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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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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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Trendy Handmade Tile Now at Modwalls

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.

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