Use the ecoScorecard at www.stonecraft.com to compare the green features of stone veneer. The tool shows how specific products rate in five different environmental rating systems.

Manufactured stone veneer contributes sustainability and style to an innovative show home in Las Vegas. The NextGen National Demonstration Home is open to visitors through 2009.

The 5200-square-foot house “showcases a green and sustainable home, powered by a renewable energy resource, all wrapped in a very elegant design,” says Paul Barnett, president of iShow, producer of NextGen's demonstration homes.

Trade show attendees have been touring the home, which is billed as “efficient, green, and digitally connected.” The five-bedroom, six-bathroom residence features groundbreaking technology and innovative products from almost 70 suppliers. The Tapco Group is among the building product suppliers whose materials define its sustainable character.

Tapco's StoneCraft manufactured stone veneer is made with recycled fly ash, and has a scrap rate of 2%, compared to 10% with natural stone. The energy-efficient, durable material helps projects earn LEED credits for Construction Waste Management and Local/Regional Materials.

StoneCraft also contributes to the NextGen home's unique look. The angular Bucktown-colored Fieldstone brings an inviting, rustic feel to the façade by enhancing the columns and second-story balconies.

Inside, the classic look of Gray Cobble lends substance to the foyer staircase with a sandstone texture and weather-worn edges. Ledgestone adds to the feeling of warmth surrounding the two-story fireplace. Its long, elegant lines and Bucktown color complement the exterior stone veneer. The traditional, linear profile of Heritage stone in Pennsylvania color gives a rugged charm to the home's family room and bar.

For more about StoneCraft products, visit www.stonecraft.com. Learn about the NextGen home at www.nextgenhome.com.