Alex Wilson, this year's winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, selected EnGuard Insulation by Vita Nonwovens as the BuildingGreen Product of the Week following Greenbuild in Chicago. The 100% polyester insulation product is made with recycled plastic bottles, or, more specifically, 15% post-consumer and 35% pre-consumer recycled content.
A new company operating out of the Pacific Northwest, Environite Building Products, recently introduced its signature solid-surface product, Environite. It’s a cast-to-size material made with roughly 90% recycled content — recycled glass and discarded post-consumer and post-industrial materials — and both VOC- and styrene-free, according to the company. Environite is available in several colors, though the white countertop pictured may be hard to beat.
For the ninth year in a row, BuildingGreen has announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. BuildingGreen sifts the products from additions to the GreenSpec Directory, coverage in Environmental Building News, and blogs on BuildingGreen. Here are seven products from the list to keep on the radar:
NanaWall Systems, maker of beautiful folding door systems, just announced a partnership with Lamboo, maker of laminated bamboo, pursuant to which the companies will offer the first door system in the country with laminated bamboo framing. The product will help contribute toward LEED certification in a number of areas, according to a press release.
Nashville-based musician Matt Glassmeyer sent us photos of this adaptive use roof built with unplayable old vinyl records. Glassmeyer said in an email that he used his own collection and records collected via Craigslist. After designing the patio roof, he put a dab of caulk in the record hole and nailed each disc down in an overlapping pattern using large washers and roofing nails. And there's been no leakage even in heavy rains or melted records because the roof is not directly exposed to sunlight. How about that!
When looking for an eco-friendly countertop, there are various factors to consider and literally hundreds of options. Here's another one to consider: Rivers' Edge Countertops, Inc., an Oklahoma company that makes concrete and recycled glass surfaces. The company sources post-consumer recycled glass — bottles, dinnerware, windows, safety glass, and light bulbs — from a local recycling center, making surfaces with 75-80% recycled content and a cement base bolstered with crushed granite.