Teragren Grows Strand Bamboo Floor Line

Teragren, one of the largest manufacturers of bamboo materials based in North America, recently expanded the popular Portfolio line of floating, strand bamboo flooring with the addition of “Portfolio Naturals.”  The four new looks — Java, Chestnut, Wheat, and Brindle — have been favorites in other Teragren product lines and expand a Portfolio line that’s quick to install.

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By |May 30th, 2012|Materials|1 Comment

Stratum is a Bamboo-Filled Surface Material

So, what do you get when you sandwich a plywood bamboo material called PlyBoo with two sheets of a paper-composite called RichliteStratum, a new countertop material made through a venture between Smith & Fong and Richlite Company.  The material was inspired by nature and the majestic basalt cliffs of Palouse Canyon in eastern Washington.

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By |March 7th, 2012|Modern design, Surfaces|5 Comments

Haiku: Most Efficient Ceiling Fan in World

Just as Nest changed the thermostat game, perhaps Haiku will change the residential ceiling fan game.  This is the “world’s most efficient ceiling fan,” the “quietest fan in the world,” and the “most sustainable” fan, according to Big Ass Fan, the company behind the new product.

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By |March 4th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Technology|50 Comments

BamDeck is a New Bamboo Deck Option

Cali Bamboo is now offering a new product, BamDeck, which is a composite material made with 100% recycled content — 60% recycled bamboo fibers, 40% recycled plastics.  It’s twice as dense and strong as the leading competitor, according to Cali Bamboo, and doesn’t require sealing, painting, or refinishing.  BamDeck comes in four colors (natural, coffee, caramel, and slate) and three surface options (smooth, rigid, or alternating).  Quotes available through Cali Bamboo.

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By |September 25th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

NanaWall Unveils Bamboo Folding Doors

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NanaWall Systems, maker of beautiful folding door systems, just announced a partnership with Lamboo, maker of laminated bamboo, pursuant to which the companies will offer the first door system in the country with laminated bamboo framing.  The product will help contribute toward LEED certification in a number of areas, according to a press release.

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By |November 18th, 2010|Green Tech, Materials|0 Comments

Indestructible Fossilized Bamboo Floor

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Let’s say you get a lot of floor traffic or you have a kid that jabs Hot Wheels into the ground.  Maybe you have a dog that runs in circles, and you want a strong wood floor.  You’ll probably look for a high Janka scale rating — a measure of hardness — to find something that will hold up against denting and wear.  You might even consider this strand woven floor from Cali Bamboo that the company says received a 5,000+ pound score in recent tests.

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By |September 14th, 2010|Materials, Surfaces|2 Comments