Entries tagged with: health


Warm Walls Welcome Wood: the Biophilic Design Benefits of Wood

Accent walls are a common design element in spaces where you are using a lot of neutral colors or hard surfaces and you want an organic or eye-catching element to draw the occupant’s attention.  As more and more attention turns to biophilic design, these features wall have taken on a decidedly ‘nature-like’ appeal and can really accomplish the elusive feat of bringing the outdoors in.

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Biomimicry and Building Materials - What You Need to Know

Imagine spending four billion years in school.  That is a lot of education, and it forms the baseline for everything around us as we know it. For billions of years, nature has been adapting and evolving to changing temperatures, sea levels, climates, canopies and weather patterns, constantly learning and adjusting to survive.

 

Building has evolved for a few thousand years, starting with rocks, peaking with glass-clad high rises across the globe, and now settling back into an attempted harmony with nature.  

 

We are optimistic about the trend of bringing nature into the space through Biophilic Design, and we are eager to see more widespread adoption of Biomimicry on its heels.  

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Half-Full or Half-Empty?  Quartz Companies Looking at Glass to Fill their Coffers

While the latest quartz tariffs may be shutting down manufacturers worldwide, the manufacturers in China are savvy.  They are not going to shut their doors. Not going to toss up their hands and say “That was fun while it lasted.”  No, they are looking for a workaround. And the language in the anti-dumping ruling accommodates it.

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OUR TAKE: Pinterest’s Top Interior Design Trends for 2019

It's a new year, and you know what that means: Pinterest users are flocking to their boards to put together the perfect designs for their 2019 renovations, rebuilds, and beyond. What will users be pinning like mad in 2019? Pinterest released their top 100 trends for 2019, and we're excited about them. Here are a few of our favorites, with a special CaraGreen spin: 

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You Are Recycling Wrong

We don't mean to be a buzzkill, we're just being honest. Here's what you're getting wrong, and how you can fix it: 

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The Two Healthy Alternatives to Pink Insulation

The defacto, easy, unhealthy insulation option lurking in walls and attics, is invariably pink. When discerning clients question what is in the walls, it is inevitably gypsum and fiberglass, two energy intensive building bad-boys that get picked because they come with familiarity and a low price tag. But what is the cost of this low price tag? What are we sacrificing when it comes to the health of our homes and those that dwell within its walls? Beyond the pink, fluffy, and slightly noxious horizon lives a small handful of viable, healthy insulation options that promote the health of not just your home, but your family. 

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Health vs Wealth

The biggest change to come to the building industry in a long time is putting people first. Traditional construction mentality has been “How do we achieve the owner’s goals while also meeting the budget and putting more money in my pocket?” The new way of thinking is “How do I make sure the occupants have a pleasant experience in this space?”

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