Natural Wood-Based Panels by Well

Kraftplex and Wellboard are two wood-based products made by Well Ausstellungssystem Gmbh.  They’re intended for flat-panel applications, furniture design, and more, and they’re both made from 100% cellulose.  That means there is no formaldehyde added in adhesives or binders (although there is some naturally occurring formaldehyde in wood).  The difference between the two is that Kraftplex is a flat sheet of the material, and Wellboard comes in a few different corrugated profiles.

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By |July 26th, 2011|Materials, Products|1 Comment

Nichiha Unveils Recycled-Content Shake

Nichiha makes a premium shake siding called Sierra but they’ve just unveiled a new fiber-cement shake for those looking for something similar at a lower price point.  Available in July 2011, NichiFrontier is made in Macon, Georgia with 50% recycled content and comes primed or stained in four colors (Hazelnut, Prairie, Shadow, and Terra).  The finish has a 15-year warranty, while the product has a limited lifetime warranty.  NichiFrontier resembles cedar shake and comes in boards of 7/16″ x 9 -1/4″ x 8′.

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By |July 25th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

CalStar Intros New Permeable Paver

CalStar Products, maker of award-winning fly ash bricks, this week announced a new paver that can be used in LEED projects in order to obtain credits for recycled content, regional materials, and stormwater design.  The paver, which is suitable for intense uses such as parking lots, alleys, crosswalks, and plazas, is made with 40% post-industrial recycled material and comes in several different colors.

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By |July 19th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|2 Comments

Inhabit Offers New Eco-Friendly Wall Flats

Inhabit makes a line of 3D wall flats from bagasse, a fiber that’s left over after juice is removed from sugarcane.  The wall flats are popular and the styles are contemporary.  There’s also a few more designs that were added to the line in June, including Luna, Hive, and Drift flats shown in this article.  Inhabit says the flats are non-toxic and biodegradable.  A box of wall flats [$] costs $86 and includes 10 tiles covering up to 22.5 square feet.

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By |July 8th, 2011|Materials, Modern design|2 Comments

USGBC Pilots Wood Certification Options

Once again, there is discussion in the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) to allow other wood certifying organizations to have a place within the LEED guidelines for green construction. The new Pilot Credit 43 [PDF] for certified products would allow several wood certifications — e.g., Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm — to contribute to a point under the trial credit.

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By |July 4th, 2011|LEED, Materials|0 Comments

Formica Unveils FSC-Certified Laminates

Earlier this week, Formica announced the availability of high-pressure, decorative laminates with full FSC certification at no additional charge.  The new, eco-friendlier laminates are manufactured in plants in Evendale, Ohio and St. Jean, Quebec and may contribute toward LEED credits in the certified wood category.

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By |June 24th, 2011|Materials, Surfaces|2 Comments