Monolith is a Wall-Mount Efficient Toilet

One of the “Must-See” products of the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show was this wall-hung tank and carrier system from Geberit called the Monolith.  Monolith installs in construction or a renovation (if you’re interested in moving the sewer to the wall) and saves bathroom space by tucking the tank and valves behind glass.  The product comes with a couple water-efficient flush options and black or white glass, though I can’t seem to locate Monolith anywhere on the Geberit US website.  Keep your eyes open for availability.

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By |April 27th, 2012|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|1 Comment

1G is a Water-Wise Tornado of a Toilet

TOTO just introduced a new toilet called 1G and announced that it’s the first manufacturer to break the one-gallon per flush barrier for a gravity-fed toilet, according to a recent statement.  1G is like a tornado in the toilet — less the noise of pressure-assist version — with a Double Cyclone flushing system.

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By |April 25th, 2012|Products, Water Efficiency|5 Comments

Loll Debuts Fresh Eco-Friendly Furniture

Just in time for outdoor entertaining and BBQ, Loll Designs introduced a new line called the Fresh Air Collection derived from a flat-pack design for furniture originally intended to be shipped in a prefab, disaster-relief home.  The home never materialized but that didn’t stop Loll from finishing their designs.  The collection is made with paper-composite Richlite for structural bracing and recycled and recyclable HDPE (from milk jugs).  Fresh Air includes a table at $760 and benches from $210.

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By |April 19th, 2012|Furniture, Modern design, Recycled|1 Comment

Viridian Debuts New Reclaimed Oak Floor

Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products, a company we’ve mentioned in relation to reclaimed veneer panels and shipping pallet floors, just announced the debut of “American Classics.”  These are a new line of reclaimed red oak, white oak, and rustic oak floors derived from industrial shipping crates.

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By |April 11th, 2012|Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

A Wood Panel System for Passivhaus

The main driver for the performance and affordability of the recently-mentioned Rainbow Duplex is a panelized prefab system of construction that was designed to help projects meet the Passive House standard.  BC Passive House in Canada has a manufacturing plant that’s making these panels, and I thought it would be interesting to share what’s inside the company’s next-gen, high-performance panels.

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By |April 11th, 2012|Materials, Passive House|11 Comments

New Glazed Brick for Eco-Friendly Design

Fireclay Tile recently announced “the most sustainable glazed brick ever produced” with a new Glazed Thin Brick for interior and exterior applications. The brick is available in nine colors and made in the USA with a skinny brick sourced from McNear Brick and Block near San Jose, California. Glazed Thin Brick has anywhere from 30-90% post-consumer recycled content and a lead- and VOC-free glaze.

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By |April 4th, 2012|Materials, Recycled|0 Comments