Interested in learning more about sustainable design trends, standards, or rating systems? Check out our offering below! Presentations range from how to make an extremely durable surface out of paper to understanding how interior acoustics affect our health. All presentations are AIA-approved, with some of them also qualifying for GBCI and IDCEC hours. With LEED Accredited Professionals (AP) and a WELL AP on staff, we strive to be at the forefront of education in the sustainable building industry.

Contact your local rep or to schedule an AIA lunch and learn or product presentation.

CaraGreen is an AIA CES Registered Provider.

Product Specific Presentations

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minute presentation on Lapitec, the next generation of surfacing. 

    Lapitec® is a unique product defined as sintered stone, made of 100% minerals with no resins or petroleum derivatives. Lapitec® provides the most suitable and diverse solutions for construction and furnishing, with the dimensions required by designers. Being a “full bodied” material, it is easy to work and can be utilized in countless applications: from internal and external cladding to pavements, from indoor or outdoor kitchen countertops to ventilated façades. It is non-porous, making it stain-resistant, mold-resistant, and bacteria-resistant. Lapitec®’s resistance to these factors means it is also easily cleaned, featuring an integral technology called Bio-Care which breaks down pollutants in the air and supplements the natural work of trees. Lapitec® is a product that is long lasting and completely weather-proof. Every slab is acid-resistant, alkali-resistant, resistant to deep abrasions, heat-resistant, and frost-resistant, and is unaffected by UV rays. It is also resistant to graffiti. One of the most durable building materials, Lapitec® is perfect for any application.

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minute presentation on Durat solid surface. 

    Durat is a unique solid surface material that can be used to create seamless surfaces for any custom project including countertops, desks, tables, integrated sinks, bathtubs, shower trays and stools. Durat is made from 30-50% recycled hard plastics. Easy maintenance and hard-wearing properties make it an ideal material for various kinds of interiors including bathrooms and public spaces.

    Durat is 100% recyclable.

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minute presentation on elementAl surfaces. 

    elementAl surfaces take us back to basics. As recycling becomes an issue, we need to find a way to launch new materials that repurpose our recycled materials. ElementAl surfaces take plastic and metal from the post-consumer waste stream and meld them together into a stunning, easily machined surface that not only performs well, but offers a seamless solution to an industry problem. elementAl surfaces tell the story of the need for a more sustainble economy, in our offices and in our homes. Architects and Designers have a simple solution to a complex problem: it’s elementAl.

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minute presentation on PaperStone.

    PaperStone® is committed to innovative green products that contribute to a wholistic lifestyle that is smart, elegant, and responsible. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. PaperStone® has no added urea formaldehyde resins and has been thoroughly tested and certified as VOC-free.

  • A 15- or 30-minute presentation on IceStone.

    IceStone durable surfaces are made from 100% recycled glass and cement, which create a highly durable concrete surface. IceStone surfaces are cut, installed, and maintained just like mined stone. IceStone surfaces are available in a variety of shades that range from soft, earth-toned neutrals to rich, vibrant colors and are ideal for kitchen countertops, back splashes, bathrooms, tabletops, bar tops, fireplace surrounds, conference tables, and reception areas.

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minute presentation on Kirei.

    Design something simple…or spectacular! Use EchoPanel® flat panels adhered to walls and ceilings for clean looks and sound absorption up to .85 NRC, or custom cut and print EchoPanel® to create sculptural elements that hide acoustic control in plain sight.

    Made from up to 60% recycled PET plastic, EchoPanel® helps reduce landfill waste and can help projects qualify for LEED credit.

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minute presentation on Koskisen.

    KoskiDecor Eco Transparent is made of Finnish birch plywood. Both sides are coated with colored translucent. The translucent coating emphasizes the wood’s natural grain and is protected by an overlaid transparent durable film.

    KoskiDecor Eco Transparent is an ideal material for the furniture and millwork. Thanks to the hardwearing and crack resistant clear melamine surface, its features provide smooth and superior surfaces, ready for interior use.

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minute presentation on reSawn charred and reclaimed wood.

    reSAWN TIMBER co. provides new and reclaimed wood products for architectural specifications for flooring, interior wall cladding, ceilings, exterior siding, furniture and custom millwork.

  • A 15- or 30-minute presentation on Wonderwall.

    Wonderwall Studios designs and produces wooden panelling using a variety of woods salvaged from abandoned houses, derelict sheds, rail road-sleepers, naturally fallen trees and old floors. They work with local craftsmen, professional carpenters, and tradesmen in Southeast Asia  to scour the land for wood that they can upcycle. They prefer upcycle to recycle because what they do actually enhances the wood. They don’t just give it a second life; they give it a better one.

    Wonderwall Studios collection is varied so there’s something for every interior. Wonderwall panelling looks great in private houses, bars, hotels, restaurants and shops. Their paneling is versatile and can be used in all types of spaces, from contemporary to rustic. 

  • A 15- or 30-minute presentation on TorZo.

    Torzo Surfaces manufactures sustainable surfaces that are ideal for high wear residential and commercial applications. TorZo uses rapidly renewable, recycled, and raw materials to produce their sustainable sheet products.

  • A 15- or 30-minute presentation on Bark House.

    Inspired by nature, The Bark House® handcrafts beautiful wall coverings for interior and exterior design solutions from recycled tree bark.  The products express their rich heritage of artisan craftsmanship and form an authentic connection between nature, individuals, and the built environment. 

  • A 15- or 30-minute presentation on insulation (UltraTouch and Havelock Wool). 

    UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation is made from high quality natural fibers. These fibers contain inherent qualities that provide for extremely effective sound absorption and maximum thermal performance. UltraTouch DOES NOT ITCH and is very easy to handle and work with. UltraTouch contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels compared to other traditional products. There are no VOC concerns when using UltraTouch, as it is safe for you and the environment. UltraTouch is also a Class-A Building Product and meets the highest ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness. By installing UltraTouch, you are making both your building and the environment a safer place to live, work and enjoy.  UltraTouch can be installed in commercial and residential applications.

    Historically batts were made with toxic bonding agents necessary to create a low-cost insulating product with some ability to maintain shape. Havelock Wool batts are comprised of 100% woolfor a healthy home. Unlike other options, there is no synthetic mix in their products, which means there is no glue, no formaldehyde, and no harmful chemicals of any sort. This greatly reduces the net embodied energy in their production process as no high heat is required. Their batts are produced employing a mechanically-driven needle punch. As a result, they are malleable, not rigid or difficult to manipulate. Unlike other forms of insulation, Havelock Wool batts are easy to handle. They do not require protective clothing or safety equipment like respirators, gloves or heavy clothing to install: they are safe to the touch. The perfect insulation for a healthy space.

  • A 15-, 30-, or 45-minutes presentation on all of our interior or exterior cladding brands, including Lapitec, PaperStone cladding, and reSAWN.

Application Specific Presentations

AIA CE Courses

  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU Hour

    Description: Trends in surfacing are constantly shifting over time, but there are a few more reasons why. Quartz fatigue is setting in- its colors and patterns are endlessly mimicked, it is starting to look tacky in an effort to expand, and it is becoming a commodity. On top of that, tariffs and taxes are rising the prices of foreign-made quartz. A new group of surfacing materials are coming into play: sintered stone, next generation of solid surface, and composite surfaces. This is influencing other shifts, such as the affinity for nature (biophilic design), nature-inspired design (biomimicry) and sustainability (using waste as a resource).

    • Understand the role of surfacing (using a case study: the kitchen)
    • Determine key players in the surfacing market and upcoming trends
    • Understand market and demographic changes and other limitations affecting surfacing trends
    • Discover new options for surfacing

    Email us to sign up!
  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU Hour

    Description: The way we solve problems, the way we create, has had lasting consequences on our environment. Pollution, waste, struggling to find the right solution. How can we design better? Nature has solved problems and perfected the solution over 4 billion years, since the Earth's creation. Adapting and evolving to fit current needs has created designs beyond our imagination. This course delves into how to utilize these designs for our needs, as shapes, as functions, and even as whole systems. This is the future of design.

    • Understand what biomimicry is
    • Learn why biomimicry is imperative in sustainable design
    • Learn how to utilize biomimicry
    • Define the different types of biomimicry

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | HSW Hour

    Description:  Green, sustainable, healthy. These words are being thrown around the building industry, becoming mundane and common place. What more can we do? First, we need to look at what we have done. We have created without consequence, designed without regard for our waste. Our world is increasingly becoming a landfill. Now what? We need to Create Better. By thinking of our waste as a resource, using our buildings to restore the environment, and by optimizing our designs to minimize our impact, we can restore the beauty of the natural world while continuing to prosper. This presentation details how to accomplish this and join the movement to Create Better.

    • Understand why we need to Create Better
    • Discover how waste can be a resource
    • Understand how the built environment can give back
    • Learn how to optimize designs to minimize environmental and health implications

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | HSW Hour | GBCI

    GBCI course number: 0920012244

    Learn about the latest trend in interior design: Biophilic Design, which is the incorporation of natural elements using design techniques to improve the environment, employee well-being and productivity. This presentation is more than just theory, it offers case studies and data that back up this type of design and shows how retail, commercial, school, health and hospital buildings and employees can benefit substantially by incorporating the principles of biophilic design. From water features, daylighting, acoustic treatments, sounds and natural imagery to analogs of nature and elevated visual planes, the techniques and materials to invoke them are available for the next generation of design.

    •  What is Biophilic Design?
    •  How does Biophilic Design impact the interior environment?
    •  Understand how businesses can benefit from incorporating this type of design
    •  Learn how to differentiate your firm from others by using biophilic design
    •  Consider what types of products are available for biophilic design 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour | GBCI

    GBCI course number: 0920014132 

    A newcomer in the building rating system playing field, the WELL Building Standard shifts the focus from the built environment to occupants. With features such as indoor air quality and access to clean water from biophilia and healthy sleep promotion, the WELL Building Standard covers all aspects of human life to promote healthy lifestyles. This presentation explores the basics of the standard as well as possible applications as a way to further the awareness of this health-centered standard.

    Understand the basics of the WELL Building Standard
    Understand differences between WELL and other systems
    Consider how WELL can be applied/modified to a specific project type
    Briefly cover the components of the standard 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    Heard of the WELL Building Standard and not sure exactly what it entails? Interested in becoming an industry leader in health and well being in regards to building design and operation? This presentation serves as an introduction to the WELL Building Standard but also details some tips and tricks in effectively earning your WELL Accredited Professional title.

    • Understand the basics of the WELL Building Standard
    • Consider how WELL can be applied to a specific project type
    • Briefly cover the components of the standard
    • Understand how to become a WELL AP 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    While the basics of sustainable or green design are becoming more commonplace, there are many new building rating systems to push the limits of sustainable practices. This course will explore the basics of LEEDv4, WELL, Living Building Challenge, and the Built Positive movement and detail how these systems can be applied to multiple project types.

    • Define LEED, WELL, LBC and Built Positive
    • Understand differences between the rating systems
    • Compare methods and key points of each system
    • Consider how each system can be applied to a project 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    How many times have you been eating dinner at a restaurant and can't hear your friend over the commotion? Or been focusing in an office that is too quiet, where you can hear every little sound, even the typing of Susan in the next cubicle over? Acoustics play an integral role in our comfort, which ultimately affects our health. This course will focus on the basics of sound and acoustics as well as how those impact our health and productivity.

    • Understand the basics of sound
    • Learn the properties of sound and acoustic performance
    • Learn how sound interacts within buildings and how that affects occupant health
    • Consider applications for better sound quality and control 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour | (.1) IDCEC/NCIDQ | GBCI
    GBCI: 0920000403

    GBCI: 0920000403

    This presentation takes a comprehensive look at the LEED v4 Materials and Resources section. New requirements for material transparency and disclosure have changed the landscape for sustainable materials. We give a comprehensive, but understandable breakdown of these changes and what they mean by looking at each credit. This complete overhaul in the Materials and Resources section has also resulted in many new standards and certifications being introduced to architects, designers and product manufacturers as well. We aim to simplify these new requirements in an understandable way. Lastly, this course takes a look at what materials manufacturers are going to have to do in order to meet these requirements for disclosure and ultimately, optimization.

    • Why Focus on Interior Materials?
    • Understand Materials and Resources Credits – Overhaul in LEED v4
    • Optimize material selection for LEED Credits and reduced environmental impact
    • Understand the impact of material selection when designing sustainable spaces

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour | GBCI 

    • GBCI: 0920007207 

    What's next after granite? It is a question many thought would never come, but as history shows us, there needs to be a new option for designers and architects that address the current generation's needs. This course looks at the history of surfacing options, the market trends and considers the current concerns of businesses, offices and homeowners as they make decisions on what they want in their space. Adding the desire for a "good environmental story" or "environmental stewardship" to the mix creates an interesting new suite of materials that are ideally positioned to be the next modern surfacing options.

    • Understand the last five decades of countertop trends
    • Evaluate the forecast, does it make sense?
    • Consider sustainability and how much of an impact it will have in this space
    • What new products are on the horizon and how do they address durability, design and sustainability 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    Turning Paper into Stone explores the transition of everyday fibers to a solid stone-like surface that is virtually impenetrable and less brittle than natural stone. Learn how a simple, carefully managed process can have a positive environmental impact and create a stunning, durable product with a matte finish unrivaled by any other surface. This presentation explores the journey of an everyday commodity to a unique surfacing material.

    • Understand the basic properties of paper and wood fiber
    • Consider recycled paper and the options for reuse
    • Learn about phenolic resin – naturally occurring and man-made
    • Develop a new understanding of the durability of composite countertops
    • Ultimately – learn how to turn paper into stone

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | HSW Hour

    This one hour course examines the characteristics, performance standards, and design possibilities of the latest in architectural surfaces: sintered stone. Design professionals will gain a full understanding of sintered stone as an ideal product for countertops, flooring and cladding applications.

    • Define “Sintered Stone”
    • Compare Sintered Stone performance properties with other surfacing materials
    • Discover the range and differences between products available in the Sintered Stone category 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU

    This course will focus on specifying wood as a sustainable, durable exterior cladding material. The course will begin with a discussion of commonly used wood species such as Cypress, Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Accoya and Kebony — comparing and contrasting the merits and price points of each species. We will further discuss the historic context of using wood as exterior cladding citing specific examples. The second half of the course will focus on various finishing options for exterior siding including the technique of shou sugi ban and the concept of naturally weathering in place. Finally, a thorough discussion of install considerations will be conducted including controlling for moisture and the use of a rain screen application. Once the course is complete, architects and designers should have a thorough understanding of how to specify exterior wood siding as a beautiful, natural material.

    • Be able to compare & contrast the durability, sustainability, availability and price point for various exterior wood cladding species & grades
    • Be able to discuss the historical context of exterior wood cladding
    • Be able to identify various finishing techniques for natural wood cladding including post-install care + maintenance - including shou sugi ban charring & weathering naturally in place
    • Be able to discuss various installation considerations including controlling for moisture, rain screen applications and recommended fasteners

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  • Length: 60 Minutes with Q&A 
    Credit: 1 LU | HSW Hour | IDCEC

    This course The presentation will explore how cork is used throughout history beginning with the Glacial period right through modern-day times. We will look at the many different uses of cork as wine stoppers, thermal and acoustic insulators and as flooring material. We will explore how cork is harvested and the specific technique that is involved in this age-old trade. We will review the manufacturing process of cork flooring and what 3rd party environmental certifications are available for flooring.

    • Learn about the history and origins of cork
    • Create awareness on the ethical harvesting practices of cork and understand the sustainable features of Cork
    • Understand the features and benefits of cork flooring as a material
    • Learn about the types of cork flooring and the installation process

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 AIA LU | HSW Hour 
    Self-report using pre-approval code IIDA-1819 

    Fitwel Certification brings human and environmental health to the forefront of building design. Unlike other building standards that put systems before people, Fitwel considers all the building materials used in the space and their impact on the occupants of that space. Whether certifying a single project or a portfolio of buildings, the Fitwel certification integrates best practices to keep your space healthy. No, this isn’t just another stringent building standard that requires endless paperwork, but a solution to our obvious need to rethink our spaces and is an investment in the users of the space.

    • Learn the benefits of Fitwel Certifications in both residential and commercial spaces
    • Understand the requirements for certification for different project types
    • Consider building materials and their role in Fitwel certification
    • Develop a knowledge of which building materials can have a positive impact and how

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 AIA LU
    Self-report using pre-approval code IIDA-1819 

    In the simplest of terms, a circular economy is an economic framework that is restorative and regenerative by nature. Also referred to as a closed-loop system, circular economies seek to cut out the single-use, waste-creating aspects of our current economic system and instead replace them with practices that not only reduce waste but also find ways to keep products and materials in use while regenerating natural systems. So instead of a system that depletes our resources and jeopardizes the health of the planet, circular economy systems work to create a system in which the things we buy are created out of resources we already have, and, once we are finished with them, can be put back into the system of commerce (rather than a landfill).

    • Understand the concept of circularity as it applies to buildings and building materials
    • Learn the role of product manufacturers in circularity
    • Understand take-back programs and how they work
    • Learn how to design for circularity

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  • A quick cheat sheet on Biophilic Design- what it is, how to implement it, some relevant images

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  • A quick cheat sheet on Biophilic Design - what it is, how to implement it, with an emphasis on data and numbers.

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  • A sheet detailing LEEDv4 for Interiors - applicable credits, ways to choose better materials, and the importance of materials.

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 AIA LU
    Antibacterial, antimicrobial, biocidal - what does it all mean? Surfaces have always mattered and are often the centerpieces of our built environment, and with changing requirements of our surfaces, it’s important to understand all these new terms and what they mean for occupant health and safety. Throughout this presentation, we will look at different health claims being made in order to help understand how we can innovate with health in mind.

    • Understand how health claims are presented in surfacing materials
    • Be able to identify Antimicrobials and how they are used
    • Learn how to being identifying healthy surfacing materials
    • What role you play in the future of surfacing materials 

Our Commitment to the Green Community

As the green building community evolves and grows, we want to do our part. We believe that being involved in any community deepens your connection to it. So we put that into practice in our green building community. We participate in professional organizations and accreditation bodies, including:

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

The USGBC works with members to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

American Institute of Archictects (AIA)

The AIA plays an active role in the continuing education of its members to maximize their professional skills through effective learning partnerships with firms, continuing education providers, and all AIA components. CaraGreen also plays an active role as an AIA CES Registered Provider. This means that we can come to your firm and provide educational content to architects and interior designers that will result in continuing education credits. Contact to schedule an AIA lunch and learn.

North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA):

NCBPA represents the companies and professionals that make North Carolina’s homes and buildings work better. The association supports member architects, builders, contractors, product suppliers and many others through member services, education, advocacy, events and much more. As part of its mission to educate and inform its industry, NCBPA offers a wide range of educational webinars, in-person workshops and conferences. As a member company, CaraGreen provides education to NCBPA members through webinars, presentations and workshops.