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.
Kraftplex and Wellboard are two wood-based products made by Well Ausstellungssystem Gmbh. They’re intended for flat-panel applications, furniture design, and more, and they’re both made from 100% cellulose. That means there is no formaldehyde added in adhesives or binders (although there is some naturally occurring formaldehyde in wood). The difference between the two is that Kraftplex is a flat sheet of the material, and Wellboard comes in a few different corrugated profiles.
Starting in August, Geberit will ship the first tank and carrier system designed to fit in a standard 2″ x 4″ wall. The new innovation makes it easier to add a space-saving, wall-hung toilet to a renovation or new construction. It supports up to 880 pounds and seats between 15″ and 19″ of height.
Nichiha makes a premium shake siding called Sierra but they’ve just unveiled a new fiber-cement shake for those looking for something similar at a lower price point. Available in July 2011, NichiFrontier is made in Macon, Georgia with 50% recycled content and comes primed or stained in four colors (Hazelnut, Prairie, Shadow, and Terra). The finish has a 15-year warranty, while the product has a limited lifetime warranty. NichiFrontier resembles cedar shake and comes in boards of 7/16″ x 9 -1/4″ x 8′.