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FSI GreenFire Fire Suppressant

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Apr 13, 2020 12:23:07 PM

Greenfire hand spraying-300-webGreenFire® fire suppressant is everything its name implies. Unlike many other chemicals used in firefighting, GreenFire doesn’t harm the environment, waterways, people or animals. Its non-corrosive, specialized foam composition has even been certified by NSF International as being safe around food. That’s great news for homeowners, people with pets or anyone who is into recreational activities, and even people who build and service homes.

Capable of functioning as a fire suppressant and retardant, GreenFire is especially useful for high-fire risk areas with heavy consumables or flammable building products—such as in-wall use during plumbing repairs. The product adheres to surfaces of any angle to smother flames completely. The foam also soaks into porous materials and removes heat far quicker than other suppressants. After usage, cleanup only require a little soap and water, according to NSF.
Fire Suppression Innovations (FSI) offers GreenFire through a number of products, from portable stainless steel fire extinguishers—certified effective against Class A and B fires, with Class D and K certification pending—to vehicular units.

For more information: www.firesinc.com

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Nano Super-Efficient Toilet

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 13, 2020 12:11:04 PM

Nano_Angle_AccentTile 300-weThe Nano, a high-efficiency dual-flush toilet, aims to vastly reduce the amount of water wasted by everyday users. With toilets making up 24 percent of a household’s water use, reducing the flush volume easily allows for water savings. And, careful design innovations allow this unit to perform its essential feature without clogging.

With flush options of 0.5 and 0.8 gallons per flush (GPF)—much lower than the industry standard—the Nano beats even the 1 GPF models from competitors that have begun to show up in the marketplace. Niagara’s secret is a flushing system called Stealth. It’s a well-tested and effective discharge system that pressurizes water to remove solids more efficiently. This reduces the risk of clogs, yet is not overly loud in the flush or the refill phase.

Both of the dual flush options of the product meet and exceed WaterSense standard, and save up to 82 percent more water than less-efficient products. Such a reduction in water use also assists properties in meeting standards required for green lending and net-zero building.

For more information: niagaracorp.com

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Nasoni Fountain Faucets

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 13, 2020 12:05:54 PM

Nasoni Fountain 2-webNasoni Fountain Faucets are the world’s first such items and they are quite the sight. With the flip of a switch, the product’s patented Dynamic Fountain Flow Technology redirects the path of water from the downspout to the fountain hole at the top of the downspout. Washing a face, brushing teeth, shaving or simply taking a drink just became a lot easier—and a lot more efficient.

When used in fountain mode, the faucet uses 88 percent less water than existing faucets. The potential water saving in the U.S. could be as high as 136 billion gallons annually just from toothbrushing alone, which is the equivalent of over 9 million backyard swimming pools.
Nasoni can reduce the possibility of sickness and ill health, for consumers and installers. Water fountains are self-cleaning; simply turn them on and anything present is rinsed away, providing access to clean drinking water without the nasty airborne germs.

For more information: nasoni.com

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Durat Counter Surface Material

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 13, 2020 11:56:19 AM

Durat Sokkelo-1-webSmooth countertops, particularly those made with wood or manufactured materials, are great in appearance but often suffer from durability issues. In steps Durat with its self-named line of solid surface material that can be used for countertops, sinks, bathtubs, shelves and more.

Although its 28 percent recycled content might seem low compared to other types of surfaceware, the goods are fully able to be put back to use in some other form, keeping environmental waste to a minimum.

Available in the United States through distributor CaraGreen—itself a highly green-thinking company—Durat comes in more than 70 solid colors but can be customized to match any color, size or thickness. There are also speckled options—also made with recycled content—that work well with midcentury modern and contemporary aesthetics.

Durat even buys the used product back from vendors and distributors, making for a completely closed loop on the environmental scale. Meanwhile, installers are eligible for LEED credits, making Durat a very green deal for them as well.

For more information: www.durat.com and www.caragreen.com

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Bocchi Classico 30 Fireclay Kitchen Sink

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Apr 13, 2020 11:18:53 AM

Bocchi Classico 30_ Sink in Sapphire Blue-webWant a cast iron sink without limited design? Take a look at Bocchi’s Classico 30, an apparent stylish twin to the ever-faithful dark metal basin found in many homes. But there’s more than meets the eye with Classico 30, starting with its composition. The sink’s chief component is fireclay, a 100 percent organic and recyclable material. What material? Mud.

Thanks to intense heat—think 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—and a number of other natural elements, the mud has been turned into a non-porous, scratch-resistant material that fits into a traditional sink opening in the kitchen. And of course, it’s heat resistant, meaning there is no problem placing that piping hot pan or pot directly from the stove oven onto the surface.

The item is also constructed without a lip, making it possible to simply wipe items into the basin from the counter, and it’s finished on all four sides, making it reversible. It’s available in traditional colors such as matte white, as well as more-unique (and eye-popping) finishes such as sapphire blue.

For more information: www.bocchiusa.com

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