This week DuChateau Floors announced that the company is bringing European-style floors to the U.S. market with an eco-friendly hard wax oil and FSC-certified woods. DuChateau has eight distinct collections with long-length, wide-plank, or parquet patterns that have been hand scrapped, smoked, wire-brushed, and treated for a vintage, old-world look. They’re made for interior commercial, retail, and residential applications, whether on the floor, ceiling, or wall.
In an economic climate that has companies hunkering down rather than innovating, sustainability leader Kliptech has spent considerable effort making their EcoTop recycled-paper countertops even more environmentally-friendly and affordable. This extremely durable surface material already received plenty of LEED points for its high recycled content — and at $35sq/ft, EcoTop was a pretty good deal.
So why mess with a good thing?
Housefish, a modular furniture company based in Denver, Colorado, conceived a new shelf design with inspiration from a beehive. Called Hex Modular Shelving, each shelf is made with custom aluminum extrusions that are light, strong, and hexagonal. The extrusions are then paired with FSC-certified, zero-VOC finish, maple plywood boards to create a strong and contemporary piece of furniture.
K-tect Sustainable Building Systems makes a wall system that the company calls the “newest generation of structural insulated panels.” Although not a sandwich panel, the system is kind of like rSTUD but different and more comprehensive. K-tect includes a light-gauge, metal-stud frame with insulation in a thermally broken assembly (see below) that improves thermal efficiency and controls noise.
3form — creator and fabricator of modern, eco-friendly surfaces — is in the middle of Greenweek, which is an annual effort to improve environmental performance within the company. So it makes sense that they would introduce a new material made with used paper cuts. Paper Cut is a Varia Ecoresin with at least 40% pre-consumer recycled content; it’s made in 48″ x 96″ sheets of various gauges. Looks fun!
California-based Modwalls now has ModRocks in stock. The product is made with 100% post-consumer recycled glass on a mesh backing. A single interlocking sheet (12″ x 12″) has ~1024 pebbles, each with a diameter of ~0.39 inches. The pebbles come from crushed consumer bottles (no melting required), and ModRocks can be used in residential or commercial applications in both wet and dry areas. One sheet is $25.95.