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Stone Forest Offers Copper Farmhouse Sink

Posted on 19 April 2017 by cradmin

Stone Forest Copper Farmhouse SinkFollowing suit with the rest of Stone Forest products, the copper farmhouse sink is hand-crafted by artisans. The company stated that the farmhouse sink is fabricated using 16-gauge double-walled copper. The sink is also foam filled for vibration and noise reduction. Like all other natural elements, copper is a living finish so it will achieve a patina or “weathered” look with use and exposure to the elements of everyday living. The copper sink is made from 100 percent recycled materials, which are 99.14 percent pure copper (standard), and lead free.

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Vetrazzo Offers A New “Coffee House” Inspired Color Option for Recycled Glass Surfacing

Posted on 07 August 2015 by cradmin

VetrazzoBarista_Art_v2Vetrazzo has announced a new surface color option to its line of recycled glass surfacing material. The new color, called Coffee House, is inspired by the beige and brown tones of coffee. It is made with amber colored shards from recycled jars, beer, and wine bottles and clear, crushed flint glass. Vetrazzo is a manufacturer of surfacing material made from 85 percent post-consumer recycled glass added to portland cement. This eco-friendly product can be used anywhere natural stone is used, including architectural cladding, countertops, hearths/fireplace surrounds and tabletops.

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Tesselle Offers 3 Silicrete Concrete and Recycled Glass Tile Designs

Posted on 05 June 2015 by cradmin

tesselle Facets concrete  recylced glass tileSilacrete tiles from Tesselle, made from 50 percent recycled glass and 50 percent concrete, are available now in a variety of finishes, including printed designs, photorealistic, murals, custom designs and solid colors. They are suitable for indoor applications, such as countertops, backsplashes, floors or walls, and outdoors on walls. The Digitally printed versions allow brilliant designs with an unlimited number of colors, perfect registration and thin grout lines. Made from an engineered concrete composite that contains cement, glass and polymer, the tiles are 1/4-in. thick, and come in sizes up to 18 by 24 in. They can be used to imitate many ceramic techniques. or create photo realistic designs, effects and murals.
Other features include

  • Made in the United States
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds per sq. ft.
  • Abrasion Resistance (ASTM D4060 – S42 paper, 500 gm load, 1,500 cycles): 60 – 70 milligram loss
  • Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF Acutest): Greater than .42 wet for floor tile
  • Water Absorption Body (ASTM C373): 3.17% Semi-vitreous | Water Absorption Surface: 0%
  • Thermal Shock Resistance (ASTM C484): No visual defects
  • Color Uniformity (ASTM C609): V2 to V3
  • Flammability (ASTM E84): Class A

Three specific patterns are readily available: Facets, Matrisse and Theri.  Facets (shown here) is a printed tile pattern that forms a non-repeating pattern with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of 3 tile patterns that are printed on Silacrete. Each Facets tile is 6 in. Matrisse is a 2-tile pattern, printed with a photographic technique, which forms a design that features traditional tile influences and the illusion of illumination, with a modern twist. Each Matrisse tile is 12-in. square and are available in Mist, Flaxen and Sea designs. Theri is a printed pattern that forms a non-repeating design with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of four tile patterns that are laid out in random order. Each Theri tile is 12 in. square and at least a half a dozen colors in this pattern are available.

You may also be interested in this article about KB Express’ pre-made tile backsplash system.

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TorZo Launches Surfacing Material Made from Recycled Denim

Posted on 16 January 2015 by cradmin

Torzo DenimTorZo Sustainable Surfaces launched a surfacing material – Denim – made from recycled denim fabric scraps. The denim board is infused with an acrylic resin and mounted to baltic birch plywood, resulting in a panel that is extremely hard and durable, reports the company. As with all TorZo products, Denim is NAUF, made in Oregon and can contribute to LEED certification in several categories. It can be used for vertical, horizontal and specialty applications in any market segment. And, it’s easily fabricated using standard woodworking tools and practices. Suitable performance and durability is achieved through the exclusive TorZo Surfaces infusion process, which provides resistance to abrasion and scratching. Standard lamination to a Baltic Birch plywood backer board gives the panel added dimensional strength. It is offered in two surface treatments: one is finished without filling surface voids, providing a more rustic, textured appearance, and the other is filled and sanded, which eliminates the majority of the surface voids (perfect for horizontal applications). It comes in 2-ft. x 4-ft. sizes and in 1/2-in. thickness (including the plywood backer board). One sheet weighs 37 lbs.

You might be interested in this related article on KRION Ecocycle solid surface.

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Coverings ETC To Offer Larger Bio-Luminum Tiles

Posted on 20 November 2013 by cradmin

coverings etc bio-luminum tilesCoverings ETC has announced it will be offering its Bio-Luminum tiles in larger sizes. In the first quarter of 2014 the company will offer these tiles, made from recycled airplane parts, in 8- by 16-in. sizes. The tiles, which are currently available in 3- by 6-in. and 6- by 12-in. sizes, are developed from retired military aircraft, creating a modern and sleek looking design with an industrial feel. The 100 percent recycled product is made from recovered aircraft fuselages that are melted into blocks and sliced to create a lightweight textured tile.

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GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

Posted on 18 June 2013 by cradmin

glassrecycledmdGlass Recycled offers its Galaxy Collection line of surfacing material, designed to cater to multi-use development properties. The company’s boutique quality recycled glass surface is available for large scale multi-unit properties at near granite prices. The material features 100 percent recycled clear glass and porcelain particulate.

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Eos Surfaces Adds 2 New GEOS Colors

Posted on 19 April 2013 by cradmin

Eos Surfaces added  two new colors to its GEOS Recycled Glass Surface line. Juneau is a bright, jewel-toned turquoise and Rincon is a mosaic of olive, rust and light blue in a sand-hued base. Equally friendly to the fabricator as it is to the environment, GEOS is NSF, Green Circle and Elite Green certified, and may qualify for up to four LEED credit points. After being available in Home Depot in limited areas, GEOS will be rolling out to all Home Depot stores over the next 12 to 16 months.

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Surfaces and Sustainability in the Home

Posted on 29 November 2012 by CRadmin2


More and more people are choosing to go green and live as sustainable a life as possible, and one primary way to achieve this is to invest in a sustainable home. Maintaining a home includes many interconnected facets. How food and water is brought into the home can affect how sustainable it is. The transportation used to arrive and depart a home is also a factor. Energy and waste disposal are even more essential elements to sustainability, and a critical element includes all of the materials that make up the home, including kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces.

Sustainable Materials

A sustainable home must be built with sustainable materials. These materials have a lowor zero impact on the environment and are either renewable or made from recycled products. In addition, any coating or finishing on the materials must be organic, or at a minimum, water-based.

When it comes to the frame and walls of a home, sustainable materials include adobe, bamboo, rammed earth, straw bales and reclaimed brick, stone or metal. However, most of these materials do not make for decent countertops.

Some of the common sustainable materials used for kitchen countertops are as follows:

  • Recycled glass based materials – This is one of the most common materials used for green countertops. The recycled glass is mixed with concrete, resin or other solid surface materials, and it can comprise anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent of the total mass of the countertop as a whole. It may also be mixed with other sustainable materials such as fly ash, which is a byproduct of coal fuel.
  • Recycled paper – Recycled paper has become increasingly popular in recent years. The paper is mixed with a resin base and fabricated into slabs ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 inches in thickness. The resin base from at least one manufacturer is made from cashew shells. Although made of paper, these countertops are surprisingly heat and stain resistant.
  • End-grain bamboo – These chopping block type countertops are a type of plywood made from thin, rectangular pieces of bamboo. Bamboo is considered one of the best substitutes for wood because it grows much faster than trees. It is also relatively inexpensive and easy to handle.

The NSF is currently working on guidelines for a Product Category Rule (PCR) for sustainable residential countertops.

More Than Material

As a fabricator, you may think you are covered by simply offering one of the above materials to your eco-conscious clients. However, there is more to sustainability than the types of materials used. For some of your customers, the background of the materials and the facilities where they are fabricated are vitally important.

Many people seeking to build a sustainable home or make their current home eco-friendly will only use locally sourced materials. The transportation of materials from distant corners of the country or from other countries creates a large carbon footprint, and it is even larger for materials that are sourced from one location and manufactured in another before entering into the consumer market.

Another factor that may concern some customers is the sustainability of the fabricator. If you carry sustainable products but your building and processes are not green or LEED certified, then you may miss out on some sizable sales.

Ultimately, if you want a piece of the growning “green” market, you have to cater to that market on some level, and many of those that do, have found it to be well worth the effort.

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Grenite Receives NSF ‘Food Zone’ Certification

Posted on 24 November 2012 by cradmin

Grenite, an engineered stone product from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics received “food zone” certification from NSF International

“Saint-Gobain’s Grenite certification underscores the company’s commitment in meeting the highest food safety standards,” said Sarah Krol, general manager of NSF International’s Food Equipment Certification Program.

NSF International approved the use of Grenite as a table or countertop for “all food contact types” at a maximum temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the following Grenite colors: Raw (tan); Viridani (green); Rouho (red); Azulize (blue); Celebrity (black and tan); Birch Prada (beige); Cinario (light grey); and Java (brown). Grenite also has an NSF International “splash zone” certification, which means it can be used on surfaces that are subject to spillage, splash or other food soiling during operation.

Grenite is eligible for LEED points through the USGBC, and features up to 85 percent post-consumer recycled content. Manufactured in the United States, Grenite is GREENGUARD certified, nonporous, and durable, according to the company.

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SureCrete Design Offers 10 Terrazzo Concrete Designs

Posted on 05 November 2012 by cradmin

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SureCrete Design is now offering a full line of 10 terrazzo concrete designs that utilize the company’s Xtreme Series Terrazzo Mix. This high early-strength cement casting product allows for a 150 percent load of recycled aggregates.  Each terrazzo color uses both post-consumer and post-industrial materials, allowing it to offer multiple LEED points.

The company also trains fabricators to use the reduction method to cast cement-based terrazzo. This method is designed to reduce raw material costs by up to 25 percent.

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