Jaga Climate Systems, a manufacturer of energy-efficient and designer radiator systems, announced at Greenbuild the expanded availability of products in the US. Jaga has built up a US distributor network, so architects, designers, and contractors can access products through representatives in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington.
In Atlanta, the door to San Marco — a purveyor of natural paints, plasters, and cements — is propped open all day, welcoming a never-ending stream of visitors. An architect brings his cabinetmaker by for a demonstration of their wood varnish. A young couple pops in to report how beautifully their bungalow’s paint job turned out. A flooring contractor spends several mornings perfecting a lime-washed effect for his client’s hardwood floors. I, too, have become a regular visitor; first drawn in by their limestone stucco, the discovery of all these other eco-friendly, high-performance and surprisingly affordable finish materials from Italy has me “just stopping by” for my own impromptu tutorials.
Tennessee-based Crossville, Inc. announced at Greenbuild this week that the company is the first tile manufacturer in the US to achieve certification of its waste recycling programs through Scientific Certification Systems, or SCS. This certification is third-party verification of the fact that all tile produced by Crossville will contain a certain amount of recycled content, according to a company press release.
By Peter Greene, Vice President of Marketing, InterfaceFLOR*
As we head into Greenbuild this week, looking forward to learning about the industry’s latest “green” products is at the top of everyone’s minds. But how do you sort through all the “green” claims that have proliferated? How do design professionals (and savvy consumers) know if there are hidden tradeoffs or if their decisions actually lead to a more sustainable world?
If you saw last night’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which I had the fun opportunity to work on, you might have noticed several green elements in the home. The home has water-efficient Kohler products, rooftop solar, a green trellis and solar wall, etc. It also has lots of copper products — due to the connection with Kennecott and Rio Tinto — such as this Japanese-style tub made with 99.7% pure recycled-content copper. The 200-pound, hand-hammered ofuro made an appearance on TV by donation from Premier Copper Products. The fully recyclable tub retails for $9,999.
The biennial Solar Decathlon finished today and teams will begin the grunt work of taking their homes back or sending them off if the homes were acquired. As we’ve done in the past, here’s a short roundup of all 19 Solar Decathlon homes for 2011. The competition fosters the design, build, and operation of net-zero energy homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Maryland won the entire competition, and Appalachian State was given the People’s Choice Award.