The 2009 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas is running through tomorrow, and as they should be, new green products are well represented. From the world's first pellet fireplace, to GE's hybrid water heater, to some much more efficient vent fans and windows, there's plenty to be excited about. While pellet stoves have taken off in the past couple years, they have been limited to stoves (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Now, there is an option, albeit pricey, for those who want a more efficient fireplace. Quadra-Fire's Edge 60 is the world's first pellet fireplace that is highly energy efficient and multi-fuel capable so you can burn anything from pellets, to switch grass, shelled corn, wheat and walnut shells. It's 82% efficient (vs 60-70% for a traditional wood burning fireplace) and slides out of the wall for easy cleaning and maintenance.
Panasonic's new line of Whisper ventilation fans is 300% - 500% more energy efficient than Energy Star Standards, utilizing a new DC motor (most fans use AC-motors), they are more quiet, and more efficient than ever before. Some models include a built-in motion sensor control that controls activation based on movement in the room.
Hot on the heals of another water heater announcement last April, GE seems committed to new and more efficient ways to heat water, that also look really cool. Their newest hybrid will use heat-pump technology (and an electric backup), heat is transferred from the air to water stored in a highly insulated tank. The new appliance will use approximately half that of a standard electric water heater.
Anderson Window's new 100 Series is made of a wood and vinyl composite called Fibrex and made from more than 20% recycled materials. They are energy efficient and economically priced, and come in one of four exterior colors: white, sandtone, terratone, and cocoa bean. Resources: This Old House Consumer Reports