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50 Eco-Friendly Products Selected by Green Builder's Editors



An electrochromic coating covers one surface of this insulated glass, which allows it to tint electronically in response to changing conditions outside. By admitting natural daylight and rejecting unwanted solar energy, this product reduces air conditioning and lighting costs. It blocks up to 90 percent of solar radiation during peak cooling demand periods—saving the most energy when energy costs are at their highest. Dynamic Glass will automatically transition through four variable tints, or can be controlled by a user.

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When in use, these screens block the sun’s rays and decrease a building’s cooling energy demand. They also provide natural ventilation, insect protection and privacy. Integrating the screens with home automation systems and sun and wind sensors enables them to respond to the outdoor environment automatically; they can also be programmed for specific conditions. Executive screens fit single openings as large as 25’ wide and 16’ tall, and can be controlled via a remote or wall-mounted control. They come with a limited lifetime warranty.

PhantomScreens Executive retractable motorized screens

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These aluminum-clad wood windows are the company’s most energy-efficient offering, and the only wood windows available with triple-paned glass. Advanced low-E triple insulating glass with argon blocks up to 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays; some operable units in this series have a u-factor as low as 0.25. Between-the-glass blinds, shades, decorative panels, and grilles snap in and out via a proprietary hinged glass panel, for a wide range of design possibilities.

Pella Designer Series casement window

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These fixtures consume approximately 80 percent less electricity than incandescent fixtures of similar light intensity. In addition, the Design Pro LED should last 40,000 hours, or roughly 15 to 20 years, saving 20 replacement lamps. Featuring exclusive Radiax optics, the DesignPro LED delivers the greatest lumens per watt in the industry by driving increased output from LED chips; this results in a more focused light at a cooler operating temperature. These fixtures are backed by a 10-year commercial and 15-year residential warranty.

Kichler Design Pro LED 120V flood light

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