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′.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clayhaus Ceramics, maker of eco-friendly ceramic tiles in Portland, recently announced a new partnership with Modwalls, a web-based seller of modern tile and wall coverings. The companies are now offering Clayhaus for Modwalls, which is a custom collection of modern ceramic tiles available online through Modwalls.