Recycled and Recyclable Surface Option

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I just noticed this translucent surface material on Inhabitat yesterday, and it looks interesting.  Bio-Glass is a Coverings Etc product that the company claims is both 100% recycled and recyclable.  Like many other products on the market, this one is made with recycled bottles.  However, according to Building Green, the product is made with either pre-consumer or post-consumer recycled content, or mixture of both, depending on the color. 

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By |February 17th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|0 Comments

What’s the Best Green Interior Paint?

When it comes to green building, indoor air quality is something you can’t neglect.  One of ways to build and renovate with a focus on indoor air quality is to use a no- or low-VOC interior paint.  Going with a VOC-free paint color (both the paint and the tint) is the only way to do things these days.

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By |February 12th, 2010|IAQ, Products|7 Comments

Reusing Wood from Aged Snow Fence

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When heavy snow, strong winds, and cold weather converge, highway driving can become difficult in a state like Wyoming.  There, you’ll see miles of snow fence to mitigate this condition.  Centennial Snowfence, a division of Centennial Woods, manages ~270 miles of snow fence inventory in Wyoming, and since 1999, the company has built or renewed over 85 miles of it.  In the process, Centennial Woods harvests old ponderosa and lodgepole pine boards for reuse, such as in homes or in retail or commercial projects.

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By |February 11th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|6 Comments

A Permeable Solution with Drivable Grass

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California-based Soil Retention is behind a product, Drivable Grass, that many of you may be interested in.  The name is somewhat of a misnomer, because, as you will see below, the infill doesn’t have to be grass.  It can be gravel of various kinds, too.  Drivable Grass is a flexible product that can be used as a substitute for concrete and asphalt driveways, patios, parking lots, RV pads, boat ramps, and the like.

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By |February 11th, 2010|Materials, Water Efficiency|9 Comments

Waste Not with a Combo Sink Toilet

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You’ve probably already seen this toilet and sink combination before.  It’s the W+W – short for washbasin and watercloset – from Roca.  The product, currently available overseas, reuses waste water from the sink in the discharge of the cistern, which helps it reduce water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3 liter dual-flush toilet.

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By |February 8th, 2010|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|4 Comments

Ultra-Thin Super Insulation with Aerogel

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Despite the fact that we are now living in the 21st century, aerogel insulation seems like a material out of science-fiction. It is the lightest solid known, although by volume it is 99% air. It is breathable, but it doesn't absorb water. It is incredibly strong for its weight. But most importantly, it is a fantastic insulator.

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By |February 4th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Materials|36 Comments