It’s no longer simply considered the right thing to do. With a greater number of consumers, builders and retailers reaching for green products, manufacturing with an eye toward the environment also makes great business sense. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the number of LEED-certified homes doubled globally between 2011 and 2012. Ranging from such simple fixes as energy-efficient light bulbs to advanced implements like an Energy Star-rated clothes dryer, here are 14 innovative products from the tree-hugging corner of the home-building industry.
Ceiling fans can make a significant impact on a home’s energy efficiency — for instance, with Hunter Fan models like the Savoy, which is Energy Star-rated and can save up to 47% in home cooling costs. (hunterfan.com)
For those who love the look of bark, SmartBark is a sustainable siding alternative made of a polymer blend that’s designed to mimic the look of natural bark. A high R-value also helps homeowners save on energy costs. (barkclad.com)
The makers of the Morro’s Bowl credit artisans in Vietnam for inspiring them to create what they call Native-Stone, a cement and jute fiber material. The jute — which is a renewable vegetable fiber — strengthens the sink and boosts its sustainability credo, generating less waste and requiring less energy to produce. (nativetrails.net)
Not only is this a zero-VOC paint — not emitti