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December 08, 2010

LEED Retains Status Quo of FSC Only

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As you know, there’s been a lot of back and forth between wood certification bodies, stakeholders, and the USGBC relating to the certified wood credit applicable all commercial LEED rating systems.  The debate was documented in a five-part series in The Tyee recently, and led to the creation of the Forest Certification Benchmark.

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November 25, 2010

EnGuard Recycled PET Batt Insulation

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Alex Wilson, this year's winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, selected EnGuard Insulation by Vita Nonwovens as the BuildingGreen Product of the Week following Greenbuild in Chicago.  The 100% polyester insulation product is made with recycled plastic bottles, or, more specifically, 15% post-consumer and 35% pre-consumer recycled content. 

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November 24, 2010

Recycled Content Surfaces by Environite

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A new company operating out of the Pacific Northwest, Environite Building Products, recently introduced its signature solid-surface product, Environite.  It's a cast-to-size material made with roughly 90% recycled content -- recycled glass and discarded post-consumer and post-industrial materials -- and both VOC- and styrene-free, according to the company.  Environite is available in several colors, though the white countertop pictured may be hard to beat. 

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November 21, 2010

Top Ten Green Building Products [2010]

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For the ninth year in a row, BuildingGreen has announced their list of Top-10 Green Building ProductsBuildingGreen sifts the products from additions to the GreenSpec Directory, coverage in Environmental Building News, and blogs on BuildingGreen.  Here are seven products from the list to keep on the radar:

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November 19, 2010

NanaWall Unveils Bamboo Folding Doors

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NanaWall Systems, maker of beautiful folding door systems, just announced a partnership with Lamboo, maker of laminated bamboo, pursuant to which the companies will offer the first door system in the country with laminated bamboo framing.  The product will help contribute toward LEED certification in a number of areas, according to a press release.

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November 11, 2010

Roof Made with Adaptive Reuse Records

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Nashville-based musician Matt Glassmeyer sent us photos of this adaptive use roof built with unplayable old vinyl records.  Glassmeyer said in an email that he used his own collection and records collected via Craigslist.  After designing the patio roof, he put a dab of caulk in the record hole and nailed each disc down in an overlapping pattern using large washers and roofing nails.  And there's been no leakage even in heavy rains or melted records because the roof is not directly exposed to sunlight.  How about that!

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November 05, 2010

Rivers' Edge Surfaces from Oklahoma

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When looking for an eco-friendly countertop, there are various factors to consider and literally hundreds of options.  Here's another one to consider: Rivers' Edge Countertops, Inc., an Oklahoma company that makes concrete and recycled glass surfaces.  The company sources post-consumer recycled glass -- bottles, dinnerware, windows, safety glass, and light bulbs -- from a local recycling center, making surfaces with 75-80% recycled content and a cement base bolstered with crushed granite. 

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November 01, 2010

Plus Plus Pavers from Meld USA

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North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of ecoX and Micro, launched a new paver called Plus Plus.  The cement paver is available in six standard colors, as well as nearly limitless custom colors, and made with up to 74% recycled content.  Also, to minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing, Plus Plus is "wet cast, air cured, and form finished," according to Architect Magazine.  Meld's paver can be used in any garden, driveway, or patio. 

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October 29, 2010

New Thermally Broken rSTUD Lumber

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Colorado-based Ec Manufacturing started making structural insulated panels (SIPs) about a year and a half ago.  The company was studying 2009 building code and thinking about how to innovate their products, when someone decided the building industry could use a thermally broken lumber material.  That led to the creation of rSTUD.

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Misleading with Green Product Claims

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TerraChoice recently released a new report, The Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition, and published some interesting findings.  The company found that big-box retailers stock more "green" products and products with legitimate environmental claims than smaller boutique-style stores.  TerraChoice also found that over 95% of consumer products with a "green" claim are committing at least one "sin" of greenwashing. 

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