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BuildingGreen Magazine announces the Top Green Products for 2015

Ekla HomeOrganic Furnishings from Ekla Home
Foam cushions are another building product in which halogenated flame retardants are ubiquitous. Ekla Home offers organic sofas and chairs with cushions made from natural latex, which requires no chemical flame retardants. Despite the “Home” in the company’s name, it has contracts with large corporate clients such as Google and Starbucks in addition to its residential offerings. The company’s environmental focus goes beyond eliminating halogenated flame retardants: Ekla manufactures its furnishings with certified organic fabrics, wood certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, and Greenguard Gold-certified adhesives.

Marvin Windows with U.S. Passive House Certification
Marvin is the first major U.S. window manufacturer to offer a Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS)-certified window. (Alpen Windows, a much smaller company that makes only high-performance windows, was the first to win the certification, while two small California manufacturers have achieved certification under the International Passive House Institute program.) Available in Ultimate Casement and Direct Glaze models, these wood windows are available with FSC-certified wood and come with an exterior aluminum cladding. Glazing options include either Tripane Cardinal Insulated Glass or glass plus two layers of suspended Heat Mirrorfilm from Eastman that creates a triple cavity. Marvin’s PHIUS windows have whole-window U-values as low as 0.15, yet have similar thickness to their standard offerings to simplify installation. These windows can also be selected with Marvin’s exterior roller shades integrated into the windows; the shades’ motorized openers can be programmed to operate automatically based on time of day or controlled by occupants as needed from a building control or mobile device.

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