Table of Contents April 2008

  • Brise Soleil Product Line

    Hydro Building Systems’ Brise Soleil product line incorporates thin-film flexible solar modules manufactured by Ascent Solar.

  • Thermal Barrier

    Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ 7250i-UW Series unitized curtainwall system features a polyamide nylon structural thermal barrier.

  • Architectural Glass

    Industries has combined the solar control of Solarban 80 low-emissivity glass with its new blue-green Optiblue glass.

  • Countertops

    A contoured edge profile from VT Industries provides postformed laminate countertops—prefabricated countertops with one to three bends in the laminate—with the look and feel of granite, natural stone or solid surface at a fraction of the cost.

  • Solar Water Heaters

    Heat Transfer has introduced a line of solar water heaters for all solar thermal applications.

  • Green XLamp XR-E LEDs

    Green XLamp XR-E LEDs from Cree Inc. are 70 percent brighter than the company’s previous green power LEDs.

  • Tensotherm

    Birdair Inc. and Cabot Corp. have released Tensotherm, a composite roof system that offers the grace and flexibility of tensile roofing fabrics with the added benefits of an insulation layer.

  • Countertops And Sinks

    New River Concrete Countertops and Sinks are made of sand and gravel from the New River, which runs through North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Western Red Cedar Shingles

    Cedar Valley Manufacturing has introduced the 7 1/8-inch (181-mm) exposure to its coastal line of shingle panels that are handcrafted with 1/2-inch- (13-mm-) thick butt-mixed grain Western Red Cedar shingles.

  • Hands Free Urinal

    With hands-free operation, Zurn’s Z5798 ultra-low-consumption urinal system can accommodate 200,000 flush cycles.

  • Zero-To-10-Volt Daylight Dimmer

    Solatube International Inc.’s Zero-to-10-volt Daylight Dimmer provides scene control and time-clock based functionality.

  • The Series 526 Thermal Impact Storefront

    The Series 526 Thermal Impact Storefront from EFCO accommodates 1 5/16-inch (33-mm) insulating glass units for enhanced U-values and impact resistance.

  • Innovations

    These products will help achieve sustainability.

  • Best Intentions

    The original vegetated roof on the M Financial Building in Portland, Ore., never lived up to expectations.

  • Assessing Impact

    The Merrickville, Ontario, Canada-based Athena Institute's EcoCalculator makes life-cycle assessment available to everyone.