heat and moisture flows, concrete masonry units with sequestration of carbon dioxide, a low-e coating for windows that opens new possibilities to energy-efficient, passive solar windows, and an LED streetlight meant to deliver 100 lumens per watt to precisely the area where the light is needed.
The 2013 selections highlight the role of building science and system-level thinking in driving today's green product innovations. Tremco's Engineered Transition Assembly, for example, integrates membranes, sheathings, and more with a focus on corners and connections, and WUFI software lets builders model the movement of heat and moisture for various materials and scenarios to fine-tune all aspects of a building assembly. The LEED rating systems also continue to encourage development of green products; GreenSpec users can find products organized by LEED credits as well as by building category and the CSI MasterFormat structure.
The BuildingGreen Top-10 Green Building Products for 2013 are listed below. More complete descriptions are available following the links below, and by downloading the complete attached list.
- WUFI software from Fraunhofer IBP and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Atlas CMU block with CarbonCure
- Amorim expanded-cork boardstock insulation
- Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assemblies from Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing
- LoE-i89 glazing from Cardinal Glass Industries
- Viridian Reclaimed Wood
- GeoSpring hybrid electric water heater from GE
- Haiku by Big Ass Fans
- XS-P Series streetlight from Cree Lighting
- Cyber Rain irrigation controllers
About GreenSpec: GreenSpec is the leading national resource for best-in-class green building products. Products are selected by BuildingGreen based on rigorous criteria developed over more than 20 years. Manufacturers do not pay to be listed in GreenSpec, and neither GreenSpec or Environmental Building News carries advertising. "Our policy of not accepting money from manufacturers allows us to be objective in our review of products," said Wilson. Environmental Building News, founded in 1992, is the oldest and most widely respected newsletter in the green building field. Other BuildingGreen resources include LEEDuser, a resource for teams pursuing certification through the LEED Rating System. BuildingGreen, Inc., celebrates its 26th year in business this year. For information on BuildingGreen resources, visit www.BuildingGreen.com or call 800-861-0954.
Editors: Alex Wilson is available for interviews about this year's Top-10 products and green building products in general. To arrange an interview, contact Jerelyn Wilson at 802-257-7300 ext. 102 or Jerelyn@BuildingGreen.com.