courtesy Kawneer The 1600UT System 1 Curtain Wall from Kawneer

From external panels made from renewable raw materials to a water dispenser that mitigates pollution, designers Tori Wickard, Carlos Madrid III, and Theresa Genovese share go-to products that can help contribute to a greener built environment.

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Tori Wickard, AIA

Senior Project Architect, Perkins&Will


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Accoya: Acetylated Wood
“This FSC-certified wood has a 50-year warranty, is Cradle to Cradle Gold–certified for material health, and is LBC Red List Free. This salvageable product also has a low carbon footprint.”

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Armstrong: Invisacoustics
“This plant-based option is a hidden acoustical solution that installs to the deck, with an NRC up to 0.75. It is a low-carbon product, made with recycled content, and is recyclable and reusable if installed on channels.”

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Mermet: GreenScreen Revive
“This 100% recyclable rollershade fabric is a translucent polyester available in 1% and 5% openness preferred to traditional PVC fabrics. It is Cradle to Cradle Bronze and LBC Red List Free, and eligible for GreenScreen’s fabric takeback program.”

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Carlos Madrid III

Associate Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Los Angeles

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Turf: Straight Ceiling Baffles
“These PET felt ceiling baffles, as shown in our MGAC’s Los Angeles Office project, yield a rich texture while optimizing the volume of the space. They have an NRC 0.75 acoustic rating, and are LBC Red List Free.”

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Baux: Wood Wool Panels
“This acoustic product is an environmentally friendly, recyclable material made from wood wool, cement, and water. The organic texture and curated color palette yield environments that are casually sophisticated.”

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Zip Water: HydroTap
“The life cycle of disposable water bottles uses fossil fuels and contributes to global warming. Why pollute when you can have filtered boiling, chilled, or even sparkling water at your fingertips?"

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Theresa Genovese, AIA

Principal, CetraRuddy

New York

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Fundermax: Exterior Panels
“We’ve used these durable, 10 mm–thick, high-pressure laminate panels of rapidly renewable raw materials, with the wood-grain facing, for projects including a new campus for Choice Schools in India.”

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Kawneer: 1600UT System 1 Curtain Wall
“This high-performance system offers advantages in double- or triple-pressure-glazed systems. The exterior captured curtain wall meets seismic criteria, and its thermal barrier resists material fatigue, a common design challenge.”

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Graham Architectural Products: W4500 Series Window Wall
“Effective for multifamily projects, this system offers various ventilating styles, all with strict specs for air infiltration, STC, and U-value.”

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