Top 5 Alternatives to Granite Countertops

“Granite Throughout!”

“Recently Upgraded with Granite!” 

“Brand New Granite Countertops!”

Can someone tell realtors that they’re really out of date?  Granite was SO 1990, yet here we are 30 years later with a product that needs to be sealed every year, is susceptible to stains, and - guess what - is mined from the earth (which is the stone equivalent of deforestation). We know, we know, there are sustainable natural stone extraction standards now, but in reality, these are very recent and came on the heels of granite becoming commoditized and ubiquitous - or basically, everyone has it and can get it on the cheap.

So, what’s next?

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Hindsight is 2020: Our Year in Review

With four months left of 2020, we're reflecting on WTF happened this year and learning from the good, the bad, and the utterly ridiculous. 

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Embracing a Crystalline Renaissance: The changing face of quartz

Written by Jessica McNaughton and Paul Max La Pera

This article originally appeared in ISFA's Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Vol. 13, Issue 3- Q3 2020. Countertops & Architectural Surfaces is the official publication of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). It contains the latest news and information relevant to the countertop and surfacing industry. Read the full issue here.  

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Virtual Classroom Schedule - Fall 2020

Looking for a schedule of CaraGreen's upcoming webinars? Look no further. Make sure to check back for updates on upcoming webinars and AIA-approved CE's! 

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What is Fitwel? What we know about the latest building standard

The latest standard to emerge is the Fitwel standard. It was created in 2017 as a joint pilot initiative between the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) for optimizing design and operations to improve health and productivity results.

 

Fitwel speaks to both enhancing the well-being of occupants and supports healthier communities. It was created in response to the demand for a practical and easily implemented standard for occupant health.

 

So what features make Fitwel stand out now? And why should you consider Fitwel for your next design strategy? 

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Rethinking Back to School: Healthy Classrooms and a Healthy Planet

With plexiglass dividers, masks and social distancing requirements essential for all future educational settings, major changes to the classroom dynamic lay ahead. While intense precautions are being made to ensure the health of both teachers and students, we must also take the health of our earth into account and utilize sustainable practices while adopting these new societal norms. 

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Circularity in Action: Introducing Durat Baltic Sea

As part of their 2020 initiative to continue to create beautiful yet sustainable material that works to close the loop, Durat has created a new marine inspired color: Baltic Sea (or J30JNF).

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Fin is In - Scandinavian Design in Building Materials

With respect for nature comes a built environment that embraces the principles of biophilic design.  Be it surfaces, color, integration of wood, or orientation of the spaces, Finnish building materials take those core principles and present them as part of the product. 

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