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Boral Intros Cradle to Cradle Exterior Trim

After five years of internal and third-party testing, Boral USA today announced the introduction of TruExterior Trim, an exterior trim material made with a blend of bio-based polymers and coal combustion product materials.  The poly-ash product contains a minimum of 70% recycled content and a Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver designation.

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Reclaimed Joshua Collection by Amenity

The word reclaimed is often used these days.  Just in the past week or so, we’ve seen a reclaimed bathroom, reclaimed pallet floors, and reclaimed housing.  So here’s one more: reclaimed furniture in the form of the new Joshua Collection by Amenity.  Named for the famous Joshua Tree, this furniture is handmade from Douglas Fir that was harvested and milled 50-100 years ago and seasoned in the sun of California for decades.

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New FSC Floor Made with Old Pallets

A couple days after writing about Arctic Plank floors made with reclaimed shipping pallets, Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products announced two new flooring products made from shipping pallets and crates.  The two lines are FSC-certified, 100% reclaimed, and available with or without a low-VOC polyurethane finish.

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Simple Water Collection for a Retrofit

Rainwater Pillow Cistern

If you’re looking for a cost effective alternative to a below ground rainwater cistern, the Rainwater Pillow, which was on display at Greenbuild NEXT, may be your answer.  Easy to locate under a deck or in a crawl space, the Rainwater Pillow is ideal for a retrofit project where placing a typical above or below ground cistern may prove difficult.  As long as you have a flat surface with no obstructions the Rainwater Pillow can be laid out tied into your landscape irrigation system with ease.

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Smith & Fong Expands Line at Greenbuild

SoyBond From Smith & Fong

Smith & Fong debuted SoyBond, a bamboo flooring and plywood line with a soy-based formaldehyde free adhesive system, at this year at the USGBC’s GreenbuildSmith & Fong has always promoted and offered non-urea formaldehyde resins; however, the step to a soy-based formaldehyde-free adhesive advances their product line further.

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A Different Kind of ICF from Durisol

Insulated concrete forms (ICF) are an appealing method of construction because they offer a good combination of strength and energy performance. For foundations, they offer a far more insulated wall than conventional CMU or poured concrete. There are those who don’t like the plastics in ICFs, but not all ICFs are made with petroleum products. Durisol has been making ICF blocks using only wood fiber and cement, and these blocks offer a number of advantages that make them an appealing construction material.

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