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Warmboard Unveils Retrofit Radiant Panel

This month Warmboard announced a new radiant heating panel, Warmboard-R, that is thinner than its other panel, making it ideal for remodels and renovations.  Warmboard-R is 13/16″ thick (as compared to 1-1/8″ for the standard version) and provides the same radiant heat performance.

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Viola Park is a Healthy Modular Kitchen

Viola Park, a company of Henrybuilt, has been growing this year with new offerings and a showroom in Los Angeles.  The company makes eco-friendly, modular kitchens, sold directly to consumers, with a full system of cabinets, pulls, drawer inserts, work surfaces, backsplashes, shelving systems, and integrated lighting.

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Modern FSC Pieces by JH2 OneTreeHome

There’s a beautiful collection of sustainable furniture called JH2 OneTreeHome that launched at ICFF earlier this year. Founded by John Houshmand and Jack Donenfeld, New York-based JH2 OneTreeHome offers beds, benches, coffee tables, side tables, consoles, dining tables, and desks — all made with a blend of glass, steel, and wood, FSC-certified Nanciton and Cedro Macho, from Nicaragua.  In fact, some of this wood comes from trees felled during Hurricane Felix in 2007. Prices vary by item.

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Inhabit Offers New Eco-Friendly Wall Flats

Inhabit makes a line of 3D wall flats from bagasse, a fiber that’s left over after juice is removed from sugarcane.  The wall flats are popular and the styles are contemporary.  There’s also a few more designs that were added to the line in June, including Luna, Hive, and Drift flats shown in this article.  Inhabit says the flats are non-toxic and biodegradable.  A box of wall flats [$] costs $86 and includes 10 tiles covering up to 22.5 square feet.

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USGBC Pilots Wood Certification Options

Once again, there is discussion in the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) to allow other wood certifying organizations to have a place within the LEED guidelines for green construction. The new Pilot Credit 43 [PDF] for certified products would allow several wood certifications — e.g., Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm — to contribute to a point under the trial credit.

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Top 10 Green Building Products [2011]

Sustainable Industries recently announced its sixth-annual Top 10 Green Building Products as selected from more than 100 entries this year by an expert panel of judges.  The products have been chosen based on a view toward environmental performance, scalability/market impact, innovativeness, design aesthetic, value and compatibility with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.  Here are all ten:

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