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    Top 10 US green building products for 2017 and where to find them in Australia

    Nicholas Rider

    American publishing company Building Green has announced its top 10 green building products for 2017.

    Revealed during the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the annual list predicts green products that are expected to have the most significant impact on the market in the coming year. 

    While the products are American we’ve done our best to find out whether they’re available in Australia and from whom. If they aren’t available down under we’ve suggested an Australian alternative and provided a link for where to find them.

    Phoenix composting toilet systemPhoenix-composting-toilet-system-Image-Eco-Building-Pulse.jpgImage: Eco Building Pulse

    The Phoenix from Advanced Composting Systems is an aerobic composting system that transforms human waste into a rich, well-stabilized mulch.

    It is odourless, and requires no water for flushing, making it an environmentally friendly option that is suitable for full-time residences, public facilities, and seasonal camps of all kinds.

    Similar product available in Australia: Sun-Mar Composting Toilets


    Nextek Power Hub DriverNextek-1.jpgImage: Nextek

    The Nextek Power Hub Driver is an all-in-one AC-to-DC power supply. 

    With occupancy and daylight sensors, the product knows when to dim lights. The system is pre-equipped to integrate with existing and future solar installations at an efficiency of over 90 per cent.

    Similar product available in Australia: C4800A - Schaefer Euro Series AC/DC Power Supply


    Securock ExoAir 430 SystemSecurock-ExoAir430-Hospital_0615-SS-Image-Walls-Ceilings.jpgImage: Walls & Ceilings 

    As the first integrated gypsum sheathing panel with a factory-applied fluid air-barrier membrane, the Securock ExoAir 430 System brings two proven technologies together – USG’s Securock Glass-Mat Sheathing and Tremco’s fluid applied air/water barrier membrane.

    When installed with the approved detailing accessories, the system reduces job site challenges, simplifies installation and results in superior control of air, water and vapor.

    Similar product available in Australia: Tremco Air Barrier Systems


    enVerid HLR (HVAC Load Reduction) VentilationenVerid.jpgImage: enVerid 

    This molecular air cleaning technology removes previously hard-to-capture contaminants from indoor air.

    The system reduces the use of outside air, and has the possibility of achieving a 20 per cent cut in costs by reducing the peak HVAC load by 40 per cent or more. 

    Similar product available in Australia: HRV Ventilation System


    Aquion Aqueous Hybrid Ion Saltwater BatteryAquion-Image-Solar-Choice-1.pngImage: Solar Choice 

    This technology contains no heavy metals or toxic chemicals and is non-flammable and non-explosive. They are maintenance-free and optimised for daily deep cycling.

    AHI chemistry is composed of a saltwater electrolyte, manganese oxide cathode, carbon titanium phosphate composite anode, and synthetic cotton separator. 

    This product is available in Australia from Blitzability


    Bio-Microbics d-Rain Joint Rainwater Filter DrainBio-Microbics.jpgImage: Bio-Microbics 

    As a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS), the d-Rain Joint is a simple, low-cost, and robust onsite storm water management alternative. The system is composed of prefabricated devices allowing for the collection and conveyance of water along its total length for impervious surfaces. 

    It can be used wherever a permeable, pervious driveway, parking lot, street or walkway is needed.


    Designtex textilesDesigntex-Homepage-032516-04-6646-Wannabe.jpgImage: Designtex

    Designtex is a textile-design company whose catalogue offers over 8,000 materials with an eye toward sustainable production. They also track the emissions related to the shipping of its products and invests in carbon-reduction projects in order to offset them.

    This product is available in Australia from James Dunlop Textiles


    Mean Green Commercial Electric Lawn MowersMower.jpgImage: Mean Green

    Mean Green provide an electric alternative for commercial lawn mowers. They have no emissions, require no fuel, and have enough power for several hours of use.


    Legend Valve HyperPure water pipingHyperPure_Detail_800px_0.jpgImage: Legend

    HyperPure tubing is strong, flexible and pure, and is the first flexible plastic hot and cold potable water tube that is 100 per cent recyclable.

    The product is created with bimodal polyethylene, and is resistant to the effects of chlorine.

    Similar product available in Australia: Buteline Plumbing System


    Accoya acetylated woodAccoya-Image-Architects-Journal.jpgImage: Architects Journal

    Accoya acetylated wood features radiata pine immersed in a strong vinegar treatment that stops the wood from absorbing water, swelling or shrinking.

    The wood has been thoroughly tested for dimensional stability, durability, paint retention and in-ground conditions to ensure optimal performance.

    This product is available in Australia from Britton Timbers

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