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Green Builder Media's 2016 Readers' Choice Awards

Many of the top brands are shoring up their positions with ramped-up R&D, and an emphasis on connected technology.

IN THIS YEAR’S READERS’ CHOICE SURVEY, we noticed an emphasis on durability: efficient, high-quality products and materials that will last a lifetime. But, we had to ask, if green products last longer, won’t companies sell fewer of them? Will success ultimately hurt them? The example of GE may shed some light. Among our readers at least, the company has solidified its position as the go-to sustainable brand, especially in the lighting and appliances categories. Interestingly, GE has sold its appliances division and has added a new division focused on automation and controls, clearly marking a transition from a manufacturer of durable goods to a company invested in connected technology. This new focus on service will likely keep them in the game for a long time.

See the slideshow below for the complete results.

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Delta Breez Smart

Delta BreezSmart Series

Delta BreezSmart Series is the perfect ventilation solution for today’s larger, spa-style bathrooms. Delivering high air movement at 130 CFM and 150 CFM, BreezSmart Series is virtually silent at <0.3 Sones, and consumes less than 18 watts of power to reduce energy use and operating costs. Innovative DC brushless motors in every fan are engineered to outlast AC models by as much as 70%. Choose from single speed or dual speed models, or motion-sensing and humidity-sensing options with adjustable low speed and delay timers. All models are ENERGY STAR qualified and comply with ASHRAE 62.2requirements to meet your sustainability initiatives.

 

Andersen Windows' 100 Series

Andersen Windows' 100 Series

Andersen Windows' 100 Series is a budget-friendly series engineered with Fibrex® composite material for durability, sustainability and energy-efficiency. It's twice as strong as vinyl and provides low-maintenance exteriors with clean corners for a refined look.

The commitment to sustainability has inspired Andersen to look at ways to use more of each piece of wood and to be even more creative in using production byproducts. Sawdust can be transformed into something new that can make windows better and at the same time help make us more responsible in how we use wood.

Owens Corning HPBE Foam

Owens Corning

FOAMULAR® Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) rigid foam insulation products by Owens Corning deliver a wide range of high performance insulation solutions. The moisture resistance and thermal insulating capabilities of FOAMULAR® provide a solution for thermal bridging. FOAMULAR® is easy to install and XPS foam is certified to meet the GREENGUARD Gold Certification program’s indoor air quality standards.

GE GeoSpring Pro hybrid electric water heaterThe Water Heater That Saves

The GeoSpring™ Pro hybrid electric water heater from GE Appliances brings a new level of energy efficiency to your builds. Heat pump technology produces the same amount of hot water as a traditional electric water heater, while reducing energy costs for homeowners by more than half. GeoSpring can also help improve HERS scores by 4-7 points.

Visit geappliances.com/pro for details.

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