Never let it be said that there’s nothing new under the sun. One-fourth of Green Builder’s 2019 Hot 50 Products have direct ties to solar energy, from shingles to portable power plants. It seems fitting that the most-prominent example of sustainability should be one of the most important trends shaping the built environment. But our annual roster also has plenty of items representing other facets of high-performance building—household fixtures, heating and cooling devices, insulation tools and smart technology are just a few categories to make the cut. Selections were based on the product’s innovative design, sustainable manufacture, durability, degree of innovation, and potential energy or water savings.
Here’s to another year where great building science meets good design— 50 products that add to the pedigree of the nation’s best built homes.