Category: Green Surfacing Blog

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CoveringsETC Creates Re-Purposed Furniture with Lufthansa Engine Spool

CoveringsETC showcased their new “Tecknik Project” for Lufthansa Airlines during Miami Ironside’s first “Open Friday Breakfast” monthly event. Their Eco-Terr® “Venetian Terrazzo” in the shade Bergamo Black G was used by the artist Linus Ilario Spano, to re-purpose an engine spool. The table and stools will be used in Lufthansa’s new Florida...

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Tips on Selling Energy Savings

In a blog post by Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd on the Insulation Institute website, Antonio De la Carrera of ADLCL Architecture gives some good advice on how builders can sell energy efficient upgrades to customers. De la Carrera has a great deal of experience with energy efficient, Net Zero and sustainable building. Through this...

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ISFA Releases 2017 Countertop Industry Outlook

Each year, the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), conducts extensive research and analyzes a wide range of statistics to develop the Countertop Industry Outlook, and although the outlook does not specifically name sustainable surfaces, it provides some important indicators on this segment of the market. Economic Outlook The first set of data...

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Environmentalists Concerned over new Trump Actions, Unsure of Green Building Effects

According to numerous trusted sources, such as Reuters news service and Scientific American,President Donald Trump’s new administration has been taking measures that appear to be undermining green initiatives by the United States. His administration reportedly ordered on Jan. 24 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the climate change page from...

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Hollywood Casino Project Includes TorZo Surfaces

Genesis Associates, a leading national design firm, has chosen to use three green materials manufactured by TorZo Sustainable Surfaces in the redesign of Hollywood Casinos in Jamul, Calif., just outside San Diego. The firm has partnered with Hollywood Casinos for several years now, designing remodels at multiple locations across the country. The...

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Trump Administration Could Set Back Green Building

A group of influential architects and green-building advocates have expressed concerns about the future of the sustainable building movement under the administration of President Donald Trump. These concerns were recently brought to light in an article published in the Architectural Record: What the New Administration Could Mean for Green Buildings. Can Trump...

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Study: Green Buildings Improve Work, Sleep

According to a recently published article, a new study shows there are significant benefits to working in a “green building”. The study compared statistics of workers in certified green buildings against those of people who worked in standard buildings. The results showed that those working in a certified green building received higher...

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Find Standards Info on ASTM International Website

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) was founded in 1898, by Charles B. Dudley, Ph.D., a chemist with the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 2001, the name was changed to ASTM International. ASTM’s world headquarters are located in West Conshohocken, Pa., with offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Peru and Washington, D.C. ASTM...

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Make Your Next Event Even Greener

If you are planning on having an event (company retreat, big client meeting, conference, etc.), and really want to show your dedication to the environment, the location the event is held can make a difference – and be a learning experience. Not only do you show that you care, but seeing a...

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US Open Goes Sustainable

In our search for all things green, recycled and sustainable, we came across this interesting post about the U.S. Open on Vetrazzo’s blog. The U.S. Open organization and the United States Tennis Association have been diligently working to lessen the environmental impact of the event. With initiatives in green building (as with Vetrazzo...

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TorZo Tiikeri Adds New Dimension to Office

TorZo Sustainable Surfaces is one of the country’s leading developers and manufacturers of green flooring and paneling, which is sourced from a variety of materials. One of the company’s latest products for floors, walls and other horizontal and vertical applications is comprised of 50 percent recycled and renewable sorghum straw and is...

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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...