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October 14, 2010

Bright Modular Ecofelt Buzziskin Tiles

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Interior Design just closed voting on this year's BoY Awards, and the Eco Products category has some excellent entries.  Of which, I noticed this 3D tile called Buzziskin from Buzzispace.  It's made of ecofelt, or a 100% recycled PET material, in a variety of colors.  Buzziskin is offered in both rectangular and cubic sizes with a self-adhesive backing.  Each tile runs about $150. 

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October 07, 2010

A Roof Tile That Eliminates NOx Smog

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This summer, KB Home unveiled a prototype home in Lancaster, California, outfitted with solar panels, energy storage, LED lighting, and an electric vehicle outlet, among other technologies.  The prototype also included a roof tile called Auranox by MonierLifetile.  The claim to fame with this roof tile is that it's a smog-eater -- that it neutralizes nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the air. 

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September 24, 2010

Ecotrax Recycled Content Floor Tiles

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Swisstrax, a company out of California, makes an interlocking recycled content floor tile called Ecotrax.  Made with PolyDyne Engineered Rubber Powder, or recycled rubber tires, Ecotrax -- according to the company -- is durable, strong, and 100% recycled.  Also, to close the loop, Swisstrax takes its products back to be recycled into future products.  It's available in gray colors, various patterns, and two sizes, 13” x 13” x ½” and 15.75” x 15.75” x ¾”. 

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New Free Primer on Design for Reuse

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Public Architecture, the firm behind Scrap House, just published a free primer on the topic of material reuse.  The Design for Reuse Primer, funded by the USGBC, includes 15 case studies of all sorts of projects -- civic, education, residential, office, retail, interpretive, religious -- calculated to show that "material reuse represents one of most creative, exciting, and effective approaches to building green."

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September 16, 2010

SketkaStone Recycled Paper Surfaces

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I’ve always loved recycled paper countertops and recently noticed ShetkaStone from All Paper Recycling.  SketkaStone is made with old paper and can be used in countertops, vanities, sills, and moldings.  It will also hold up to use; the manufacturer told me in an email that no other similar product on the market “can match our durability.

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September 14, 2010

Indestructible Fossilized Bamboo Floor

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Let's say you get a lot of floor traffic or you have a kid that jabs Hot Wheels into the ground.  Maybe you have a dog that runs in circles, and you want a strong wood floor.  You'll probably look for a high Janka scale rating -- a measure of hardness -- to find something that will hold up against denting and wear.  You might even consider this strand woven floor from Cali Bamboo that the company says received a 5,000+ pound score in recent tests.

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September 10, 2010

Versatile Recycled Content EcoGlass

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Earlier this year, specialty glass maker Bendheim introduced a new line of textured architectural glass made with 25-40% post-consumer recycled content material.  EcoGlass, as it is called, is made in Europe by Glasfabrik Lamberts in an oxygen and fuel-fired cast glass furnace.  The product also contains a minimum of 20% pre-consumer recycled content.

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August 25, 2010

RUBBiSH: Old Tires Now a Sink Surface

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Minarc recently took an R+D Award from Architect Magazine for this sink made of recycled rubber tires.  RUBBiSH, as it's called, is made through a process whereby tires are melted, stripped of particulates and impurities, and stretched in a lightweight layer over a sub-material to create the surface. RUBBiSH is available in a 1/8 inch sheet of rubber or in a framed option where the product is held in place by two sheets of aluminum at the countertop edge. 

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August 13, 2010

Express: New Recycled Ceramic Tile

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Fireclay Tile, a manufacturer of recycled content ceramic tiles in California, recently launched a new offering called the Express Series Quickship Tile.  It's made with more than 62% locally sourced recycled content and, according to the company, contains "more post-consumer and pre-consumer waste than any other tile on the market."

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August 12, 2010

Source for Reclaimed Building Materials

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With the growing popularity of deconstruction and efforts to keep usable materials out of landfills, Planet Reuse is the place to find and list reclaimed building materials. I’ve mentioned the site before, but it’s a great resource, especially if you’re going for a distinct look or material that contributes to LEED certification. Check out some of these current listings.

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