Redwood deck

Green Materials Report – Redwood

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! California Redwood California…

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Bark House Poplar Bark Panels

Green Materials Report – Wall Coverings

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series!   Wall Coverings…

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low voc paint

Green Materials Report – Low VOC Paint

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Low VOC Paint…

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Green Materials Report – Wood

This post is part of the green materials report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes green materials green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings.   Wood, and its long…

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Fiberglass insulation from Owens Corning

Green Materials Report – Fiberglass Insulation

This post is part of the green materials report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes green materials green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings.   Fiberglass insulation is a…

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Metal roofing

Green Materials Report: Metal Roofing

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Metal Roofing Metal…

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Cork flooring

Green Materials Report: Cork Flooring

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Cork Flooring Cork…

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CertainTeed air cleaning drywall

Green Materials Report – Air Cleaning Drywall

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Air Cleaning Drywall…

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Wool carpet

Green Materials Report: Wool Carpet

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Wool Carpet Wool is…

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Green Materials Report: Beetle-Kill Pine

A majority of the beetle-kill mountain pine forests destroyed by the mountain pine beetle remain standing as a hugely valuable unclaimed resource for building and manufacturing needs. But if left unclaimed, this same resource will transform into dry tinder releasing CO2 and potentially causing devastating forest fires. Companies taking the lead A number of millers, builders, and manufacturers have set impressive examples using this resource, but the amount of dead wood needing to be harvested is staggering. Here are a…

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Green Materials Report: Ecovative Design’s Mushroom Magic

Are there alternatives to foam when it comes tp packaging and insulation? Absolutely yes. contends Ecovative Design, a Green Island, NY company engaged in the design, development, and testing of new products and biomaterial applications. The company has launched two extremely green mushroom-based products. Start with the packaging material, said to perform in customized shapes like foam does. This high-performance alternative to molded or fabricated EPS, EPP, EPE is renewable, compostable, and cost-competitive. Ecovative’s Mushroom packaging, is a “Cradle to Cradle Gold…

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Green Materials Report: Breeze a Green Landscaping Product

For those many people who have struggled to build garden pathways or patios and lost the challenge to an uncontrolled mishmash of weeds or broken concrete, breeze is a green material worth trying. Crushed breeze, also referred to as crusher fines (dust and fine grains remaining from crushed rock), is used as an inexpensive walkway material that can be used by itself, with flagstone or brick pavers. Breeze sizing ranges from a 3/8” to ¼” crushed material. A variety of colors…

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FSC certified lumber

Green Materials Report: FSC Certified Lumber

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! FSC Certified Lumber…

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Sean Cochrane; Sustainable Expert

Entrepreneurs are what gives the rest of mankind the hope that they can dream and accomplish anything they set their mind to. Sean Cochrane is a name that has become synonymous with sustainability in entrepreneurship. He started with his company in Australia, called “Allsafe Energy Efficient Products,” which is a sustainable energy retail operation. He then partnered with Ray Titus and opened the first of many international stores, this one named SuperGreen Solutions in North Palm Beach, FL. SuperGreen Solutions…

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Permeable concrete allows water to drain through

Green Materials Report: Permeable Concrete

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Permeable Concrete Permeable…

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Ceramic tile

Green Materials Report: Ceramic Tile

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Ceramic Tile Ceramic…

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Wheatboard under veneers

Green Materials Report: Wheatboard

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned. We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings. Enjoy the series! Wheatboard Wheatboard is…

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