There’s been a lot of talk about cotton insulation, but I’ve seen it used in countless projects. It’s probably worth noting that Bonded Logic’s recycled-content product hit the mainstream with a roll-out of UltraTouch Denim Insulation to 165 Lowe’s stores this month. The product is made with 80% post-consumer recycled natural fibers and doesn’t have added formaldehyde, VOCs, or chemical irritants, according to Bonded Logic.
This year Sherwin Williams introduced ColorCast EcoToner, which is a new tinting system that won’t add VOCs to paints. The new colorants “maintain the paint’s full body after tinting, delivering thick, rich coats for maximum performance,” according to a company press release. The ColorCast EcoToner system is available for any hue in the Sherwin Williams color palette (as well as custom color matches, too). ColorCast EcoToner colorants are now used for Emerald paints and all other Sherwin Williams latex and water-based coatings as of July 1, 2012. Perhaps you’ve already used paints with this system — thoughts?
Viridian Reclaimed Wood, a company we first mentioned in relation to their shipping pallet flooring, recently introduced a new range of FSC-certified, reclaimed, old-growth Douglas Fir tabletops. Co-owner Joe Mitchoff said the tabletops come from an inventory of beams reclaimed from abandoned warehouses, decrepit docks, and old gymnasiums.
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.”