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New building products from Greenbuild help to meet LEED standards

New building products from Greenbuild help to meet LEED standards. Picture: Tarkett's modular rubber flooring collection Pentagonals (Courtesy Tarkett)

Meeting LEED standards isn’t easy. If you’re trying to design a healthy building environment, a great place to start is Greenbuild, the annual conference and expo dedicated to sustainability in the built environment. From November 20 to 22, professionals in architecture, design, construction, engineering, and planning flocked to Chicago’s McCormick Place to learn more about environmentally friendly building materials and practices. You’ll find our favorite products that we saw below. Each answering to a different set of needs, they help to enhance building efficiency, human health and wellbeing, and promote sustainable design.

Landmark Premium Double Hung Window Silber

(Courtesy Silber)

Landmark Premium Double Hung Window Silber

(Courtesy Silber)

Landmark Premium Double Hung Window 
Silber

Double hung?! Silber’s Landmark Premium Double Hung window opens in two directions: outward and downward. It is passive house–rated with thermal insulation and a multi-point locked, triple gasketed sash, making it airtight.

Formawall with Halogen-Free Insulating Foam Core CENTRIA

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Formawall with Halogen-Free Insulating Foam Core
CENTRIA

Dress up the facade and meet sustainability goals with Formawall. It can be used to make both vertical and horizontal designs. Better yet, the insulated panel system makes for a healthy building environment with a halogen-free foam core that provides thermal efficiency and moisture control.

Mermet USA GreenScreen Nature Draper

(Courtesy Draper)

Mermet USA GreenScreen Nature
Draper

High-tech shade expert Draper paired up with sun control textile purveyor Mermet to offer a 100 percent fiberglass shade that’s 100 percent recyclable. GreenScreen Nature blocks up to 51 percent of sun, undesired heat, and harmful UV rays, helping to meet those green LEED building codes. It is offered in seven mineral-toned colors.  

Metropolitan AF-690 Benjamin Moore

(Courtesy Benjamin Moore)

Metropolitan AF-690 Benjamin Moore

(Courtesy Benjamin Moore)

Metropolitan AF-690
Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is a cool, very agreeable shade of gray dubbed Metropolitan AF-690. Featuring cool undertones in a “neutral spectrum,” the shade and its harmonious 15 corresponding hues create “impactful common ground.” Living up to its namesake, it makes any room look “Metropolitan AF.”

Tarkett Pentagonals

(Courtesy Tarkett)

Pentagonals
Tarkett

Pentagonals is a collection of colorful modular tiles made of rubber, making it perfect for high-traffic areas. Pick and choose three different shapes to create virtually endless design combinations. And, with the help of Tarkett’s online visualizer tool, you can get motivated by the online inspiration gallery and create custom layouts with the design platform.

Aromatic Cedar Columbia Forest Products

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Aromatic Cedar
Columbia Forest Products

Bye-bye pests and mildew! Cedar protects kitchens, pantries, basements, and indoor spaces alike from stink with its inherent natural properties (especially its scent). Columbia Forest Products’ ¼-inch-by-4-feet-by-8-feet aromatic cedar plywood panels are offered in both mirrored and symmetrical styles.

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