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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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

Caragreen Swatches

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Take your Pants off

J. Crew is teaming up with UltraTouch insulation on a Blue Jeans Go Green denim drive, which benefits communities in need.  Bringing a pair of your old “dungarees” (those ones hiding in the back of your closet) to a participating J. Crew store will get you $20 towards an in-store denim item The blue jeans are recycled into eco-friendly UltraTouch insulation and used to insulate the healthy homes of those in need.   For more information on UltraTouch contact us at info@caragreen.comFor more info on the Denim Drive click here

Denim Drive

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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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Denim Drives at NASCAR

UltraTouch cotton insulation took a front row seat at the Nascar Nationwide Series race in Avondale, Arizona.  Bonded Logic, makers of UltraTouch and Cotton Inc. sponsored the race and a denim drive; a recycling program for used jeans to be made into the healthy, high performance cotton insulation.

The Blue Jeans Go Green 200 race encouraged race fans to bring old blue jeans and other denim for recycling into UltraTouch insulation, which is then donated to community and charitable housing, such as Habitat for Humanity.

More information on this healthy alternative to fiberglass insulation can be found here.

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New UltraTouch+ Sound Control System

The makers of UltraTouch recycled denim insulation have just introduced a new product, UltraTouch+ Sound Control System, which has increased sound isolation. Combining high density denim batt insulation and high density denim sound dampening strips, UltraTouch+ is an acoustic solution in a bag. UltraTouch+ is made from high-quality natural fibers which contain inherent qualities that provide extremely effective sound isolation, while still providing energy efficient thermal performance. UltraTouch+ contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels when compared to traditional fiberglass insulation. There are no VOC concerns when using UltraTouch+, as it is safe for you and the environment. In addition to providing superior performance, UltraTouch+ is also easy to install. The high density batt insulation is perforated for easy sizing and the high density sound dampening strips attach to the stud faces with either staples or adhesive. As cooler weather approaches, contact us for your insulation needs.

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Buy UltraTouch Denim Insulation Before March 1st To Save Money & Keep Warm

Need a healthier insulation option? Ultratouch cotton insulation is available until March 1st at a discounted rate before an annual price increase takes effect. Take advantage of the lower price and get your stocking order in today. Manufactured from recycled denim, UltraTouch cotton insulation provides energy-saving thermal performance matched with superior acoustical performance. UltraTouch is safe and nontoxic. It contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels unlike traditional insulation products. UltraTouch is a Class-A Building Product and meets the highest ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness. UltraTouch can be installed in both commercial and residential applications. For more information on UltraTouch, contact us.

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Learn About Green Insulation and Earn CEUs Online

Bonded Logic, manufacturer of UltraTouch recycled blue jean insulation, has a new continuing education article which was published in the September/October issue of Greensource and can be found online. The article, “Green Insulation: Specifying a Smarter Solution”, explains how to select the best insulation choice from a growing number of more sustainable products and systems. After reading this article you will be able to:
-Differentiate between traditional and emerging insulation materials, trends, and uses.
-Examine and recognize the different ways that insulation addresses energy losses in a building envelope.
-Analyze and assess multiple other qualities of insulation that can contribute to green and sustainable building design.
-Identify manufacturing qualities that make the installation of thermal insulation more efficient.
This course provides 1.00 HSW/SD credit and was approved by the USGBC for 1 GBCI CE hour(s) for LEED Credential Maintenance.
To read this article, click here. For more information on UltraTouch cotton insulation, visit our website.

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UltraTouch Cotton Insulation Batts Now Perforated For Easy Installation

UltraTouch recycled denim insulation, available through CaraGreen, has just gotten easier to install. A portion of the batts in each package now contain perforations allowing you to easily size the batt to the dimensions needed. The perforations enhance the installation experience and have no impact on the nature or performance of the product. The perforation pattern was developed to provide the most common "off size" pieces with the least amount of cutting. "We talked to installers and the one thing we heard was they wanted a product that was easy to cut," said Sean Desmond, Sales/Marketing Manager for Bonded Logic. "UltraTouch is a substantial product, givin g it great thermal and acoustical performance. By adding perforations, we make it easy for anyone who wants to use an eco-friendly product to size and install it.”

UltraTouch Denim Insulation is available in R-13, R-19, R-21 and R-30. The denim insulation is sourced entirely of post-consumer blue jeans. It can help earn LEED credits for recycled content, rapidly renewable content, and low emitting materials.

For more information, or samples, contact us.

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Request An UltraTouch Denim Insulation Grant

UltraTouch denim insulation, Cotton Inc., and CaraGreen are teaming up on a grant program that provides insulation to architects and contractors that are working on community-based green buildings, such as museums, schools, and libraries. The program is meant to address the needs of these groups and help build green communities across America. As a result of our denim drives over the past few years, nearly a million square feet of R-13, R-19, R-21 and R-30 insulation are available for grants. Using UltraTouch can contribute to 12 LEED credits. UltraTouch is made from 85% post-consumer recycled and rapidly renewable cotton. It also offers maximum thermal performance and superior soundproofing (30 to 50 percent increase in acoustical performance). And, it has no VOCs, is safe to the touch and, as a result, can be installed without goggles, respirators and gloves. Contact CaraGreen for assistance with your grant application or fill out the application online. Grants are available now through Sept. 30, 2011.
 
For more information on UltraTouch insulation, contact us.

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NCSU 4-H Center Uses UltraTouch

NCSU’s first LEED Silver targeted building the Eastern 4-H Conference Center, used UltraTouch cotton insulation from CaraGreen. The architecture firm that designed the project is MHAworks, who has offices in Durham and Greenville, NC. UltraTouch cotton insulation fills partition walls. UltraTouch cotton insulation contains 85% post-consumer recycled cotton, cotton is rapidly renewable, and the insulation is non-toxic with no added formaldehyde. The project is located on a 250-acre site in Columbia, NC.  The new state-of-the-art facility includes flexible multipurpose rooms suitable for large group gatherings and weddings, a 200-seat dining hall, office space, and classrooms and mechanical/AV storage space.

Photos by Richard Barlow - MHAworks

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Earn AIA CEUS Online While Learning About Specifying Sustainable Insulation

The June issue of Architectural Record features an AIA Continuing Education article sponsored by the manufacturer’s of UltraTouch cotton insulation on Specifying Building Insulation for Sustainable Design, Energy Savings, and Acoustic Control. There is an accompanying test that counts for 1 HSW/SD Credit, which is a great way to earn some CE credit.
After reading the article, you’ll be able to:

-Differentiate between traditional and emerging insulation materials, trends, and uses.

-Examine and recognize the different ways that insulation addresses energy losses in a building envelope.

-Compare and contrast the acoustic properties of insulation against its energy saving properties.

-Analyze and assess multiple other qualities of insulation that can contribute to green and sustainable building design.


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CaraGreen and UltraTouch Participating in Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build This September

Habitat for Humanity Greensboro is hosting a Blitz Build in September called Raising Roofs and UltraTouch Cotton Insulation is being donated to support the cause.  Six houses will be built during a five day period.  All of the volunteers building the houses will be local professional builders.  On the first day of the build, Monday, September 20, builders will learn about many of the new green products being used on the build.  Stacy Glass from CaraGreen will be demonstrating how to work with UltraTouch insulation.  To learn more about UltraTouch, click here.

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Duke Energy Tower Goes for LEED Gold

The newest addition to Charlotte’s skyline is the 54-story Duke Energy Center, located on South Tryon Street. To demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, the shell building is going for a LEED Gold rating, and all tenants have been asked to meet a minimum of LEED Silver for their spaces. Some of the features in place to earn the Gold rating include water saving features such as waterless urinals, dual flush water closets, and low flow lavatories. Storm water, ground water, and condensate will be collected to irrigate the green roof, and to offset potable water consumption for the cooling tower.  Energy consumption has been optimized through various approaches such as high efficiency mechanical equipment, daylighting blinds and photosensors, along with dimmable ballasts. Indoor environmental quality has been addressed with low-emitting materials, increased ventilation, and thermal comfort control.  And 90% of the indoor space will have access to views of the outside, with 75% having access to daylight.

As for materials, a minimum of 50% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and at least 20% of all materials will have recycled content.  Caragreen is proud to be a part of this project; we supplied Durat solid surface material and UltraTouch cotton denim insulation.  Durat contains 30% recycled plastic and has been used in break rooms for countertops.  And, UltraTouch insulation has 85% recycled and rapidly renewable content and is used throughout the building.

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Ultratouch Now Uses Post-Consumer Recycled Content

One of the building industry’s most environmentally friendly products just got a whole lot greener and a bit less confusing. UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, commonly referred to as “recycled blue jean insulation”, is now sourced entirely of post-consumer blue jeans instead of the post-industrial denim scraps it was previously made from. The recycled jean material has made its way through the used clothing chain without being sold and has reached a point where it would typically either go to a landfill or be incinerated. Now, this material will be put to good use in UltraTouch cotton insulation.

Additionally, UltraTouch’s packaging has been improved to increase its product per truckload by 15 percent. This significantly lowers the product’s carbon footprint and makes shipping easier.
 
For more information on UltraTouch, which can contribute to 12 LEED credits, contact CaraGreen.

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Recycle Your Denim at the Gap and Get 30% Off

Gap invites customers to "Recycle Your Blues" and get 30% off new Gap denim.  Cotton Incorporated will be working with Gap to launch the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive in about 1,000 Gap stores.  From March 5 through March 14, consumers can donate old denim at their local Gap, which will then be given a “new life” by being converted into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, and donated to communities in need. Consumers who donate their denim will receive a 30% discount off new denim purchases.   Since the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive program began, enough denim has been recycled to create natural cotton fiber insulation for over 540 homes.

The in-store program will be featured on Gap’s online consumer site, www.gap.com, as well as the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® Web site, www.CottonFromBluetoGreen.org


For more information on UltraTouch Cotton Fiber Insulation and 2010 homeowner tax incentives, contact us.

 

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New Products Fresh From Greenbuild

With 28,000 attendees and over 1000 exhibitors at Greenbuild in Phoenix, there was much to be seen at this year's show.  We had our work cut out for us making it through the crowds to see all of the exhibitors in two days, but we did it.  We saw many new products that excited us, including the latest offererings from our manufacturers who exhibited there, who are continually improving and expanding their offerings.  Here are some of the highlights of what is coming from them in 2010:

TorZo Surfaces

  • Edge banding!  These strong, durable, and sustainable sheet goods are great for tabletops, desks, cabinets, etc.  With edge banding coming out for the entire line, not only will the finished product be more beautiful, but the fabrication will be more cost effective.
  • ½” Seeta (sunflower seed hull) boards that are more dense (fewer voids) and less expensive than the standard ¾” sheets – a great option for this unique look.
  • We got a sneak preview of some new bio-based boards currently in development.  They are top secret now, but stay tuned for new unique looks from this line of surfaces. 

Bonded Logic /UltraTouch

  • Duct insulation and Pipe wrap:  Finally!  You no longer need to wrap your duct work and pipe in fiberglass.  This foil laminated, r-8, cotton fiber insulation has 85% recycled rapidly-renewable cotton fibers.  The duct insulation will come in 12” wide, 2” thick, and 15’ long bundles.  The pipe wrap is 3” wide, ½” thick, and 50’ long.

Coverings, Etc.

  • Bio-Aluminum:  100% recycled aluminum from salvaged aircraft carriers.  100% recyclable and Cradle to Cradle certified.  A great new option for high-traffic flooring and high-end wall treatments.

As samples and pricing become available, we will announce these new products through our monthly newsletter and on our website.

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Golden Arches Going Green in Cary, NC

In mid-July, North Carolina’s first green McDonald’s restaurant opened at 1299 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, NC marking it as only the third of its kind nationwide to be built using eco-friendly materials and technologies. Development of the restaurant began with McDonald’s Owner/Operator Ric Richards who wanted to refurbish the 25-year-old building. As reconstruction options evolved, Richards said the environmental impact became clear: building a structure dedicated to sustainability would mean significant cost savings and reduced energy consumption. “Even though the costs to build this McDonald’s were higher in the near term, we knew that going forward with this green initiative we would set the stage for more savings long-term, both financially and environmentally,” Richards said.

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New Low Prices on UltraTouch Cotton Insulation

CaraGreen has become the premier distributor for UltraTouch Cotton Insulation in the Southeast and we can now offer you the most competitive pricing at 15%-20% less than previously available. And, as

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UltraTouch Cotton Insulation Made in LEED Platinum Manufacturing Facility

In July 2008, CaraGreen toured Bonded Logic's UltraTouch natural cotton fiber insulation manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona.  The building is LEED platinum, which is a rare achievement for ma

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