There was a time when the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
was largely dedicated to commercial and civic architecture, but in recent years organizers have made huge strides in attracting companies that offer loads of residential products.
“The residential sector is at the heart of green building,” the show’s website states. “The LEED for Homes program alone recently celebrated a milestone of 20,000 certified homes.” This year, the show held its 5th annual Greenbuild Residential Summit, attempting to figure out “how to continue to move the residential market further and faster toward high-performing, healthy homes.”
There is no substitute for proper orientation, good air sealing, and a well-built envelope, but sustainable products play a big role in crafting a green, energy-efficient home. On Day 2, we found some products that go a long way toward accomplishing this goal. The list includes salvage teak products from Java, an outlet that allows users to monitor energy use, and a building insulation system made from hemp.
To see 11 of the latest green building products that caught our eye, check out the slideshow.
Nigel F. Maynard is a senior editor at Builder.