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Natural FSC Certified Flooring from Mafi

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If you’re in the market for an engineered, wide-plank, natural flooring, Mafi is a great place to start.  The company uses FSC-certified woods that are treated with organic, natural oils (and no lacquer).  As a result, Mafi is “breathable,” “warm,” durable, and will not cup, gap, warp, or fail.  The Colorado-based company has operations on both the east and west coast and can create a floor to suit your project perfectly.

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Helios House Gets LEED Gold in Bend

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If you've been to Bend, Oregon — smack dab in the center of the state on the dry side — you know it's a cool place with a ton of outdoor, vacation, and eco-friendly options.  That's why the owners of this vacation rental, Helios NW Eco-House, decided to go ahead and earn LEED Gold certification. It's actually, according to the owners' research, the first vacation rental home in the state to receive this level of certification. 

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Haptik Blends Luxury and Sustainability

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In response to a design challenge issued by the USGBC, WATG and IDEO created "Haptik," a sustainable hotel suite that blends sustainability and luxury in a high-tech environment.  The suite, named after a Greek term for experiencing interactions based on touch, won the challenge and was built as a model at HD Expo 2010 last month.  Courtesy of WATG, take a look inside:

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