10 Green Products from KBIS 2010

The company handcrafts range hoods, countertops, and fireplaces using steel recycled from old cars and appliances. Range hood offerings include the Traditional Series, boasting familiar shapes enhanced by rustic touches such as hand-forged strapping or rivets, and the Rustic Modern Series, which combines contemporary curves or straightedges with rugged patinas and accents. Also on display at the show was a soon-to-be launched steel vanity line; “The J” is shown here. 866.932.7510. www.rawurth.com. –K.T.

The company now offers its popular Karbon faucet—which features multiple joints for easy repositioning—in a smaller profile for the bath. The WaterSense-certified units come in deck-mount, wall-mount, and wide-spread options in silver or black with polished chrome or brushed nickel accents. The faucets offer two spray options—a standard stream and a more powerful option for rinsing and cleaning the sink. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com. –K.T.

An expanded line of heat pump water heaters now includes a 40-gallon model designed for smaller households with a lower hot-water demand. The HP-40 hybrid meets Energy Star requirements and offers an energy factor of 2.0, more than twice the energy efficiency of a standard storage water heater, the maker says. The HP-40 measures 21 inches in diameter, but weighs 10 pounds lighter and is 10 inches shorter than the original 50-gallon model, with an overall height of 65 1/2 inches. Three modes of operation include heat pump only, heat pump/electric elements, and electric heat only, to meet various hot water needs. www.rheemhpwh.com. –L.H.

Wynstone lavatory faucets deliver a wide, flat flow of water, reminiscent of a waterfall spout, and are WaterSense-certified. The faucets come in single-hole and single-control models in vessel or standard heights; wide-spread offerings will be added later this year. Finishes include polished chrome, brushed nickel, and tumbled bronze. 630.679.1420. www.danze.com. –K.T.

The Solon compost system provides homeowners with a place to store organic waste below the counter. Made of recycled stainless steel, the unit has a hygienic seal that contains odors, the maker claims. The product comes in a drop-in design or a flush option for stone tops. www.blancoamerica.com. –V.M.

LEDme quick-connect fixtures are designed for use with the company’s single-circuit low-voltage SoloRail and two-circuit low-voltage DuoRail systems or with canopy mounts. The new fixtures include Orb, whose circular shape was inspired by planets, and Forza, which offers a jet engine-inspired shape for an industrial feel. The LED units boast color temperatures of 3000K and deliver 280 lumens at a 20-degree beam angle; they offer a 30,000-hour life span and a dimming range from 100 percent to 15 percent. www.waclighting.com. –K.T.

Dual-flush is fine, but if you want to show you're really serious about saving water, check out the new ultra-high-efficiency toilet that has only one flushing mode: 0.8 gallons of water per flush at all times. The WaterSense-labeled unit uses a technology that compresses the water in the bowl rather than the tank for an effective flush every time, the company says. 800.831.8383. www.niagaraconservation.com. –N.M.

The Cabrio high-efficiency top-load laundry pair features 6th Sense technologies, which sense loads and adjusts cycles accordingly. The units include an Eco Monitor, which shows the user are resource-efficient their current selections are, and the washer features EcoBoost, which adjusts water temperatures and mechanical energy for efficient cleaning. According to the firm, the washer’s H2Low system senses the size of each load and can use 76 percent less water and 76 percent less energy compared to traditional top-loaders while offering more gentle cleaning. The Energy Star-qualified washer exceeds CEE Tier III specifications. www.whirlpool.com. –K.T.

Design Pro Linear packages LED lighting in strings of thin, 1/4-inch pods that can be hidden, bent around corners, and installed in tight spaces for applications such as in and around cabinets, china closets, toe kicks, and tray ceilings; the strings can be cut or extended as needed. The LED pods offer up to 75 percent energy savings versus traditional incandescent lighting, the company says, and have a life span of 20 years. Black and white finishes are available; installation can be performed with or without a lighting track accessory. The product is UL-listed. 866.558.5706. www.kichler.com. –K.T.


Seven new WhisperCeiling and WhisperLite ventilation fans have been introduced. The ceiling-mounted models, designed for 4- or 6-inch ducts, feature a new central mounting system for more installation flexibility. The units are designed to maintain their performance and quiet operation at both 0.1- and 0.25-inch water gauge (WG). At that static pressure, the WhisperCeiling and WhisperLite fans offer sone levels as low as 0.3 at 0.25-inch WG, the lowest level recognized by the Home Ventilating Institute. The new WhisperLite models feature a contemporary flush-mount grille that incorporates a 32-watt Energy Star-rated CFL light fixture and a 4-watt night light. 866.292.7292. www.panasonic.com/ventfans. –L.H.

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