Monthly Archive: June 2016

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Kirei Offers EchoSky Acoustic Baffle Systems

Kirei offers 12 standard EchoSky systems created to fit your space. The rack-mounted EchoSky units can also be linked together for use in larger spaces and custom sizes and configurations can be made. Lightweight, modular rack components provide a stable foundation for the baffles.  An aluminum channel securely holds the baffles and...

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U.S. Green Building Council LA Introduces BuildSMART

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Los Angeles introduced BuildSMART – the Sustainable Materials and Resources Trailer. BuildSMART provides education on sustainable building by demonstrating applied sustainable building techniques and illustrating their benefits. The trailer is a mobile learning resource that demonstrates a healthy, sustainable living and working environment and is able to reach homeowners,...

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Better Buildings Challenge Partners Exceed $1.3 Billion in Energy Cost Savings

Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE works with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by...

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Guest Editorial: The Sustainability Case for Sintered Stone

By Jessica McNaughton Sintered Stone is the hottest new entrant to the surfacing market, with superior performance and durability – but does it have a sustainability story? As a distributor of many building materials with sustainable characteristics, we often get asked, “’What is the perfect material?” We always explain that while there...

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TCNA Announces EPD for North American-Made Grout and Mortar

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) recently announced two industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for tile mortar and tile grout made in North America. These EPDs are based on a comprehensive analysis by Thinkstep, Inc. (formerly PE International) of over 2.25 billion kg of products produced annually in North America.  After...

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Mosa Offers Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Tile

Cradle to Cradle was developed by Prof. Michael Braungart (EPEA) and architect William McDonough (MBDC) and has since become a well-known sustainability concept. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) was founded in 2011 and manages the Cradle to Cradle product standard. Headquartered in San Francisco, the institute is led by...

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TorZo Introduces Balsa Fusion Sustainable Surfacing Material

TorZo introduced the latest addition to its line of sustainable surfacing materials, Balsa Fusion. Balsa panels were conceptualized for those in search of sustainably sourced, naturally lighter and unique material surfacing options. Sourced from rapidly-renewable tree plantations in South America and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, Balsa panels reportedly provide excellent...

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TCNA Releases Ceramic Tile Health and Safety Bulletin

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) released a new resource to communicate the benefits of choosing ceramic tile, particularly when health and safety are primary considerations. TCNA produced the bulletin to provide information in response to increasing interest in the health and safety aspects of various building materials, in both commercial and...

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Coverings Etc Offers Sustainable Tiles

Coverings Etc offers several types of sustainable tiles. Many of these tiles are made from familiar materials, including cement and porcelain, but the company is also pioneering solid surface tiles manufactured from different types of industrial waste. Other products include tiles made from recycled glass bottles (BIO-GLASS) and aluminum that has been...