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.
Although formaldehyde is now listed as a known carcinogen by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, humans will be exposed to this substance in the environment, at home, and in the workplace. It’s in soil, food, and water, not to mention one of the primary methods of exposure: indoor and outdoor air. And besides being a carcinogen, health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; and severe allergic reactions, according to the EPA.
Fireclay Tile, manufacturer of Express and Debris tile, recently introduced a new line of 100% recycled-content, glass tile called Crush. Fireclay acquired the technology to make Crush from Sandhill Industries (Idaho) and now makes the eco-friendly product in California with locally-sourced, pre-consumer window glass. Crush is available in gloss or matte finishes in 40 colors and 17 sizes. In addition, it’s fit for both residential and commercial applications and may contribute to various LEED credits.