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Add Beauty and Efficiency to Your Home with LaCantina Doors


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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Create a Green Wall with MossFrame from Benetti Stone


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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Vertical Garden Keeps Casa CorManca Cool and Comfortable


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


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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Sustainable CAFquiet Studless Wall System Provides Eco-Friendly Acoustic Protection


Sustainable construction materials manufacturer, Stramit USA, has introduced an interior partition system called CAFquiet™ Studless Wall System, made from their proprietary compressed agricultural fiber (CAF) board, which requires no studs to install unique, noise-insulated interior environments.

Included in the GreenBuilder Editor’s Choice Hot 50 Products for 2013,  CAFquiet walls are manufactured from agricultural waste to create a matrix of organic material that absorbs and dissipates sound. Easily installed using clips and steel tracks, the system is perfect for creating partitions in music studios, hospitals and medical clinics, schools, and offices, especially when privacy and sound insulation is required by law.

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Everything Old is New Again: Furniture with a Repurpose


Here are some of our favorite designers who salvage and repurpose discarded materials into art that functions as furniture. Take some inspiration from these artists and get creative in your workshop. There are lots of ways that you can make everything old become new again!

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