For a time, green building materials were basic in design and quite costly. Now, manufacturers are accommodating a growing demand for affordable and innovative eco-friendly products. The market for green materials is projected to expand to more than $80 billion over the next five years. We noticed the trend—and a few standout products—while making the rounds at recent trade shows Greenbuild and the International Builders' Show.
Here are 12 top picks that are not only eco-friendly, but also better-performing and more attractive than the green materials of yesterday.