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Published on April 13th, 2008 | by Joel Bittle

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KBIS Report: It’s Getting Green in Here

KBISAs I walked around last year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, I asked where I could find the green products. I was encouraged to put on my walking shoes and make the trek to a minor hall where I found about twenty square feet devoted to five or six products that left little impression on me. Much has changed, it seems, in only one year. Green is the buzzword at this year’s show, helped in no small part by the host city, Chicago, showing off its green-ness through LEED building projects going up within sight of the convention center. Just about every booth displayed information on how green their products were. “Green building has become the spark that has added some life to this industry,” a representative from MasterBrand Cabinets told me.

Water saving innovators Kohler and TOTO made green the focus of their booths, proudly displaying the Watersense stickers on their high efficiency toilets. TOTO, who recycles 100% of their china, has developed a universal toilet bowl whose tank can be interchanged from a 1.6 gallon per flush to a 1.28 gpf e-tank.

Countertop manufacturers like Silestone and Cambria showed off their Greenguard certification while new, funky recycled material countertops like Alkemi, with its aluminum shavings in a clear resin, or Vetrazzo, with its large chunks of recycled glass in concrete, caught my attention.

The appliance section featured the best in ENERGY STAR appliance manufacturers like ASKO, LG, and Bosch, to name a few.

The area that I was most interested in was cabinets. There were a couple of small bamboo cabinet makers (though one I discovered was simply a laminate product) as well as several major cabinet makers showing off their KCMA-ESP certification of green manufacturing practices. I spoke to many cabinet companies who continue to struggle to adapt to low formaldehyde level requirements like California’s upcoming CARB requirements, which are pushing manufacturers to lower emissions. The company that caught my eye was Executive Kitchens, who use a water-based, non-VOC stain and/or paint on all of their cabinets, and offer anything from their catalog in a formaldehyde-free plywood.

What this influx of green into KBIS means for those products that are clearly not green remains to be seen, but I couldn’t help but notice the juxtaposition of the low flow toilets only a couple of booths away from bathtubs that would require three water heaters to fill with warm water – or the showers with six showerheads sharing a booth with efficient bathroom fixtures. This only highlights that it is consumer demand that determines product offerings, so if you want green products, demand them!

JAGUARS EXTEND FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE DISCOUNT TICKET SALES TO GAME AGAINST KANSAS CITY CHIEFS site florida state college

US Fed News Service, Including US State News November 6, 2009 JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 4 — Florida Community College at Jacksonville issued the following news release:

Demand for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida State College at Jacksonville special offer of $30 and $40 tickets for the Nov. 8 game against the Kansas City Chiefs has surpassed the original 300 available seats. Because of the great demand, Florida State College has arranged to provide up to 500 ticketholders with the transportation, tailgate party and t-shirt deals.

The Jaguars have stepped up and will continue the special-price seating for tickets beyond 500, sold in advance through this offer, until 2 p.m. on Nov. 7. After that, ticket prices for the designated block of seats will be $55 and $65. Only the first 500 who take advantage of this deal can be guaranteed the free parking and transportation to the game (leaving from the Florida State College Administration Building/Martin Center parking lot at 501 W. State St. from 10 a.m. until noon), a tailgate party in Lot V with food and beverages, a teal and black Florida State College/Jaguars t-shirt, and prizes of Club Seat upgrades and merchandise.

This special ticket pricing is available to the public. Affiliation with Florida State College is not required to take advantage of this offer.

An added bonus: Nov. 8 is Military Appreciation Day, and there is the promise of an outstanding fly-over in honor of our service-men and -women around the globe. go to web site florida state college

Tickets ordered through this offer may be picked up at Will Call. To order, choose from the following methods:

* Phone: Call in your order to 904.633.6345.

* Fax: 904.633.6338.

Media Note: Florida State College Day at the Jaguars is happening with the support of not only the Jaguars and the College. Many businesses have joined in to make this event possible. Just a few examples: Biscotti’s, Chef’s Garden and Chartwells have donated food and desserts. Southeastern Paper donated the paper products for the tailgate party. The Dalton Agency and McDonalds donated beverages. PRI and Dana’s Limos provided services at a discount.

Photo Opportunities include:

* “Jaguar Rally Day” Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 at Kent Campus (3939 Roosevelt Blvd.) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with visits from the Roar, Jaxson deVille and a strong show of the College’s support of the Jaguars! This will be a great visual follow-up to Touchdown Jacksonville’s revival to boost support for the team.

* Busloads of up to 500 black-and-teal-garbed Florida State College students, employees and friends en route to the stadium Nov. 8.

* A bus-ride preview of a special short video that will play on the Jumbo-Tron during the third quarter.

Michael Corby, 904/632-3310, 904/608-0415.




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  • http://kitchenvillage.blogspot.com David Summer

    Joel,

    Executive Kitchens is definitely an innovative player in the Green Cabinet arena. I applaud them for being way ahead of the competition in going to a full complement of waterborne finishes.

    Another innovative supplier is Koch & Co out of Seneca, Kansas. Koch offers a GREEN Series cabinet constructed with a Wheat Board Panel. The Wheat Board is a particleboard manufactured from Wheat stalk fiber rather than tree fiber. The binders are also urethane based so there is no formaldehyde in the adhesives! Awesome product line available in both Low-VOC and No-VOC finishes.

    Koch has recently obtained the KCMA’s ESP certification on their Classic (traditional particleboard) and Imperial (traditional plywood) series; but their greater source of pride, the GREEN series, is what they were actively promoting at KBIS. If you missed them at the show, you can get information from their web site at http://www.kochcabinets.com or my blog at http://www.kitchenvillage.blogspot.com .

    Best regards,

    David Summer
    Manager, Contractor Sales Division
    Kitchen Village
    Arlington Heights, IL

  • http://kitchenvillage.blogspot.com David Summer

    Joel,

    Executive Kitchens is definitely an innovative player in the Green Cabinet arena. I applaud them for being way ahead of the competition in going to a full complement of waterborne finishes.

    Another innovative supplier is Koch & Co out of Seneca, Kansas. Koch offers a GREEN Series cabinet constructed with a Wheat Board Panel. The Wheat Board is a particleboard manufactured from Wheat stalk fiber rather than tree fiber. The binders are also urethane based so there is no formaldehyde in the adhesives! Awesome product line available in both Low-VOC and No-VOC finishes.

    Koch has recently obtained the KCMA’s ESP certification on their Classic (traditional particleboard) and Imperial (traditional plywood) series; but their greater source of pride, the GREEN series, is what they were actively promoting at KBIS. If you missed them at the show, you can get information from their web site at http://www.kochcabinets.com or my blog at http://www.kitchenvillage.blogspot.com .

    Best regards,

    David Summer
    Manager, Contractor Sales Division
    Kitchen Village
    Arlington Heights, IL

  • http://stlhomeboy.blogspot.com Joel Bittle

    Thanks for the information, David. I have some experience with Koch’s Humabuilt line and have been very impressed with their wheat board cabinets. I’m glad you mentioned them here because they definitely belonged in the original post.

  • http://stlhomeboy.blogspot.com Joel Bittle

    Thanks for the information, David. I have some experience with Koch’s Humabuilt line and have been very impressed with their wheat board cabinets. I’m glad you mentioned them here because they definitely belonged in the original post.

  • Jackie

    Please take a look at Caroma for true water-saving innovation. This is the company that developed the first two button dual flush system….in 1984. Dual flush technology is recognized around the world for significantly reducing toilet water consumption. Caroma now has 37 models available in North America, 36 of which are WaterSense approved. No other manufacutrer comes close to having that many HETs approved for both their water savings and their performance.

  • Jackie

    Please take a look at Caroma for true water-saving innovation. This is the company that developed the first two button dual flush system….in 1984. Dual flush technology is recognized around the world for significantly reducing toilet water consumption. Caroma now has 37 models available in North America, 36 of which are WaterSense approved. No other manufacutrer comes close to having that many HETs approved for both their water savings and their performance.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyerno9/sets/72157604524365446 Mark Schulte

    Hi Joel, did you happen to swing by our booth in the Lakeshore building? The President of my company and I were discussing how we could make Cardinal Shower [http://www.CardinalShower.com] a more ‘green’ company. Do you have any suggestions?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyerno9/sets/72157604524365446 Mark Schulte

    Hi Joel, did you happen to swing by our booth in the Lakeshore building? The President of my company and I were discussing how we could make Cardinal Shower [http://www.CardinalShower.com] a more ‘green’ company. Do you have any suggestions?

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