Building Materials Nutrition Label: Declare

Declare is a new “nutrition label” or ingredient label for building materials that will provide an answer to three main questions: First, where does this product come from?  Second, what is it made of?  Third, where does it go at the end of its life?  Seems like three hard questions to answer on one product label, but as you can see in the label attached above, Declare gets the job done.

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By |October 3rd, 2012|News, Products|0 Comments

New Cork Wall Tiles by Cali Bamboo

Cali Bamboo offers indestructible bamboo floors and bamboo decking, as well as a new cork wall panel under a new company brand referred to as GreenClaimed — a reference to a material that’s been reimagined, revived, or recovered and then transformed into something new.  In this case, the new Designer Cork Tiles are panels made with the bark of cork oak trees.

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By |October 2nd, 2012|Materials, Nature|0 Comments

Alpen HPP Buys Serious Windows Assets

If you’re a designer, builder, or future owner of a high performance home, you’ll probably be interested in knowing that fiberglass window products previously sold under the SeriousWindows brand will now be sold under the Alpen brand.  Boulder-based Alpen High Performance Products announced the purchase of assets including the fiberglass window and architectural glass operation from California-based Serious Energy, Inc.

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By |September 30th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Products|0 Comments

Passivhaus Door Handmade in the USA

Hammer and Hand, a high-performance builder with offices in Seattle and Portland, recently announced the production of ultra-efficient custom doors for use with Passive House projects.  The doors are designed and built in southeast Portland to the rigorous requirements of Passive House and help project teams avoid a potential economic premium and the carbon emissions associated with importing a similar product across the Atlantic from a European supplier.  The company’s first door — shown in video here — was installed at their Karuna House project, which is pursuing PHIUS+ Passive House, Minergie-P-ECO, LEED for Homes Platinum, and net-zero energy designations (which I’ll explore in a subsequent article).  More about custom Passive House doors.

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By |September 28th, 2012|Passive House, Products|0 Comments

How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Know Wood Trends (Part 3 of 5)

Last week I shared how reclaimed wood flooring can suit almost any style, and this week I want to continue with the style topic to discuss the newest wood trends in flooring.  Here are some “trends” to keep in mind while remodeling with reclaimed wood flooring.

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By |September 26th, 2012|Columns, Materials|1 Comment

Reclaimed Barnwood Bricks for the Home

You’ve seen tile that looks like a wood plank, and here’s a similar kind of variation on a theme: wood in the shape of a brick.  Barnwood Bricks is a patented line of hardwood flooring and cladding products made from reclaimed wood in Tennessee.  The bricks install kind of like tile with a special glue or grouting system, depending on the installation location.

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By |September 24th, 2012|Materials, Products|2 Comments