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:
Big Ass Fans; bigassfans.com
Pozzotive Plus Concrete Brick Line
Kingston Block & Masonry Supply, LLC; kingstonblock.com
Odegard Inc; odegardinc.com
Traditional Cork Flooring
Expanko Cork; expanko.com
Loll Designs; lolldesigns.com
Lulan Artisans; lulan.com
American Clay; americanclay.com
WAC Lighting; waclighting.com
Hydroright Dual Flush Converter
Solon Composter System
The Special Mention honorees included:
Reliability and Lifespan
Miele Appliances; mieleusa.com
Bosch Appliances; bosch-home.com
Big Company, Small Steps
Shaw Floors ClearTouch; Shaw Floors; shawfloors.com
EcoTech Spray Foam Insulation; ecotechsprayfoam.com
Recycled Content, Design
The Refined Line IceStone; icestone.biz
Environmental, Social Reponsibility
Vortis Pendant Hubbardton Forge; vtforge.com
Composite Landscape Pavers; VAST; vastpavers.com
Caroma Profile Smart Toilet with Integrated Sink; Caroma; caromausa.com
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 NewYorkHouseMagazine.com.