Custom Color Sustainable Ceramic Tile Now Available from Fireclay Tile

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Founded in 1986, Fireclay Tile is a leading manufacturer of sustainable glass and ceramic tile that is based in San Jose, California. Fireclay creates 100% of its own product from locally sourced and recycled materials and produces its lead-free glazes in-house. All of its product lines can contribute to achieving LEED certification.

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By |August 12th, 2013|Surfaces|3 Comments

Eagle Ridge Does Much with Little and Wins 2013 AIA Housing Award

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Winning the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing Award in the One and Two Family Custom Housing category, Eagle Ridge is located on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state. It was designed by Gary Gladwish Architecture to satisfy the client’s desire for high levels of energy efficiencies while accommodating accessibility concerns.

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By |July 29th, 2013|Recycled|1 Comment

Add Beauty and Efficiency to Your Home with LaCantina Doors

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Last month, we posted an article about how to use interior sliding glass doors to increase home energy efficiencies in which we talked about how glass can add LEED points:

Glass doors can contribute to achieving U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings. Use of glass can add LEED points for reductions in lighting power density. Using glass, especially if it is made of recycled and recyclable materials, instead of drywall is a good, sustainable, and eco-friendly choice and will promote better indoor air quality by reducing the use of emitting materials such as adhesives and sealants. In new construction or renovations, smaller living spaces can be designed by reducing the access space that is required by traditional doors.

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By |July 9th, 2013|Products|1 Comment

Create a Green Wall with MossFrame from Benetti Stone

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MossFrame, from Italy-based Benetti Stone, is a decorative interior wall panel that is embedded with self-sustaining, low-maintenance lichen that does not require water, sunlight, or pruning to grow in lush green patterns wherever a fifty-percent room moisture level can be maintained.

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By |July 1st, 2013|Vegetation|0 Comments

Vertical Garden Keeps Casa CorManca Cool and Comfortable

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Casa CorManca is a sustainable home that was designed by Paul Cremoux Studio and is located in Mexico City, where sustainable construction has yet to make a significant impact on some of the world’s worst urban air pollution levels. Cremoux says that many of his clients do not yet realize the importance of a sustainable design strategy in heavily-populated city that is located in a hot, dry desert climate.

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By |June 17th, 2013|Vegetation|0 Comments

Vertical Garden at Spanish Hotel Ushüaia is a Green Air Conditioning System

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This living wall vertical garden at Hotel Ushüaia de Ibiza in Ibiza, Spain was designed by Urbanarbolismo who were assisted in the construction by Alicante forestal and Alijardín, and was the first greenwall garden system of its type.

Ceramic terracotta containers are interconnected but can retain unique substrates and vegetation. and porosity of the terracotta permits exchange of humidity. Drip and hand irrigation methods accommodate varying watering schedules.

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By |April 20th, 2013|Vegetation|2 Comments