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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.


Utilizing aerogel insulation technology developed by NASA - the highest insulating material in existence - Thermablok® is a highly efficient, aerogel-based insulating material that breaks conductive "thermal bridging" and can increase the overall wall R-value by more than 40 percent. Aerogel, also referred to as "frozen smoke," has been difficult to adapt to most uses because of its fragility. The patented Thermablok material overcomes this by using a unique fiber to suspend a proprietary formula of aerogel so that it can be bent or compressed while still retaining its amazing insulation properties. Now available to the building industry, just one, 3/8-inch x 1½-inch (6.25mm x 38mm) strip of Thermablok added to each stud before hanging drywall is all that is needed to tackle thermal bridging and achieve maximum R-factor value. Thanks to its hydrophobic properties, Thermablok will not age, mold, or mildew. Thermablok is environmentally safe and recyclable.


Alumi-Guard partners with local foundries who produce our extrusions with 80% recycled materials from local sources. Aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth and is one of the most recycled products. Recycling aluminum uses about 5% of the energy required to create aluminum from bauxite. Additionally, recycled aluminum saves 95% of the green house gas emission from primary aluminum production and can be recycled indefinitely with no loss in quality. The installation of Alumi-Guard products contributes towards obtaining LEED points within the USGBC System. Alumi-Guard’s powder coating offers an environmentally friendly solution for architectural environments. With no solvents and virtually no VOCs, the powder coating process results in a cleaner, safer finishing operation. High transfer efficiencies (up to 98 percent), achieved through reclamation, and fewer rejects, make it one of the most efficient coating solutions on the market. These powders are formulated to meet the rigorous 2604 & 2605 specifications of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and also qualify for LEED Green Building credits. Alumi-Guard has only 1% ± of waste from our coating line.


Ametco powder coating process is solvent free. The powder is formulated using finley ground pigments and resins with zero solvents resulting in a clean air finish and next to zero VOCs. The electrostatic powder to substrate process equates to very little overspray, of which 98% can be retrieved and reused. This would qualify for LEED points only if it is used indoors. Ametco is continuing to work on improving their product line. These changes may increase the LEED points your project can earn.


CertainTeed supports sustainable building and manufacturing practices with their comprehensive line of environmentally friendly fence, railing and deck products. CertainTeed fence, railing and deck is 99% recyclable and does not require chemical treatment or painting. CertainTeed's composite railing is made of 40-75% recycled material, and the vinyl products contain at least 10% internally recycled material. In addition, CertainTeed products feature a long life span and low maintenance, which helps to conserve natural resources.


In keeping with the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," DeepStream Designs are proud to introduce their LEED Commercial Recycling Bins & Planters built with HDPE planks made from recycled milk jugs. With the same sophisticated design as their Mariner Planter and Audubon Recycling Bin, their Commercial Collection, is the ultimate Environmental statement in a no-nonsense “set it and forget it” package, perfect for restaurants, commercial installations and residential projects. Working with recycled plastic lumber not only reduces production costs, but it also requires NO maintenance, reducing your cost of ownership over time compared to wood planters. The plastic lumber they use is made from recycled post-consumer HDPE (high-density polyethylene) from milk jugs and other polyethylene packaging that would normally be destined for landfills. DeepStream Designs gives back to the environment by planting trees in HAITI through "Trees for the Future".


Yes, Vinyl IS Green. Aside from having No Deck or Roof (which uses NO products, consumes NO energy, and creates NO landfill waste or need to recycle), Duradek is your GREEN choice for Outdoor Waterproof Flooring. When compared to products that perform the SAME function, consider the following: PVC's one-step application and longevity compare favorably to the multiple application and reapplication requirements of liquid-applied systems, saving many trips to the job, which in turn consumes less energy. As a waterproof roof or deck, compared to alternatives, DURADEK IS THE GREENER CHOICE!


Jerith Aluminum Fences are made from 47.5% recycled content and Jerith Patriot Ornamental Wire Fences are made from 67.7% recycled content. Projects using Jerith products are eligible for 2 points in the MR Credit 4: Recycled Content category. If further information is needed regarding LEED, please call Jerith's Customer Service Department at 800-344-2242 or email at cs@jerith.com.


Sill Plate is a tough, versatile pressure-treated lumber. Like borate-treated lumber, it’s guaranteed to stop termites and prevent decay, plus it’s compatible with carbon steel (black iron) fasteners. But unlike borate-treated lumber, it requires no special handling. ProWood's sill plate lumber is both reliable and easy to work with, combining the advantage of several green certifications with the power to stand up to decades of pests and the elements. Sill plate MCA (micronized copper azole) treated lumber is approved for any aboveground exterior application. Whenever the situation calls for superior quality pressure-treated lumber, consider the product that can handle it all.


S.I. Storey Lumber Company believes their practices are sound and environmentally friendly. Most of their employees live near where they work or have multi-generational ties to the area in which they operate. The company grew up here and still lives here. This is their neighborhood and they take pride in that. They take care of their surroundings and believe in the product they produce. One of the advantages of wood is that it is the best insulator of all structural building materials, with millions of tiny air cells trapped within its cellular structure providing a barrier against heat and cold. An inch of wood is 15 times as efficient an insulator as concrete, 400 times as efficient as steel, and 1,770 times as efficient as aluminum. So, homes and other buildings built with wood require far less energy to heat and cool, thus conserving fossil fuels and coal. Another benefit of using wood is that it is reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable.


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.


TimberTech has the perfect balance of quality and sustainability. TimberTech decking, railing and fencing products are an attractive, low-maintenance alternative to wood and a one-time purchase for most homeowners. Since TimberTech products will not splinter or warp and don’t require any staining or sealing, the wasteful cycle of repair and replacement typical of wood is dramatically reduced. TimberTech creates products with the environment in mind. No trees are cut down for the purpose of making TimberTech products. Their wood flour is recycled from the woodworking industry and keeps more than 100 million pounds of wood waste out of landfills each year. More than 28 million pounds of scrap product is reclaimed and put back into their manufacturing process each year, which saves even more wood and plastic waste from reaching landfills. TimberTech is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council.


Trex is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), developed in part by USGBC, is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED is a point-based system and grades projects that are able to satisfy specific green building criteria. Products can contribute to points under the rating system since LEED criteria are performance-based.


Ultra is proud to use recycled aluminum in their products. Aluminum is the most commonly recycled metal in the world. Ultra Aluminum's Powercoat™ coating process is environmentally friendly and virtually pollution-free.