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TorZo Orient and Tiikeri Now Formatted for Floors

Torzo Orient and Tiikeri are now available as flooring products. The flooring comes in four standard colors and is available in 5” wide planks or as tiles in assorted sizes.
 
The flooring is pre-finished with a ceramic-based UV cured finish. Orient flooring is solid, whereas Tiikeri is engineered. Orient flooring has the highest janka ball rating CaraGreen has ever seen at 4,589 lbs. This means it’s incredibly durable and a great choice for commercial applications. All TorZo products are made from recycled and/or rapidly renewable, urea formaldehyde free materials infused with acrylic resin for durability. To read more about TorZo flooring, visit the prouct pages for Torzo Orient and Tiikeri on our website. Or, to request samples, contact us.

New Turbocharged Tiikeri Colors

TorZo Tiikeri, made from 50% recycled and rapidly renewable sorghum straw, comes in 4 new saturated colors: Emerald, Ruby, Turquoise, and Amethyst. Tiikeri can be used for both vertical and horizontal applications, including wall paneling, furniture, and worktops. Like all TorZo products, it’s infused with acrylic resin for durability and contains no added urea formaldehyde. For more information on TorZo Tiikeri, or to get samples, contact us!

Tiikeri Colors

Understanding Green Building Materials, Authored by CaraGreen Leadership, Now Available

CaraGreen is celebrating the release of Understanding Green Building Materials, a book written by our very own Stacy Glass and Jessica McNaughton, along with Traci Rose Rider of Trace Collaborative. The primer, now available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, explains green building products – what they are and how to choose them. From eco-friendly sheetrock to sustainable paint finishes, the green building movement is expanding. But with new products, manufacturers, and standards being introduced routinely, how are architects or designers to know what’s best for their projects? This book summarizes what is available and the considerations for selecting sustainable materials.
 
Purchase hard copies now through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The electronic version will be released in the next month on Amazon.

Stacy Glass Understanding Green Building Materials

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.

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.

CaraGreen Welcomes New Philadelphia Area Representative, Ethos Sustainable Finishes

CaraGreen is proud to announce that we have a new representative in the Philadelphia area, Ethos Sustainable Finishes. Ethos will help CaraGreen promote our portfolio of sustainable products and be a resource for architects and designers in the Philadelphia area. Ethos was a natural fit with CaraGreen, as they’ve been working with manufacturers whose materials emphasize performance, environmental responsibility and improved indoor air quality for years. Ethos has a team of professionals that are committed to providing exceptional, customized service to assist you in seamlessly achieving your project goals.  
 
To learn more about Ethos, visit their website.

Ethos Sustainable Finishes Team 
CaraGreen is currently seeking independent sales and marketing representatives in Chicago, New York, and Boston.  Please contact us for more information.

CaraGreen Seeking Director of Sales

CaraGreen, LLC is a distributor of environmentally sustainable building materials.  The company seeks a motivated Director of Sales who will be responsible for driving sales in the Eastern United States.

Compensation:  For this full-time position, compensation will consist of a base salary that is commensurate with experience and a bonus that is commensurate with performance.  Benefits include paid time off, health insurance, and 401k.  This position would also be eligible for the company’s profit sharing plan. 

Reports to:  President

Company:  In early 2008, CaraGreen began distributing innovative, high-quality sustainable building materials in the Southeastern United States.  The company’s principal office is located in Carrboro, NC, and its warehouse is located in Graham, NC.  With green building gaining momentum and permanency in the United States, CaraGreen desires to expand its territory beyond the Southeastern United States to capitalize on this fast growing segment of the building materials market.  CaraGreen is a family-owned company whose principals have experience in green design; green product distribution; product, building, and interior design; and the professional services industry.

Responsibilities:  The Director of Sales will have overall responsibility for all sales activities of the company. Responsibilities include:
    * Establish and manage a network of manufacturers’ reps on the East coast.
    * Expand and manage the company’s sales force.
    * Prospect for potential new clients, and service existing clients, in the Raleigh/Durham area:
          o Architects & Designers
          o Fabricators / distributors
          o Kitchen and Bath showrooms
          o Green retailers
    * Identify high profile commercial projects and pursue specification of CaraGreen products.
    * Comprehensive use and understanding of company Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database. 
    * Participate in designated trade shows and trade associations.
    * Understand Green Building Certification programs and become an Accredited Professional in the USGBC’s LEED rating system.
    * Make professional presentations on products and programs.
    * Create and manage sales and marketing expense budgets.

Travel:  Travel on the East coast is expected initially to set up rep network, followed by regular travel within the territory thereafter (average 5 – 6 overnights per month).      

Experience:
    * 10 years outside sales and/or sales management experience required
    * Four-year college degree
    * Experience with building products preferred
    * Experience with manufacturers’ reps preferred
    * Interest in environmental sustainability and green products is a plus

Desired Traits: CaraGreen believes the Director of Sales should possess the following traits:
    * Opportunistic and entrepreneurial
    * Growth-oriented and self-motivated
    * Good presentation and speaking skills
    * Superior follow-up skills and attention to detail
    * Strong work ethic
    * Fast learner
    * Sales management skills compatible with company culture
    * Must be a team player

Direct resumes to [email protected].

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.

CaraGreen Now Offering Education on Labels and Certifications

CaraGreen has added a new lunch and learn to our list of educational offerings. The course titled How to Assess Materials Sustainable Attributes – Breaking Down Labels and Certifications, provides 1 AIA CES HSW credit. As more sustainable materials are introduced to the market, it becomes increasingly difficult to figure out how to compare products. This course on Labels and Certifications helps clarify which products can meet your project requirements and how you can distinguish truly sustainable features from invalidated claims. The course considers the best techniques for assessing product sustainability based on a single attribute or considering a product’s full life cycle.  We will simplify the process of determining what makes a product sustainable and why.  Learning objectives include:

-Define the connection between Buildings, Interiors and Material Selection
-Learn Health, Environmental and Social Impacts of Material Selection
-Examine what makes a good label or certification program
-Identify which sustainable materials meet your project needs today

Other CaraGreen course offerings currently include: Building Materials for Sustainable Interiors, Life Cycle Analysis Tools and Evaluation Methods for Sustainable Interiors, Sustainable Surfacing Materials, and Bamboo Flooring & Plywood in a Sustainable Design Environment

For more information on having CaraGreen present at your firm, contact Lisa.

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…