[Originally posted at EcoGeek. With everything else that was going on last month, I didn’t even try to go to Greenbuild myself. I’d much rather attend a Chicago Greenbuild than going someplace much farther, but it just wasn’t practical this year. I’m a little underwhelmed by this year’s list, too. Increasing recycled content in materials is probably a good thing, but I’m surprised that 20% recycled content in a product qualifies as a highlight of the show.]


This year’s 2010 Greenbuild Conference and Expo offered the usual enormous hall filled with displays of all kinds of products and building materials that can be used to create greener buildings.

Eco Home Magazine has a slideshow of 14 of the products that were on display at this year’s Greenbuild. These are more residentially-oriented products, compared to the rather many more products aimed more at the commercial building market.

Some are fairly prosaic, and will still be chiefly of interest to builders and professionals (unless you happen to be a fan of drywall or plumbing fixtures), but others are more interesting, like a Freewatt Plus microCHP unit (PDF) that is available both for forced air as well as hydronic installations in homes, although EcoGeek readers have known about microCHP plants for years.

Another new item is the Modlet, a web-addressable module that plugs into a conventional outlet and then allows you to monitor and control energy use through a browser. This should be reaching the market in the coming year with both online sales as well as retail.

Of course, it should still be noted that making a greener building is far more than just buying a few green products. The basic operation of a building can be enhanced by added green hardware, but a bad design can’t be redeemed simply by including a few green elements. Fundamentals of good green design are still the most important part of creating an environmentally appropriate building.

via: Eco Home Magazine