July Vignette - Christmas in July

From Back to Front:

Torzo - Orient, Onyx
Bark House - White Birch
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Green, 6025
Kirei - Kirei Board
Durat - 168
IceStone - Moroccan Red

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Color Heals: Case Study: Lee Memorial Hospital

It is widely known that color helps you heal. Studies show that color evokes well being, hospitals are always looking for ways to help patients recover faster, and designers are using color in healthcare design.

Durat solid surface is the only solution for a facility looking for color. Outside of using a cheap plastic laminate that can not be refinished when damaged, and often looks tacky, Durat is the only surface with 70 standard color options. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida was specified by FKP out of Houston, and used Durat’s bright suite of colors to incorporate color on every floor of the hospital.  

  • 2nd Floor - Durat 480 (Orange)
  • 3rd Floor - Durat 750 (Purple)
  • 4th Floor - Durat 230 (Light Blue)
  • 5th Floor - Durat 080 (Blue)
  • 6th Floor - Durat 810 (Light Green)
  • 7th Floor - Durat 800 (Green)

For more information on Durat, email durat@caragreen.com.

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Back To Our Roots

CaraGreen used to focus on bringing the best in education materials and relevant topics to our customers. Over time, we took a step back as the standards evolved and people stood at an impasse as to whether they would adopt LEED v4, or just give up on “green” altogether as it was a foregone conclusion. 

But we are back, and better than ever. WELL, HPD 2.0, mindful materials. Ask us!

We have the answers and guidance that you need on these subjects. What’s next in materials? We have that as well.  We have a series of courses for credit (AIA, IIDA, GBCI) that give you guidance on what is next in materials, standards and applications.   

We offer the following education courses:

  • Sintered Stone (the next surfacing material to replace granite and quartz)
  • WELL Standard (what it is and how to become a WELL AP)
  • Building Standards - What should you do? (WELL  vs. LEED vs. Living Building)
  • Turning Paper Into Stone (how to take recycled paper and make stone)
  • Modern Surfaces (when you don’t want to specify quartz anymore)
  • LEED v4 - Materials (what are all these changes)

Email:  kim@caragreen.com to book a course in your area.

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This Surface Reduces Pollution Inside and Out

The epitome of surfacing materials has arrived.  A material that can be used indoor and out as a countertop, flooring, on walls or as external cladding. While the applications are unlimited, the performance is even more jaw-dropping. Lapitec sintered stone surfaces clean the air. That is right, they remove pollutants from indoor and outdoor air. One of the most common outdoor and indoor pollutants, NOx, (pronounced “knocks”) is a family of pollutants that includes Nitric oxide (NO) and Nitrogen dioxide (NO2). These are gases known to form acid rain and smog, and are also responsible for the existence of particulate matter (PM) which are an indicator of air toxicity. Lapitec surfaces incorporate Bio-Care technology into the slabs of material which removes the NOx from the air. Photocatalysis, which is the reaction of light and a catalyst (TiO2), helps spur the reaction in an exterior environment and breaks the pollutant down. Titanium Dioxide has been studied extensively for this purpose and Lapitec has used that technology to make an amazing, nearly indestructible surface, even better. The next level of sustainability has been achieved.

For more information on the self-cleaning properties of Lapitec, or for a lunch and learn on the material, email lapitec@caragreen.com.

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Can You Feel Me?

Textures are in. Surfaces that make you want to touch them and offer a finish that is not simply polished, like most natural stone and granite, are the holy grail in the design space right now. Being able to design around something that is not glaring and reflecting light all over the place offers designers a way to showcase all of the elements of a space and not have to navigate around a surface that is serving as a disco ball.

PaperStone has always had a matte finish, organic look, and wears in without wearing out. It can be left as is, with a raw, warm feel, or polished up to a slight gloss.

Lapitec offers eight finishes, from the smooth Lux, to the slightly subtle Satin, a rough, lava stone like Vesuvio and all the textures in between.  A natural anti-slip flooring, or gentle, run-your-hand-along me wall or countertop, Lapitec can wrap the interior or exterior of a building with its suite of textures, and unmatched UV stain and scratch resistance.

To experience these alternatives to the glaring surface we have become so used to, email us at info@caragreen.com to stop by or have samples sent your way.

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June Vignette - Summertime

From Back to Front:

Durat - 310
IceStone - Forest Fern
Kirei - Coco Tiles, Java Collection, Losari Leather
Kirei - Coco Tiles, Sumatra Collection, Gido
Lapitec - Lux, Arabescato Michelangelo

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Hello Topo!

Texture reigns supreme.  Meet the new Topo tiles from Kirei.  In two new elevated patterns, EchoPanel continues to expand its acoustic options.  Great for after-the-fact sound control, or integrated acoustic design, Topo tiles use both soft surfaces and different thicknesses within a single tile to address sound control issues.  Joining Wave, Dune and Vee tiles, Topo is available in 2 finishes: Pixel and Barcode and in 20 standard colors.

For samples, email echopanel@caragreen.com.

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What is SuperKü​l?

reSAWN Timber continues to add to its charred Shou Sugi Ban collection with the Kebony series. SuperKül is one of the options that uses the patented Kebony technique of modifying the wood cell walls to make the material harder and suitable for outdoor use. The process uses an environmentally friendly, bio-based liquid to make softwoods such as pine much harder, and more dimensionally stable, while sporting the beautiful aesthetic of charred Shou Sugi Ban.

For samples of SuperKul and other reSAWN charred options, email resawn@caragreen.com.

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Our Sinks are Swimming in Color

Bored with your white and bone sink options? Is stainless steel falling a little flat for you?

Bright Durat sinks are a great option for seamless countertops with integral sinks. Add contrasting colors or create a continuous single color surface for your projects. We have added new sizes to our portfolio, which can be seen here.

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May Vignette - May Flowers

From Back to Front:

Lapitec - Satin, Arabescato Michelangelo
Durat - 030, 280, 750
Wonderwall Studios - Jazz

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