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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.


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.


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.


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.