Custom-Bilt Metals' FusionSolar

November 19, 2010 · Posted in Modern Construction, Modern Design · Comment 

As solar panels become more popular in the U.S. (the residential market doubled in 2009) companies are finding creative ways to cope with some of the issues inherent to their products.  One of the current trends is to build solar panels that look like roofing tiles.  There are Spanish bar-tile solar panels and asphalt shingle solar panels, but my favorite is Custom-Bilt’s standing seam metal roof solar panel.  Designed to almost disappear in the channels of the standing seam roof so as not to be seen, we can have our cake and eat it too.  Check out their website for more info.

Nationwide Foam, Inc.

March 2, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

Nationwide Foam, Inc. is a company that recycles the foam that is used for making flat roofs.  When demolishing a building or replacing a roof, NFI will place a trailer at your jobsite for you to fill with the foam (hence, the picture).  They also have started a program to recycle EPDM rubber.  The beauty of using their products is that you keep massive amounts of non-biodegradeable products out of landfills, and you can earn LEED points by using their products.  I think it’s fantastic to see people creating services that are so responsible.  NFI services all of North America.

Recycled Roofing

February 6, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

In all of our efforts to be “green” or “responsible” about the environment, we find alternatives to traditional products springing up left and right.  EcoStar has a great, 80% recycled, LEED certified roofing product for a greener house.  The recycled material can also weigh a lot less than traditional roofing so fewer trucks are needed to get it done.  There’s a bunch of styles and colors so check it out at