Energy-Efficient Product Reviews

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Smith & Fong. Plyboo Neopolitan flooring is made from strands of honey and dark bamboo woven together and compressed into a dense block, then milled into planks. The tongue-and-groove planks are 3/8 inch thick, 33/4 inches wide, and 36 inches long. A tough acrylic topcoat protects the formaldehyde-free flooring. 866.835.9859. www.plyboo.com.

Columbia Forest Products. Utilizing the soy-based PureBond adhesive resin instead of urea formaldehyde bonding agents, the manufacturer's veneer-core plywood and Woodstalk agrifiber-core panel products do not off-gas formaldehyde and are cost-competitive with other decorative panel products. PureBond products also offer better water resistance compared to urea-formaldehyde products, according to the manufacturer. 800.237.2428. www.columbiaforestproducts.com.

Lafarge North America. NewCem is a finely ground hydraulic cement incorporating blast furnace slag that consumes less energy than portland cement during concrete production. As an ingredient in high-performance concrete, NewCem's properties help achieve low permeability, improved workability, lower temperatures for mass concrete, and resistance to chlorides, sulfates, and alkali silica reaction. 678.746.2000. www.lafargenorthamerica.com.

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