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Durat Featured in September Issue of UK Elle Decoration

Durat is featured in the September issue of UK Elle Decoration in the “Material Matters” section. The article focuses on materials used in kitchens and states “the materials you choose are vital to making the hardest-working room in the house function efficiently.” The collage of materials above from the magazine features Durat in colors 030 and 730 as a worktop option with recycled content. The article gives this advice when selecting a countertop material:

-Establish what you want in a surface and familiarize yourself with the look and properties of different materials
-Research maintenance of materials (Durat requires no sealing, it’s stain resistant, and scratches can be buffed out)
-Choose materials according to the task they’ll be used for (ex. use a non-porous material, like Durat, around sink)
-Consider thickness, some materials can be built up to achieve a monolithic look, others can be ultra thin. (Durat can be either)
-Set aside as much of your budget as you can afford for the worktop, as it is the most used part of your kitchen.

Learn more about Durat.

Durat to Exhibit at NeoCon East October 17-18

The rendering above is a sneak peek at Durat’s colorful booth which will be on display at NeoCon East this year. Held in Baltimore, MD on October 17th and 18th, NeoCon East is the premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. Durat’s booth will explore the versatility of the sustainable solid surface material from form to color. A vanity with sink, tub, tabletop, and seamed sheets will all be part of the display, along with samples of the spectrum of colors Durat comes in. Durat will join over 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest interior products and innovations in the market. If you plan to be at the show, please stop by and see the booth!

Durat booth design by Cassy Lindahl and SitzerSpuria Studios
To be produced by SitzerSpuria Inc

Durat, Meld, and TorZo to be part of Curated Materials Exhibit at Neocon

Durat, Meld, and TorZo have all been selected to take part in the Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion at NeoCon happening in Chicago June 11th-13th. In this exhibit hundreds of material samples will be displayed side-by-side, with details on their origin, makeup and recommended applications. This experiential, educational exhibit is curated by design historian and materials specialist Grace Jeffers. The exhibit will be on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart, 8-3130. The Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion will be hosting educational exhibits and sponsoring CEU presentations. TorZo will also have a booth at Neocon, 7-7038, which will show their latest innovations. If you’re planning to be at Neocon, we invite you to visit both of these exhibits, browse, ask questions and get inspired!

CaraGreen Expands TorZo Territory Into DC and Maryland

CaraGreen now represents TorZo Sustainable Surfaces in DC and Maryland. The additional territory comes as a result of CaraGreen’s success with the product in NC, SC, GA, TN, VA, and FL. CaraGreen has secured specifications in projects ranging from corporate offices to restaurants. Sales Manager, Lisa Feldman commented “We are more enthusiastic than ever about TorZo’s products. They have a stellar sustainability profile, interesting aesthetic, and the company continually innovates.” TorZo sheet goods are manufactured from agricultural by-products, such as sorghum straw and wheat, as well as recycled wood. Their proprietary acrylic infusion process transforms these sheets into hard and very durable surface material suitable for horizontal or vertical applications in both commercial and residential environments. TorZo will take part in the Design Expo at the AIA National Convention in Washington DC next month. Stop by their booth, #1808, and see their materials firsthand. Or, for more more information on TorZo, contact us.

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CaraGreen Partners With SurfaceSource to Represent Products in New England

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CaraGreen is delighted to announce a new partnership with SurfaceSource who will bring Durat and Meld to architects, designers, and construction professionals in New England. SurfaceSource is an experienced team of six materials experts that exclusively represent manufacturers of eco-friendly surfaces, making the addition of Durat and Meld to their portfolio a natural choice. The team is highly knowledgeable about commercial finishes, their suitability for applications, true green attributes, and integration into design schemes. SurfaceSource provides architects and contractors full service product selection and specification services. 

SurfaceSource President Victoria Rickert, our Connecticut rep, is a Certified AIA CES and IDCEC Continuing Education Presenter and a CSI Construction Documents Technologist with more than 20 years construction industry experience including surface specification, fabrication and installation. Boston will be the first market that SurfaceSource rolls out CaraGreen’s products to, which is covered by the capable duo of Bill Blasek and Lisa Walters, LEED AP. To contact SurfaceSource for information on Durat or Meld, click here.


CaraGreen’s Reach Extends to Florida with Addition of Partner, iSolutions Group

iSolutions Group

CaraGreen welcomes iSolutions Group as our product representative in Florida for Meld, Durat, and TorZo. iSolutions Group provides innovative materials that help inspire Architects and Designers by sparking imaginations and pushing the limits of creativity. Their offering reflects Florida’s discerning design culture and helps to create environments that meet the most complex design challenges. They encourage well-rounded products that capture the attention of the design-driven, but also deliver performance and sustainability. iSolutions Group shares CaraGreen’s passion for providing healthy, environmentally friendly products to help create a more sustainable future. They provide solutions that limit resource consumption, improve building performance, and promote health and productivity. And, they provide excellent service to architects, designers, and contractors through project reviews, samples, literature, AIA Continuing Education, NCIDQ seminars, specification reviews, and technical assistance. If you’re in Florida and would like more information on Durat, Meld, or TorZo, please contact iSolutions Group.

 

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.

Durat Comes With 15-Year Warranty

Durat solid surface is known for its exceptional color palette, all around beauty, and strong sustainability profile. Durat also boasts a 15-year warranty, which is among the best in the industry. This warranty accompanies all sales of Durat sheet and shape goods (sinks, tubs, shower trays). Durat has a second 5-year warranty on products they fabricate, such as vanities with integral sinks. Both warranties signify the company’s commitment to durability and longevity. To learn more about Durat and download the warranties, visit the Durat’s product page.

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CaraGreen To Exhibit at AIA NC Design Conference

CaraGreen will be exhibiting at the AIA North Carolina Design Conference in Raleigh, NC September 7-10. We will have the latest innovations from Durat, EcoTimber, Meld, TorZo, UltraTouch, and Barkhouse.  The show is being held at the Raleigh Convention Center and this year’s conference theme, “Transform,” is a call to AIA North Carolina architects to reinvigorate their businesses, designs, and practices for a new era. CaraGreen will occupy booths 424 and 426 – stop by, see our sustainable product portfolio, and say hello!