The plastic insulation and jacketing on electric and data wire and cable can contain lead, plasticizers, flame retardants, and chemicals that may be toxic. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and fluoropolymers (Teflon®) are commonly used on wire and cable. Toxic compounds may be released in the event of fire or as the wire jacketing deteriorates over time. Wires and cables are available with nonhalogenated insulation and jacketing and with no heavy metals.


Products in Electrical

CertainTeed Corporation
Building Dashboard
Lucid Design Group Inc.
Canadian Solar Inc.
Deep-cycle, Lead-acid Batteries
Surrette Battery Company Limited
ECM 1220 Energy Monitor
Brultech Research, Inc.
Marathon Engine Systems


Apr 24, 2014 9:45 AM ET

Response to Kerry Batdorf
by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor

Enphase is one of several inverter manufacturers, and I'm not sure whether there is much evidence to support the claim that Enphase inverters are somehow more environmentally friendly than other inverters. If there is, an argument could be made to include Enphase inverters in the GreenSpec directory.

GBA does not maintain the GreenSpec directory; that work is done by our friends at BuildingGreen. If you are interested in suggesting a product for inclusion in the GreenSpec directory, you should contact Brent Ehrlich:
brent [at] buildinggreen [dot] com

Apr 24, 2014 9:27 AM ET

Enphase Energy
by Kerry Batdorf

I read about Enphase Energy products in several GBA articles. I do not see them included here. I wonder why.