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Looking for sustainable products to specify in your next green building project? CADdetails has uncovered the latest in green building products and environmentally friendly design practices developed to support architects, builders, building owners and designers in their efforts to build and maintain sustainable sites. Follow the links below to learn about CADdetails.com SpecGREEN manufacturers and how the green products they offer may contribute towards the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of your next commercial or residential building or interior design.


Although "sustainability" is a fairly new term, the basic concept has been part of Acme Brick Company since its founding. Since 1891, we have built and operated our brick plants close to population centers. Today our network is 26 plants strong - and meets LEED's "local production" criterion of 500 miles' distance for nearly all of the central and southeastern United States. Acme people work hard to be good stewards of the environment. Our brick are made from quality earth clays and fired with clean natural gas in highly efficient, computer-controlled kilns. Two Alabama plants use methane from landfills. We also recycle material such as scrap clay and sawdust, incorporating them into the body of our brick. These efforts keep waste out of landfills and may help boost LEED scores. Our stewardship continues even after production ends. Through our industry-recognized reclamation programs, we have planted hundreds of thousands of trees at inactive production sites and created wetlands that offer attractive habitat for wildlife.


The environmental impact of a green roof is undeniable, and adds significantly to the LEED Point system designed by the USGC in all five major areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Green roofing replaces the green space displaced by a building, prevents excess stormwater drainage, reduces the temperature of a building and the urban heat island effect, protects and extends the useful life of a roof, and reduce energy demands. What's more, a green roof incorporating AirDrain means your design includes renewable, recycled, and locally obtained materials. Airfield Systems knows you have a choice in designing a green roof, and hopes you consider the many benefits of AirDrain.


The AWS™ Pedestal System promotes a 'green' environment! Sustainably designed, it is constructed of fully recyclable, durable ABS and PVC plastics and 100% recycled rubber. The AWS™ Pedestal System is the natural solution for ecological concerns. That's why the AWS™ Pedestal System was chosen for the Atlanta City Hall Green Roof Project, The Built Green Idea Home 2004 (2004 winner of the Gold Nugget Grand Award for Sustainable/Green Residential Project of the Year), and the New American Home at the 2004 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. That's also why the Introductory Manual for Greening Roofs (.PDF) commissioned by the Canadian government in 2002 lists the AWS™ Pedestal System as an integral part of the green solution.


Conserving the planets resources is a shared mission at Bison Deck Supports. As an environmentally conscious company, they demonstrate this commitment in everything they do – from product design and manufacturing to packaging and delivery, to internal business operations. Bison Innovative Products are dedicated to providing products that are manufactured in an environmentally sensitive and efficient manner. Their focus is to create roof deck systems and green roof environments that not only are functional and beautiful, but help to support the environment. Bison Wood Tiles utilize wood sources that have been harvested in an environmentally responsible method, designed to preserve and enhance the economic viability of rainforest hardwoods. Their preassembled wood tiles utilize two-foot slats so remnants from other manufacturers are used – furthering the efficient use of materials and reducing waste. Bison Massaranduba Wood Tiles are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).


Invisible Structures, Inc. offers a complete suite of stormwater management products which not only protect the environment, but actually enhance it. Their products process stormwater naturally, preventing erosion and soil migration, and cleaning water of contaminants. Their entire family of products is manufactured from some or all recycled plastics and can make help to impact LEED accreditation, with credits in Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.


As an advocate of sustainable design, NDS offers a number of products that may significantly contribute to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits earned. As described in the LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System, the following products can earn a project LEED credits: EZ Roll Grass Paver, EZ Roll Gravel Paver, Tufftrack, Grass Paver, Flo-Well, EZflow, Drip Irrigation.


Brampton Brick can help maximize the number of LEED credits you wish to achieve by producing a product specific to your design needs. We can work with you to determine what level of certification you wish to achieve and how to help get you there. Our Clay Brick and Concrete Products can be modified to achieve maximum LEED credits. Talk with your local Brampton Brick sales representative to learn how.


OLY-OLA EDGINGS ARE 100% RECYCLED . To be environmentally friendly and cost effective, all plastic edging manufacturers use some amount of reprocessed or recycled material to produce their edging. As in all recycled material, the more a material is used, ground up and reused, the compounds begin to weaken and break down; therefore, reprocessed material can range greatly in quality. Oly-Ola is different because they are very selective of the reprocessed material that goes into their edging products. In fact, the majority of the raw material comes from post-industrial plastics and is purchased from a consistent supplier. Oly-Ola knows what to expect and their expectations are high when it comes to choosing a material that will ultimately need to live up to our exceptional guarantee.


PolyPavement is LEED compliant and can contribute to attaining LEED Credits in many categories for pavement . Because PolyPavement incorporates natural, indigenous soil, and has a much higher SRI (Solar Reflective Index) than black asphalt, and can be up to 100% recycled, it is favored by many green builders and architects. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, PolyPavement is non-toxic to plants and animals and it contains no known carcinogenic ingredients such as vinyl acetate or acetaldehyde. It has been tested and proven safe for sensitive aquatic life and does not leach into the ground water. PolyPavement may be applied in environmentally sensitive areas without worry or concern.


SimTek Fence cares about the environment. The SimTek Fence system is made with recycled and recyclable polyethylene plastic, a maintenance-free solution. SimTek patented fence will never need painting or staining; nor will it warp, fade or crack. The product is warranted for a lifetime to be free from manufacturing defects.


For over a decade, Carolina Stalite Company has been providing the most specified and successful green roof growing media in the United States. Leaders in lightweight aggregate technology for sustainable horticulture, several award-winning green roofs in America utilize PermaTill as the growing media. Stalite Greenroof products meet all ASTM and FLL guidelines for greenroof growing media.


Surface America incorporates the industry’s widest collection of recycled materials into their surfacing systems. Surface America utilizes pre-consumer, post-consumer, pre-industrial and post-industrial recycled material components. Most of the recycled material is rubber from post-consumer tires, called SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber). Surface America products can assist architects and designers in obtaining LEED certification.


The Belden Brick Company strives to be the “Standard of Comparison” in the brick industry. This applies to all aspects of the business, from manufacturing a high quality product to maintaining a strong commitment toward environmental stewardship. The company aspires to adopt environmentally responsible practices throughout its operations. Employees are trained to recognize the value of protecting the environment. Each facility is encouraged to develop and promote manufacturing processes which reduce waste and increase recycling wherever possible. The Belden Brick Company is also aware of the sensitive nature of its greatest assets, clay and shale. The extraction of minerals from the earth is conducted with great care to ensure there are no adverse effects on the surrounding environment.


Fibar® meets the needs of growing communities and developments by providing green products and a LEED® Sustainability Analysis prepared by a LEED Green Associate.Through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building rating system – and in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (www.usgbc.org) – Fibar® can help you meet the ever changing demands of being an environmentally conscious owner, operator,developer, and community leader.


Zeager continues its good environmental practices by supplying a 100% recycled foam drainage product to the greenroof industry . Zeager's involvement started when they were approached by a leading greenroof designer - Roofscapes Inc. about their drainage product called Duradrain® which they had used as a drainage base for their various playground surfacing systems. Roofscapes incorporated this drainage product into their Roofrug® system as a drainage media and to promote root growth. Since then, there has been much excitement about this affordable system since it is excellent for retrofit situations requiring little or no structural enhancements.