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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Carbon Footprint Labeling Begins in China

Carbon Footprint Labeling Begins In China

Thanks to ClimateWire for this look into a new carbon footprint labeling program in China: A group of Chinese companies recently earned a certification from their government for producing goods with a significantly smaller carbon footprint than the market average, marking the start of a carbon labeling system in the country that is the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter. Although the idea of tracking carbon dioxide emissions is not completely new for Chinese businesses — companies regulated in seven Chinese…

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First 3D Printed House

An architecture firm that was founded in 2004 in Amsterdam by Hans Vermeulen, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit called DUS Architects is in the middle of a 3-year research project that may change the construction industry forever. They are working on building the first 3D-printed house called the 3D Print Canal House. The 3D Print Canal House is an exhibition/museum where visitors pay to interact and see the 3D printing process in action. This is a trial process where…

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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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Shipping lanes

Elimination of Tariffs on Environmental Goods Possible

Thanks to E & E News for this story: The United States and 13 other World Trade Organization members will discuss the possible easing of tariffs on environmental goods under a new negotiating track launching tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.S. trade representative announced plans early this year to pursue lower tariffs for goods like renewable energy components and advanced battery technology under President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate President Pro Tempore…

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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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Hy Fi tower by The Living

Bio-Tower Made of Bricks Grown from Corn

From DeZeen: New York studio The Living has completed this year’s MoMA PS1 gallery pavilion – a cluster of circular bio-towers built from bricks that have been grown from corn stalks and mushrooms. Hy-Fi was the winning project in the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) contest, which each year invites emerging architects to propose a temporary structure that will host MoMA Ps1‘s summer events. Designed by The Living principal David Benjamin, the structure is built from entirely from biodegradable materials. Each of the bricks used to construct it were grown rather than…

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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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IceStone countertops in kitchen

Green Materials Report: IceStone Countertops

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! IceStone Countertops IceStone…

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Rhino3 Creates Shipping Container Homes starting with a ‘Queen’

A new creation has come to fruition on the plains of Colorado. The first of its kind is called “Zulu Queen” and it is a Corten steel shipping container ‘high cube’ turned home. The designed home emerged from a team of an artist/architect and an outdoor woman/tech guru of Sam Austin and Jan Burton as they created firm Rhino3 (cubed). Their motto is: “Tiny dwellings at the intersection of art and sustainability” These containers were used to import goods to…

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UNH Names Innovative Composting Facility after Sustainable Agriculture Pioneer

The University of New Hampshire has named its high-tech composting/energy capture facility at the Organic Dairy Research Farm in honor of the sustainable agriculture pioneer who advanced the technology — the Joshua Nelson Energy Recovery Compost Facility. The facility is the only one of its kind at a land-grant university. Recently members of Nelson’s family and his former colleagues at Agrilab Technologies of Enosburg Falls, VT, gathered at the Organic Dairy Research Farm (ORDF), a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment…

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Salvaged material chairs

Furniture From Salvaged Materials Shows Heart of Maker

The More Than This exhibition in Barcelona showcases a collection of chairs made from salvaged materials often found on the street. The chairs are made by people from various backgrounds, including members of the Arrels Fundació organisation, which encourages people who have lived on the streets to embrace their creative side. “The challenge was not really about trying to make them the way a cabinetmaker or craftsman would, but to try to make them exploring other techniques, like those used in…

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Infographic: Cradle to Cradle Certification Is Good For Business

This infographic, developed by the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute and Trucost, illustrates very clearly the benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certification, including: environmental, material, water, energy, and monetary and sales impacts. The infographic includes case studies of two brands: Puma’s Incycle biodegradable sneaker, and Shaw’s EcoWorx certified floor tiles. For more information on the study by Trucost, visit c2ccertified.org/impact. Source: Sustainable Brands

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