GreenBuild

We were so excited to head to GreenBuild and see what Boston had in store. Familiar faces and some new innovations were present, most notably the presence of “biophilia” and “Biophilic design.”

While Green and Build may have some word fatigue, Biophilic Design is THE hot topic for building materials Emanating nature in a space, lots of literal green instead of just the word are really trending in materials.

Texture is also the feel good feature of many building products. The hands on aesthetic is really taking off in building materials.

Acoustics is also making itself heard, with a big focus on human comfort. Sorry, Loud Diedre in Cube 6, we are tuning you out with some sound control.

For more of our exciting GreenBuild finds, check out our Instagram feed @caragreenproducts

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July Vignette - Rolling Stones

From bottom to top:
Durat - #110
EcoFusion - Color Fusion Strand Woven Bamboo, Morning Mist
PaperStone - Graphite
PaperStone - Cabernet & Slate (the stones)
IceStone - Amber Pearl
Torzo - Tiikeri, Natural
Durat - #441, #450, & #260


 

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May Vignette - May Flowers

Stem: Bark House, Maple Pole
Leaves: IceStone, Forest Fern, Sage Pearl, & Denim Moss
Petals: Durat, 450, 150, 100, 090, 480, 370, 910, & 750
Center: EcoFusion, Morning Mist 
Background: Kirei Geometry Tile, 362

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CaraGreen Products on HGTV

As HGTV’s Love It or List It kicks off its 11th season in the Raleigh-Durham area, they chose ECOfusion ColorFusion strand bamboo to complement the décor in a beautifully designed home in Apex. (And they chose to Love It!).  CaraGreen sold and delivered the flooring in December, and the episode aired in March.   We continue to promote our suite of products with the Love It or List It team as they spend two years in our market, transforming homes with beautiful materials.

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Book an Event with CaraGreen

It is not easy to remember everything that CaraGreen carries, so we offer refreshers in the following formats, schedule yours today (kim@caragreen.com):

-  Product showcase at your location
-  Hosted visit at our showroom
-  Webex event
-  AIA CE course, GBCI CE course (call for options)

As a quick refresher, our lines extend from the floor to the ceiling – the whole sustainable interior envelope – and include:

SURFACING

-  PaperStone
-  Merge Design
-  IceStone
-  Durat
-  TorZo

FLOORING

-  ECOfusion flooring
-  BABA flooring
-  Plyboo flooring

WALLS

-  Kirei EchoPanel
-  BarkHouse
-  Kirei board
-  Plyboo plywood
-  UltraTouch insulation
-  TorZo surfaces

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Walking the Talk with ECOfusion Flooring

ECOfusion stepped it up this month with its successful passing of California's Section 01350 test protocol standard for VOC emissions.  Now you can specify the Pro-core proprietary engineered strandwoven flooring and breathe a little easier knowing that it meets these stringent requirements.  This testing standard also meets the LEED v4 requirements for interior materials and VOC emissions.   ECOfusion is already a no-added urea formaldehyde (NAUF) flooring, but this standard takes that even further. More information and testing results can be obtained by emailing us.

For product binders and samples email ecofusion@caragreen.com or call 919.929.3009.

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July Vignette - Summer Thunderstorm

From bottom to top:
PaperStone, countertop/panel in Denim
Kirei, EchoPanel Frequency #544
ECOFusion, Morning Mist, ColorFusion flooring
IceStone, Recycled glass countertop in Fogbound

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June Vignette - Let’s Go To The Beach!

From bottom to top:
Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #090
Oceanside, Recycled glass tile in Tide Non-Iridescent
Paperstone, Compressed paper panel in Denim
Icestone, Concrete and recycled glass countertop in Denim Moss
ECOfusion, Vertical grain bamboo veneer in Natural

June Vignette

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We Take Our Work Home with Us

We believe in work-life balance, but with products like ours, how can you not take work home with you? During a recent renovation at her home in Pittsboro, NC, CaraGreen‘s Barbara Ford used Standard Grade Poplar Panels from BarkHouse as cabinet insets, EcoFusion strandwoven bamboo Colorfusion in African Safari for flooring and UltraTouch recycled denim insulation in the walls.  The Fords were adding a master bedroom and wanted it to have a treehouse feel to it, which they achieved using this suite of CaraGreen products.

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Spring Cleaning

The focus of the design community on mitigating waste has resulted in interest in less “sample heavy” design libraries.  We hear you!  We have color cards that capture the aesthetics and color palette for most of our products and offer these in lieu of bulky sample boxes when requested.  A library “refresh” is more of a “clean out” for a lot of firms, as materials change.  If you would like any color cards for Durat, Meld, BarkHouse, PaperStone, EcoFusion, or TorZo, please let us know and we can drop them off or email them to your firm.

Please email info@caragreen.com or call 919.929.3009 with any requests.

Color Cards

 

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February Vignette - Wintry Mix

From bottom to top: 
-Meld EcoX,#70 Natural.  Hand crafted concrete with recycled glass
-EcoFusion, Natural vertical bamboo veneer.
-Bark House, White Birch panel
-Oceanside Glass Tile, Tessera, White in iridescent. 
-Durat Recycled Solid Surface,  760, 910, 100 (top to bottom)

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ECOfusion Launches Beautiful New Hardwood Flooring

Already solidly in the market with their bamboo and color-infused flooring options, ECOfusion now presents stunning new engineered and solid hardwood flooring options including rapidly renewable eucalyptus and acacia in several unique finishes. This new line rounds out ECOfusion’s offering and creates a full suite of choices to make ECOfusion a one-stop shop for sustainable, beautiful flooring. More information on our partnership with ECOfusion can be found here. Call us at 919-929-3009 or email Barbara@caragreen.com to request samples.

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January Vignette - Radiant Orchid

This vignette was inspired by Pantone's 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid. From bottom to top:
-TorZo Hemp Acrylic Infused Panel, Onyx
-EcoFusion Strand Woven Color Fusion Bamboo Flooring, Morning Mist
-Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera, Shadow
-Meld Luxe Hand Crafted Concrete with Recycled Glass, #83 Graphite
-Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 750

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Judy Lawrence Joins CaraGreen as Sales Representative for New England

CaraGreen welcomes Judy Lawrence as our new sales representative for New England. Judy brings 26 years of experience to our team. As a manufacturer’s sales representative in the A & D community, Judy’s mission has long been to bring clients and manufacturers together. Judy represents a range of interior products including architectural glass, recycled wood products, Australian wool textiles, and now CaraGreen’s
sustainable portfolio, including Durat, EcoFusion, Meld, and Bark House. This gives Judy a diversified mix of innovative products to share with firms. Judy enjoys, and excels at, assembling creative product presentations and keeping pace with the ever-changing design industry. If you’re in the New England area, contact Judy for samples and info on CaraGreen products.


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Best of 2013

Installations - The Rank House
The Rank House used EcoFusion Color Fusion Bamboo Floors from CaraGreen and generated tons of buzz. It won the 2013 Matsumoto Prize and was featured on ArchDaily.

Tradeshows - NeoCon
CaraGreen exhibited at NeoCon in Chicago and received an enthusiastic response from architects and designers on our portfolio of sustainable materials. This year we’re headed to HD Expo in Las Vegas in May!

Best Vignette
We’ve declared a tie between March’s Cherry Blossom and December’s Starry Night. View the sustainable materials that make up these vignettes on our blog.

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December Vignette - Starry Night

From bottom to top:

-Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 054
-EcoFusion Strandwoven Color Fusion Bamboo Veneer, Crushed Wheat
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Acrylic Infused Panel, Sapphire
-Bark House White Birch Bark Panel
-Meld Luxe Hand Crafted Concrete with Recycled Glass, Biscuit

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Greenbridge Live Here Lounge Features EcoFusion and Meld

Greenbridge Condominiums' sales office, dubbed the Live Here Lounge, features EcoFusion flooring and Meld countertops from CaraGreen. The space was designed by Sitzer Spuria Studios to reflect the sustainable values of the multi-use development. EcoFusion floors are Color Fusion Strand Woven bamboo in color Morning Mist. EcoFusion uses thru-color technology to dye bamboo strands using pure plant-based pigments. The technology dramatically increases the life cycle of the floor as dents and deep scratches do not require repair as color appears throughout the wear layer. Meld Micro, in color #61 Cement, was used for counters which contains 70% recycled content. Other sustainable features include scraplights by graypants which are crafted from recycled cardboard and Paperstone countertops.

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October Vignette - Evergreen

From bottom to top:
-Oceanside Tessera Hexagon glass tiles, Xanadu Non-Iridescent, #140
-TorZo Tiikeri Recycled Sorghum Panel, Turquoise
-ECOfusion Strandwoven Weathered Wood Flooring
-Oceanside Casa 4x8 field tile, Moonstone Matte
-Meld Xposed Hand Crafted Concrete, Caper
-Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 190

 

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Tonic Design Takes 2013 Matzumoto Prize for Rank House

Tonic Design won the 2013 Matsumoto Prize for the Rank House! The home has EcoFusion Color Fusion Strand Woven bamboo floors from CaraGreen throughout. The Matsumoto Prize is in its second year and was created by North Carolina Modernist Houses in honor of George Matsumoto, a founding faculty member of the NCSU School of Design who created some of the state's most highly regarded Modernist houses. The Prize encourages young architects to keep North Carolina’s residential modern architecture thriving. The unique competition uses a jury of internationally known architects, as well as online public voting, to determine the winners of their cash prizes. The professional jury’s top pick was the Rank House a “modern gothic” structure designed by Katherine Hogan and Vinny Petrarca of Tonic Design + Construction. This house, which also won the People’s Choice third-prize award, was cited for its use of stairs as an “ordering element” inside the home and the effective way that the architects accommodated the needs of the homeowners, who are father and son. For a tour of the Rank House, check out this video. Or, for information on EcoFusion floors, click here.

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August Vignette - Earthen

From bottom to top:
-Bark House Yellow Birch Panel
-ECOfusion Color Fusion Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Stormy Night
-TorZo Parda Recycled Wood Panel, Cocoa
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #760
-Oceanside Recycled Glass Tile, Cane Iridescent

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NeoCon’s Most Popular Products

 

In June, CaraGreen exhibited at NeoCon in Chicago. We were pleased to meet many architects and designers who were enthusiastic about our sustainable product portfolio. Here were our top showstoppers...

1 - Bark House Poplar Panels - columns supporting our table were clad in Poplar bark and their pure and natural aesthetic charmed many designers.
2 - Durat Bath Tub - Our bright green Durat tub was a showstopper. When admirers learned it was available in over 60 colors, we saw the design wheels turning.
3 - TorZo Tiikeri Sapphire - The unique look of TorZo Tiikeri in a brilliant blue color appealed to those seeking an exotic, refined, and durable material.
4 - ECOfusion Strand Woven Eucalyptus Flooring - Eucalyptus flooring was new to many showgoers. ECOfusion revealed two beautiful new stained eucalyptus flooring colors at the show, a white and dark brown.

For more information on any of these materials, contact us.

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CaraGreen Headed to NeoCon with Durat, ECOfusion, & TorZo

CaraGreen will be exhibiting Durat, ECOfusion and TorZo at NeoCon in Chicago, June 10-12. NeoCon is North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with CEU-accredited seminars, quality keynote speakers and more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors. CaraGreen's booth will feature a Durat tub, sink and table top, both horizontal and vertical applications of TorZo, and ECOfusion strand woven bamboo flooring. We're on the 8th floor, booth 8-1110. Please stop by and see us if you plan to be at the show!

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April Vignette - Pollen

Love it or hate it, it's descended upon us - signaling spring and flourishing plant life.
From bottom to top:
-TorZo Hemp Recycled Hemp Panel, Natural
-ECOFusion Engineered Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Natural
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #110
-TorZo Durum Recycled Wheat Panel, Natural
-Meld ecoX Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Buttercup
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #090
-Bark House Twig

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March Vignette - Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Materials Vignette

Trees are beginning to flower and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is just a couple of weeks away. Here's how to bring that spring spirit indoors. From left to right:

-Bark House Pin Cherry Panel
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Panel, Ruby
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #150
-Meld luxe Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Natural
-ECOFusion Solid Lock Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Frost

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ECOfusion Spring Flooring Sale!

ECOfusion's Solid-Lock collection, which includes strand woven bamboo and eucalyptus, is on sale this spring. Solid-Lock Strand Woven Bamboo flooring ranges from $4.37-$4.75/SQFT depending on quantity. And, Solid-Lock Strand Wood Eucalyptus (shown in picture) ranges from $5.46-$5.93/SQFT depending on quantity. Both of these products are made from rapidly renewable materials and are free from added urea formaldehyde and other harmful VOCs. The sale lasts from April 1st through May 30th. For More information on ECOfusion flooring or samples, contact us.  

Sale terms: 10 carton minimum, business delivery only, must order and ship during sale.

ECOfusion Eucalyptus Flooring, Strawgrass Color

 

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February Vignette - Here Comes The Sun

The doldrums of winter have us dreaming of basking in warmth and sun. From back to front:
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Panel, Natural
-Meld Xposed Handcrafted Concrete Slabs, Saddleback
-Oceanside Recycled Glass Tile, Tessera, Meringue
-Bark House Yellow Birch Panel
-EcoFusion Strand Wood Eucalyptus Flooring, Strawgrass
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #620

February Vignette - Here Comes The Sun

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CaraGreen Now A Distributor for ECOfusion Flooring

ECOfusion bamboo and eucalyptus flooring is the latest addition to CaraGreen’s sustainable product portfolio. ECOfusion blends rapidly renewable natural materials and “fuses” them into innovative, beautiful, and durable flooring. All of their products are free of added urea formaldehyde and are rapidly renewable, meaning they contribute to numerous LEED credits.

ECOfusion has the widest range of colors in bamboo flooring that we've seen. And, they have the only color infused bamboo flooring on the market. ECOfusion uses thru-color technology to dye bamboo strands using pure plant-based pigments. The technology dramatically increases the life cycle of the floor as dents and scratches do not require repair as color appears throughout the wear layer.

ECOfusion’s engineered bamboo strand woven flooring is 100% bamboo unlike other products that use wood as a substrate. ECOfusion’s proprietary cross-grain bamboo core features strand woven bamboo on the top and bottom, which provides optimal performance and stability in all climates. 

ECOfusion has a wide range of flooring options including bamboo, eucalyptus, solid, engineered, color infused, stained, and carbonized. Their products are suited for both commercial and residential applications.

ECOfusion Floors Assortment

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Musician Soars, ECOfusion Floors

After winding down a long, pastoral, gravel road in Pittsboro, NC, we arrived at the soaring modern home of musician, Michael Rank. At four floors, it’s the tallest house ever created by Tonic Design, the architect and builder. Its black aluminum and gray cement exterior cut through the country landscape and sky. Ranks’ favorite “colors” – black, gray, and white – canvas the exterior and interior.

Rank, who just released a new album, “In The Weeds”, with his band, Stag, also just completed construction on his new modern home, and used ECOfusion Color Fusion strand woven bamboo flooring from CaraGreen throughout. The ECOfusion bamboo flooring is a dark gray grounding color, called Morning Mist, with subtle flecks of blue and brown. The effect is created when ECOfusion uses its thru-color technology to dye the bamboo strands using pure plant-based pigments.   

As Rank welcomed us into his home, the stark white walls stood in marked contrast to the dark floors. The colorless walls enable his extensive art collection – amassed through many years frequenting galleries while on tour – to be the focal point. “When art is always in the same place, your eye stops looking at it,” Rank said, explaining why he wanted picture ledges installed throughout the home. “Now I can change out the art as often as I like.” Rank still had a rack of unhung art in his library, so he should have plenty to move into fresh rotation.

The sheer height and open core of the home are remarkable. While some of the passages induced vertigo for me, the catwalks made of open grated steel and stairs without risers enable the intentional vertical design to be ever present. The concept of building up was Rank’s own. “I overcame my fear of heights when working construction and now I get perverse pleasure from it.” For those of us who have not yet overcome our fear of heights, Rank does have a back spiral staircase, which I took down. Rank interjected, “My son prefers this one, too.”

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