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Looking for sustainable products to specify in your next green building project? CADdetails has uncovered the latest in green building products and environmentally friendly design practices developed to support architects, builders, building owners and designers in their efforts to build and maintain sustainable sites. Follow the links below to learn about CADdetails.com SpecGREEN manufacturers and how the green products they offer may contribute towards the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of your next commercial or residential building or interior design.


Amvic Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) is an excellent green building alternative. The polypropylene webs are placed 6” vs. 8” o/c, allowing most cut-off pieces to be re-used which can result in less than 1% construction waste compared to 6%. The webs are also manufactured using 100% recycled polypropylene making the product over 60% recycled material by weight. Amvic ICF structures also require 30-50% less energy to heat and cool, improve indoor air quality and require less maintenance over time. In addition, Amvic recently conducted an industry leading third party LEED Product Assessment which proved that using Amvic ICF can result in up to 28 points!


The AWS™ Pedestal System promotes a 'green' environment! Sustainably designed, it is constructed of fully recyclable, durable ABS and PVC plastics and 100% recycled rubber. The AWS™ Pedestal System is the natural solution for ecological concerns. That's why the AWS™ Pedestal System was chosen for the Atlanta City Hall Green Roof Project, The Built Green Idea Home 2004 (2004 winner of the Gold Nugget Grand Award for Sustainable/Green Residential Project of the Year), and the New American Home at the 2004 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. That's also why the Introductory Manual for Greening Roofs (.PDF) commissioned by the Canadian government in 2002 lists the AWS™ Pedestal System as an integral part of the green solution.


Because Fox Blocks’ parent company, Airlite Plastics, is making plastic products for multiple industries, there is a constant supply of first-generation recycled material. This material moves within our own facilities, reducing costs and making for a smaller carbon foot print. The resulting insulated foam and plastic ties are of a higher quality and have greater consistency. At Airlite Plastics, there are a large number of machine presses molding plastic products to specific tolerances. Anything that does not meet the specification for the different product specifications is set aside and designated as usable plastic waste (scrap) to be recycled. None of this plastic scrap leaves the plant, so there is ZERO plastic landfill contribution. These out-of-spec products are transferred under the same roof to the Recycling Area. While at the recycling station, the plastic scrap is mechanically ground into flakes, pelletized, and then put through a proprietary process to be remanufactured. This 1st generation recycled plastic is then transferred to the production machine presses to mold Fox Blocks ICF plastic webs and corner brackets. These fresh molded webs and corner brackets are then delivered to the EPS Division plant, on site, for placement into the foam molds that produce finished Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms. This internal recycling process dramatically lowers the overall ICF manufacturing carbon footprint because there are minimal transportation costs, as everything is performed on site. So, Fox Blocks not only contributes to sustainability by constructing long-last buildings resilient to extreme weather events, we support sustainability and recycling in our manufacturing processes.


Cooler Pavements Mean Safer, More Comfortable Pavements Available in a range of both light and dark colors, StreetBondSR™ can contribute LEED® credits to sustainable construction projects and is an ideal and affordable solution for green hardscape design. StreetBondSR™ can be used on untextured asphalt and also as the color treatment component for StreetPrint® – genuine stamped asphalt.


Increte Systems is pleased to pursue sustainability and positive environmental impact in its manufacturing practices, eco-friendly products and engineered systems. Increte Systems understands the critical impact that Sustainable Design and Green Building can have on our world. They also realize that for Increte Systems to have an impact as a supplier to the decortive industry, they must make it part of their company's culture to provide sustainable building design solutions which achieve social and environmental objectives while providing economic balance.


The manufacturing process to make clay masonry is very efficient with almost no waste of materials. To reduce environmental impact, all unused clay is recycled and modern pollution controls have significantly reduced any production air discharges. Clay Masonry can make a significant contribution toward earning LEED points on a project. While no one product or material alone can earn LEED credit points, clay masonry can be used as part of a strategy to earn points in 15 credit categories.


K2 Stone is a vertically integrated company that quarries, processes and distributes natural stone products for interior and exterior building applications. As both the quarrier and distributor, K2 Stone is able to uphold industry leading quality standards, and provide an unmatched level of customization. K2 Stone strives to support the communities where they live, work and operate in an environmentally responsible manner.


Brick manufacturing has made great strides toward environmental stewardship by substantially decreasing the amount of embodied energy required to produce a standard brick, and through programs to minimize waste, emissions, and impact on the environment. Brick is a durable cladding material that can be used to meet multiple sustainable design objectives in a project, whether complying with a specific environmental building rating system or not.


For over a decade, Carolina Stalite Company has been providing the most specified and successful green roof growing media in the United States. Leaders in lightweight aggregate technology for sustainable horticulture, several award-winning green roofs in America utilize PermaTill as the growing media. Stalite Greenroof products meet all ASTM and FLL guidelines for greenroof growing media.


Sto manufactures several products that help reduce a building's overall impact on the environment and thus can contribute to a project's ability to earn points toward LEED certification. Sto offers coatings, waterproofing materials, repair mortars and surface preparation products that can be used to restore surfaces of many types, including masonry, cement block, and even painted surfaces. For a more extensive makeover, StoTherm™ Insulated Wall Claddings can also be applied over most surfaces, providing a new look with the added benefit of increased energy efficiency.


Stoneyard.com's New England Fieldstone was created by Mother Nature, making it one of the greenest building products available. In addition, all of the stone comes from within a 75-mile radius of their Littleton, MA location, reducing the amount of shipping and thereby leaving a small carbon footprint. Gathering the stone does not damage the beautiful New England countryside; they only use stone that would have otherwise been plowed over by farmers expanding their plots. Choosing Stoneyard.com's New England Fieldstone means you are purchasing an eco-friendly product that showcases the beauty of nature right at your own home.


Using VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems can help contribute toward qualifying your commercial, municipal or homebuilding project for credits under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED is a rating and certification system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage the use of sustainable technologies that reduce energy use and conserve natural resources. LEED-certified facilities will experience reduced maintenance and life-cycle operation costs. Recognizing that, many architects, builders and specifiers are now writing LEED certification requirements into bid specifications. That’s where VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems can help.