Learning is Earning

WELL Building, Biophilic Design, Acoustics, and Sintered Stone are all trending topics right now. We have FREE Courses on all of these for architecture and design firms. Let us know which one suits you and we will get you on our calendar. Email info@caragreen.com to set up a Lunch and Learn to earn your credits!

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Moving Up - We Have A New Office!

Sandy is in organizational heaven and the label maker has never been tested like this before. The CaraGreen showroom got a massive upgrade, and is still a work in progress, but we now have so much more space to show off our amazing products! Finally co-located with our warehouse, we have loads more space for people, inventory, and samples. We are also doing installs with our materials so you can see them in action. PaperStone desks, Lapitec conference tables, Kirei EchoPanel acoustic solutions, reSAWN Timber charred clad walls, bamboo flooring, Plyboo desks, and more! To make an appointment to come by and check out all our products, please call 919.929.3009.

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Upgrade Your Curves

Whether you like them skinny straight or curvy, this new Kirei product is going to upgrade your acoustic options. Introducing, EchoLine, a linear panel which can be wrapped or bent around curves to deaden sound and look good doing it. EchoLine is available in four different styles and 20 colors. A complement to the already robust and diverse EchoPanel options - which include EchoStars, EchoSkys, and EchoScreens - EchoLine creates a bendable, colorful option to satisfy all types of spaces. Sound control means comfort, and we even have an AIA CE course devoted to it.

For more information on EchoLine, email us at echopanel@caragreen.com.​

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What’s In Your Wall?

Stop shoving toxic, pink fiberglass in your walls! If you can’t touch it, why do you want to breathe it? We are proud to partner with Havelock Wool, in promoting their wool insulation as a healthy alternative to fiberglass. This responsibly harvested insulation performs better acoustically, regulates humidity within the wall cavity, and permanently removes toxins from the air. Unmatched by any other insulation product on the market, wool insulation is now readily available in the US, with Havelock Wool leading the way. The structure of the wool fiber is the secret to the performance, and hundreds of years of evolution have perfected this fiber, which when used as insulation, can make any space healthier. So go ahead, count your sheep and sleep well knowing that you can breathe easy without the fear of fiberglass. Available as loose fill or batts (R7, R13, and R20), Havelock Wool can cover the whole building envelope.

Please email wool@caragreen.com for free samples.

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July Testimonial - Eating Pollution

See how Jack is planning on solving the world's problems with Lapitec!

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Indoor and Outdoor Man Caves

Cellar dwellers can rejoice as the man cave comes to the backyard in the form of the outdoor kitchen. Big Green Eggs, Traegers, and Webers are flanked by some of the most durable surfaces imaginable. Fire pits and fireplaces are getting high-end upgrades with new textures and claddings that are far more attractive and interesting than traditional dull stone that had a foothold in outdoor kitchens for decades.

Come see our booth (#2862) at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA, August 22-25 to see our installation of indoor and outdoor man caves using PaperStone, CharredStone, Lapitec, reSAWN Charred Timber, and GatorSkins. There will be a chance to win a Big Green Egg to get you started!

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Hallelujah! EchoPanel Offers Sound Salvation

Kirei recently introduced the Balance Tile: a three dimensional acoustic tile made from recycled plastic bottles. The designers at the World Harvest Church in Roswell, GA, quickly noticed the sleek tile and integrated them into their space, creating a beautiful and comfortable lounge space with depth and visual appeal. The Kirei Balance Tiles were used in the Family Check-In area, where they were flanked by smoky blue furnishings and wall accents.

According to Ymani Tannis, Interior Designer and church member at World Harvest Church:
"We chose this product not only because of its acoustic properties, but also its endless design solutions to meet the aesthetic of the space. I personally love EchoPanels and all of Kirei's products to execute a great design!"

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Straws Suck, but what are YOU doing about it?

There has been a massive movement to get rid of straws. McDonald’s, Starbucks, and many other take-out and dining establishments have jumped on the bandwagon. Save the straws, save the planet. We think the Straw is a token symbol of the move to get rid of the copious amounts of unneeded plastic that we mindlessly toss away every day. Here are six quick tips that you can take to go beyond the straw and really make an impact:

  1. Ask for no plasticware when you order takeout.
  2. Bring your own coffee cup to fill up.
  3. Bring a reusable water bottle and stop using plastic bottles!
  4. Ask them to hold the lid AND the straw when ordering a drink (especially if you're dining IN)!
  5. Go back to the car to get those reusable grocery bags, even if you forgot! And STOP using the produce bags, do you really need a whole bag for one avocado?
  6. And of course, choose sustainable materials for your buildings.

Tag us @caragreenproducts when you take one of these steps and we will send you a reusable straw!

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Summer Camp coming to learn about Sustainability and rocking their new reusable straws!

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June Vignette - Burning Bright

Products from bottom to top:

Lapitec - Dune, Nero Assoluto
Kirei - EchoPanel, Geometry Tiles, Hex 151
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Hayward
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Can, Hai
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Orange 2008
IceStone - Tuscan Sunset

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Sharing Is Caring - Co-working Spaces Are HOT

Our spotlight is on this stunner of an interior renovation in Charlotte, NC - CoCoTiv. Spearheaded by the RdM Architecture Team:

Rick Mack (Architect and General Contractor), Barrow Koslosky (Project Manager), Julia Badorrek (Intern Architect), Miriam Webster (Interior Designer), Doug Williams (Superintendent). What are some of the biggest challenges in renovating these co-working spaces: Acoustics! RdM solved this issue by using EchoPanel Hex Tiles: easy to apply and visually appealing, EchoPanel accomplished exactly what RdM was hoping to achieve.

According to Webster, “Providing prototype design services for this new co-working company required extensive research and conceptual initiatives into this emerging industry. RdM worked closely with the Owner to achieve maximum revenue opportunities by maximizing occupancy and memberships.”

CoCoTiv is situated on the 4th floor of the reimagined Park Seneca Building originally built in 1970, the 12,600 SF space has beautiful views of the uptown Charlotte skyline looking north and suburban views to South Park. Webster was pleased with the final design, calling it “an artful combination of hard, rough building components, exposed structure, systems, and utilities, and street graphics are softened with reclaimed wood and neutral fabrics with splashes of trendy color elements then blended into a gritty but comfortable urban oasis.” We love being part of the solution, and Kirei EchoPanel always delivers.

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