If you want to wind up a building scientist, you might mention the topic of insulation. Better yet, mention the advent of expanded cork insulation in the United States from Portugal-based Amorim Isolamentos. The insulation is made from leftover material from cork bottle stopper production which is heated and sliced into boards, according to Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen. Thus, the insulation is rapidly renewable and entirely natural.
LiveWall, LLC, a Michigan-based company that makes living wall systems, just announced a mobile version of the LiveWall product called LiveScreen (not to be confused with another Live Screen that we mentioned). LiveScreen is available in four models (Access, Patio, 4S, and XL) and made with a waterproof aluminum frame on wheels. The product helps people grow plants in small spaces like porches, patios, and decks.
In the midst of an effort to reduce costs associated with standard pipe railing on a multifamily project, the founders of BŌK Modern happened upon innovation. Their epiphany came when they decided to use laser-cut flat metal formed using computer-automated machines (to reduce welding, grinding, and other unnecessary hand labor). Some of the panels were on display at the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference, and Houseplans.com editor Dan Gregory said they were “striking.”
If you’ve been following the story about my participation in the Delta 2012 Maker/DIY Blogger Event last week — Part I and Part II — you’re probably as impressed with the Delta Faucet Company as I am! You also might have caught the little teaser I gave at the end of my last article about a GIVEAWAY! And oh boy, is it a good one!
Chroma is a recycled-acrylic material by 3form that can be used as a horizontal surface. It’s best used in illuminated designs and is available with a matte finish and thousands of translucent color combinations. Up until now, 3form offered Chroma with 40% pre-consumer recycled content, but the company recently upgraded the formula, as explained in an article about closing the loop.
This is Metem, a material distributed by Minnesota-based Intectural, a sister company of Epicurean Cutting Surfaces and Loll Designs. Metem is made with old milk jugs — like Loll’s Rapson Collection — or to be more specific, post-consumer recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE). It’s highly durable and requires no maintenance, according to Intectural, and can used inside or out in wet or dry applications.