Greening the House

ScheinMedia's New York House magazine recently announced the winners of its second annual Innovative Green Design Awards (IGDA) Competition, which contributes to the magazine's stated mission of promoting green living.

The competition is intended to showcase the best eco-friendly, aesthetic home furnishings products available. Entrants were challenged to create products meeting three characteristics:
a defining green or sustainable attribute (in design, material, increased energy efficiency, reduced embodied energy, etc.); made in a sustainable way; new, but available to customers (on the market less than two years).

The excellence of the many entries, particularly in the furniture department, led judges to create separate furniture categories to allow multiple winners: hard goods, soft goods, outdoor, and kitchen.

The winners, by category, are:

Isis Fan
Big Ass Fans;

Building Materials
Pozzotive Plus Concrete Brick Line
Kingston Block & Masonry Supply, LLC;

Floor Coverings
Verte Collection
Odegard Inc;


Traditional Cork Flooring
Expanko Cork;

Furniture/Hard Goods
Alfresco Collection
Loll Designs;

Furniture/Soft Goods

Diamond Fields
Lulan Artisans;

Interior Finishes
Lime Putty
American Clay;

LEDme Downlights
WAC Lighting;

Plumbing Fixtures
Hydroright Dual Flush Converter

Other Products

Solon Composter System

The Special Mention honorees included:

Reliability and Lifespan

Miele Appliances;

Resource Efficiency
Bosch Appliances;

Big Company, Small Steps

Shaw Floors ClearTouch; Shaw Floors;


EcoTech Spray Foam Insulation;

Recycled Content, Design

The Refined Line IceStone;

Environmental, Social Reponsibility
Vortis Pendant Hubbardton Forge;

Design, Innovation

Composite Landscape Pavers; VAST;

Caroma Profile Smart Toilet with Integrated Sink; Caroma;

Jonathan A. Schein, CEO and publisher of ScheinMedia, says in a statement, "We were very pleased with the great response to our second Innovative Green Design AwardsSM — over 30 percent more applicants this year. We at New York House celebrate not only the winners, but all efforts to promote true sustainability. Our goal is to educate and inspire consumers, design, and building trade professionals as well as manufacturers to choose responsibly-made, useful, and beautiful products for their homes."

The winners competed against a plethora of entries from around the world. Entries were evaluated by a panel of judges on criteria such as use of green materials; sustainable methods of manufacturing; energy efficiency; innovation; carbon footprint; and best-looking design.

A slideshow with images and further information is available at

–Lillian Civantos


  1. We are proud to win this award and thank you! We take pride in developing products that not only save people money, but conserve our natural resources.
    Again, thank you to everyone who supports us and our products!

  2. MJSI is the real deal. We own several rental properties and have the HydroRight installed in all of them. Not only was it easy for us as landlords to install, but our tenants love how easy to use the products are. Thank you for putting out such a wonderful product!-