ARCHITECT assistant editor of products and technology Selin Ashaboglu presents six alternative options for fixtures, furnishings, and building materials that improve traditional products with eco-friendly features. Some highlights include:

Plank, Baux
Plank is a new line of modular, recyclable acoustic wall panels made of wood wool, cement, and water, and designed by Swedish construction material company Baux. Plank comes in gradated beige in 45.6" by 11.4" and 22.8" by 5.7". The tiles mitigate sound as well as absorb and release heat to help maintain a room’s temperature, according to the company.

Colorburst, Viridian Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed oak from tractor-trailer truck decking and pine and fir granary beams are repurposed in this colorful line of panels from the Portland, Ore.–based lumber company. Available in 0.38" to 0.63" thicknesses, 5" widths, and variable lengths from 2' to 8', the FSC-certified panels come in a choice of robin egg blue (top), haute pink (middle), viridian green (bottom), and cascade white, along with custom

Zip System R-9 R-Sheathing, Huber Engineered Woods
The company adds R-9 insulation board to its sheathing line for residential, multifamily, and light commercial applications, helping projects aiming to meet the prescriptive foam insulation requirements of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The sheathing includes a water-resistant barrier that can be made airtight with the company’s flashing tape. The system has no added urea formaldehyde and uses Sustainable Forestry Initiative–certified wood. Panels come in nominal 4'-by-8' sheets.

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